Southern Comfort ‘Mardi Gras Food & Drink Recipes’ – American Whiskey News

Mardi Gras is celebrated with good friends, great beverages, and a lively spirit. And nowhere is Mardi Gras recognized more than in New Orleans, where a local bartender founded Southern Comfort (SoCo) in 1874. This year, Mardi Gras celebrations ranging from small groups of friends to large city-wide celebrations will take place throughout the U.S., from New Orleans to St. Louis to Buffalo to San Diego, among other great cities. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday.” Fat Tuesday always precedes Ash Wednesday, but can fall anywhere from February 3 to March 9. The floating date is always 47 days before Easter, which falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring Equinox. This year, Mardi Gras will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 21.

Below are some great food and drink recipes to share with friends and let the good times roll!

Southern Hurricane

In a shaker with ice add
1½ oz. Southern Comfort®
1½ oz. Sweet and Sour Mix
1½ oz. Orange Juice
1½ oz. Pineapple Juice
Splash of Grenadine
Strain into hurricane glass and garnish with cherry and orange

SoCo Fiery Pepper Bloody Mary (a spicy twist to a favorite cocktail)

2 oz. Southern Comfort Fiery Pepper
6 oz. Bloody Mary mix
Squeeze of lime
Combine ingredients in a tall glass with ice. Stir cautiously. Garnish with a celery stick.

Cajun Shrimp and Cucumber

1 pound raw shrimp, peeled, tail off (45-50 count)
2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (one of your favorites)
4 teaspoon Southern Comfort Fiery Pepper
Salt
Pepper
1 English (seedless) cucumber, sliced into rounds
½ cup sour cream
Paprika

Marinate the shrimp in the olive oil, Cajun seasoning, Southern Comfort Fiery Pepper for 10 minutes. Sauté in a hot pan until cooked through and just pink / opaque in color. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Prepare cucumber by slicing it into thin rounds. Place a dollop of sour cream on the cucumber and top with a cooked shrimp. Garnish with a dusting of paprika. Serves 10 – 12.

Southern Comfort Cake

1 (18 1/2 oz.) box yellow cake mix
1 (3 1/4 oz.) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1/2 cup Southern Comfort
4 eggs
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped

Glaze:
4 tbsp. butter
1/8 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup Southern Comfort

Preheat oven to 325ºF. Combine cake ingredients in a large bowl and beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into a greased and floured 10-inch tube or 12-cup bundt pan. Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. To make glaze, melt butter in saucepan. Stir in water and sugar. Boil 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in Southern Comfort. Invert cake on serving plate; prick top with fork and drizzle half of glaze evenly over top and sides. After cake has cooled, reheat remainder of glaze and brush evenly over cake. Dust with sifted powdered sugar just before serving. Makes 12 servings.

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