Like much of the city, Emeril’s restaurants are in the Carnival spirit. Delmonico pairs classic hurricanes with king cake doughnuts, while NOLA Restaurant makes a bold Carnival Punch to stand up to king cake bread pudding. Another favorite is the king cake monkey bread served with bourbon icing and caramel sauce available at Emeril’s New Orleans. The cocktail perfect pairing? A JFP (Justice, Faith, and Power) Southside that combines the fresh yet heady notes of blackberry liqueur with mint and lime. A purple blackberry, green mint sprig and gold sugar rim are obvious garnishes for the season.
Recipe by Emeril’s New Orleans
Yield: 1 serving
- 1 lime half, plus juice for rimming
- Gold sugar for rimming
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- 3-4 fresh mint leaves
- 1 ½ ounces Ransom Old Tom Gin
- Splash of soda
- ½ ounce Crème de Mure
- Mint sprig for garnish
- Blackberries for garnish
Moisten a Collins glass with the lime juice and rim with the sugar.
Add the lime half and simple syrup to a Collins glass and muddle. Add the mint and gin and stir. Pack the glass with crushed ice, add the splash of soda, and stir. Add the Crème de Mure to a small spoon and pour it over the cocktail to float. Garnish with the mint sprig and blackberries.