“The devil made me do it,” might be the excuse for the amount of shenanigans during Fasching, Mardi Gras, or Carnival. Although the customs and name may vary in different parts of the world, the days preceding Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten season, includes partying in the streets for days. Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, is a big day on the Roman Catholic calendar.
In French, Mardi Gras translates to Fat Tuesday, literally. The name comes from a time when the French would parade a huge ox around the streets of Paris on Shrove Tuesday. It was also a time when any and all fats in the home were used before Lent. Shrove Tuesday is an old practice which means confessing one’s sins on this day in preparation of the holy season, Lent.
Fat Tuesday is a good day to test this old world cocktail. A little tequila goes a long way — don’t blame us when you drink this cocktail on Fat Tuesday and party too much…blame it on El Diablo (The Devil).
Whatever the origin of Fasching, Mardi Gras, or Carnival — Mardi Gras is celebrated with a lot of hoopla in many parts of the United States like Louisiana, Alabama, California, and Florida. Other parts of the world like Belgium, Brazil, the Caribbean nations, Colombia, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden also celebrate before Lent. The Germans, the French, and South Americans, who celebrate Fasching, Mardi Gras, and Carnival have been extremely influential in how Mardi Gras is celebrated across the US.
However you choose to celebrate before the Lent season, here’s a little potent drink to get the party started. And remember, as with all alcoholic beverages, please drink responsibly.
Do you celebrate Fasching, Mardi Gras, or Carnival?
Yield: 2 Cocktails
3 ounces tequila blanco
1 1/2 ounces crème de cassis
1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice
1 (12-ounce) Ginger Beer (use something decent and gingery, if possible)
Pour tequila, cassis, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice; shake well and strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge.
Written by Yvette / Photos by Yvette