Mardi Gras Party With Hurricane Mocktails & Renata’s Kitchen King Cake

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s Fat Tuesday and that means it’s time to pick up your Po’ boys and get yourself some gumbo! Oh by the way, the calories in King Cake don’t count today.

We’re helping you wash it all down with a family friendly mocktail. Hurricanes are a staple on Bourbon Street and while we can’t celebrate in the Big Easy this year, we can still let the good times roll at home.

Virgin Hurricane:

Ingredients:

4 Cups of Passion Fruit Juice

2 Cups of Pineapple Juice

2 Cups of Orange Juice

2 Cups of Sprite

1/2 Cup of Lemon Juice

1/2 Cup of Lime Juice

1/2 Cup of Simple Syrup

1/2 Cup of Grenadine

Optional: cherries & Oranges for garnish

Instructions:

Mix together the ingredients, except the sprite, serve over ice and then top with the soda!

Optional: Your spirit of choice for the adult version!

We’re also celebrating with another Mardi Gras staple – King Cake – courtesy of Renata’s Kitchen and 22 Street Kitchen in Charlotte.

Fun facts about King Cake:

The season runs from Epiphany, January 6 through Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday.

The “King” in King Cake refers to the Magi or Three Wise Men who visited baby Jesus. In the olden days, a small bean was placed in the cake to symbolize baby Jesus but today, most bakeries use a plastic baby doll. As tradition goes, the person who finds the hidden baby inside the King Cake is declared for the day, and is also responsible for buying the next cake.