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Can You Believe This Mardi Gras Dessert is a Cocktail?

To quote an infamous French princess: "Let them drink cake."

By Marcy de Luna

At Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House and Oyster Bar in New Orleans, guests (including fan Kim Kardashian) feast on classic New Orleans Creole cuisine, washed down with loads of freshly shucked oysters. But this Mardi Gras season, it's all about the bar: Besides its expansive bourbon collection and its famed frozen bourbon milk punch, Dickie Brennan's is serving a festive cocktail called the King Cake Bevvy.

A frozen daiquiri-like version of the namesake pastry, the King Cake Bevvy is loaded with rum, plus vanilla ice cream, cinnamon syrup, orgeat (almond-flavored syrup) and orange juice, all blended together into a smooth, creamy elixir and garnished with cinnamon bark. But the best part comes at the very end: The drink is sprinkled with tri-colored sugar, in a nod to traditional King Cake colors— purple for “justice,” green for “faith,” and gold for “power.”  

Now, when eating the traditional King Cake itself, Mardi Gras revelers know to chew carefully. There’s a tiny plastic baby baked inside each cake, and if you find it, your prize is three-fold: Not only are you named "King" for a day, but you’re also bound by custom to host the next party—and provide the King Cake. With this cocktail, the pressure is off. A plastic baby doubles as a swizzle stick, so, um, everyone's a winner!

The King Cake Bevvy is available at Dickie Brennan's now through February 8.

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