In case you haven’t noticed, it’s Mardi Gras time!!! People are watching parades, catching beads and gulping down cocktails and beer simultaneously in New Orleans, other parts of Louisiana and Galveston, Texas. Two of the most popular cocktails inspired by New Orleans are the Hand Grenade and Hurricane, which are ideal for our Mardi Gras-inspired Cocktails of the Week. The Hand Grenade consists of… well, actually I don’t know what it consists of because it’s a “SECRET” recipe. It is said that only a bar named Tropical Isle in New Orleans, at the end of Bourbon Street, has “The” Hand Grenade. They’re not sharing the secret, and have declared that any other recipes found online are fake. I can tell you that the Hand Grenade is fruity, has a melon taste and is supposedly very potent. It’s served on the rocks in a really cool, neon green, grenade yard cup. So, if you’re in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, be sure to try “The” Hand Grenade. For those of us who are not in New Orleans, you can celebrate your Mardi Gras with a Hurricane! The Hurricane cocktail can be served frozen or on the rocks, and consists of Light Rum, Dark Rum, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice and Grenadine- sometimes 151 Proof Rum is added (Eeeek!). The Hurricane is fruity and tropical, and the Dark Rum gives it a Jamaican “Island” taste. The Hurricane is a classic cocktail, and can be ordered at bars everywhere. Top your Mardi Gras off with a Hand Grenade or a Hurricane! Literally!