There will be plenty of beer and frozen daiquiris on Mardi Gras Day. Here’s where to go to toast the season with something just as festive, with a bit more flair.
SoBou: As the official close of the king cake season rears its sober, king cake-less head, it’s not a bad time to imbibe the sweet treat of Carnival. Head over to SoBou for a king cake sua da. With espresso, king-cake infused brandy, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla, this cocktail takes a cue from New Orleans’s large Vietnamese population and the iconic cafe sua da (or Vietnamese iced coffee). Open Mardi Gras day with plenty of open reservations on Opentable. 310 Rue Chartres; sobounola.com
The Bombay Club: The Ojen cocktail is the unofficial cocktail of the Krewe of Rex and the drink used to toast the king of Carnival of Mardi Gras Day. The Bombay Club will be making its version of this libation, served with one of ten traditional “French fèves.” The little figurines make up a ten-piece jazz band. Opens on Mardi Gras day at 11 a.m. for brunch. Plenty of reservations still available on OpenTable. 830 Conti Street; bombayclubneworleans.com
Meril: This Emeril Lagasse restaurant has a Flambeaux punch, with rum, passionfruit, banana, and ginger syrup. Appropriately, it’s set aflame tableside. Open Mardi Gras Day. Plenty of reservations available on OpenTable. 424 Girod St; www.emerilsrestaurants.com/meril