Tennessee Moonshine Mule
1 ½ oz Ole Smoky Moonshine (available in the UK now - find it on a Google search!)
3 oz of Ginger Beer
0.25 oz of Angostura Bitters
0.25 oz Fresh Lime Juice
Garnish with Fresh Lime Wedges
Mix well, Garnish and Shine responsibly
Fully Loaded Cajun Bloody Mary
- 4 cups chilled tomato juice
- 1 cup chilled vodka
- 1/4 cup prepared horseradish, such as Zatarain’s®, drained
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon French's® Classic Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 to 2 teaspoons Zatarain's® Cajun Hot Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Zatarain's® New Orleans Style Creole Seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
- 6 pickled okra
- 6 cocktail olives
- 6 cooked jumbo shrimp
- 6 crisply cooked bacon
- 6 celery stalks, with leaves attached
- 6 lemon wedges
- For the Bloody Mary, stir all ingredients in large pitcher until well blended. Pour into 6 ice-filled beverage glasses.
- For the Garnish, thread 1 pickled okra, shrimp and olive onto each of 6 wooden skewers. Lay 1 skewer over each glass along with 1 slice of cooked bacon, celery stalk and lemon wedge. Serve & enjoy!
If you'd also like to try some Louisiana recipes with you Cajun Bloody Mary we have a classic Gumbo Recipe or how about creating a traditional King Cake for your next party or family gathering to see who will find the lucky baby and have good fortune for the year.
Louisiana Music Top Picks
Each region of the state offers its own unique contribution to Louisiana's musical heritage. It's the birthplace of Jazz, Zydeco, and Cajun Music. But it's also home to many other diverse musical genres - such as Blues, Country, Hip-Hop, Gospel, Brass-Hop, Rockabilly, and Rock 'n' Roll. With so much to choose from, rounding up the best music attractions hasn't been easy!
- Unsurprisingly, top of our list is New Orleans Mardi Gras. A 'bucket list' favourite, this is the festival to top all festivals. A wonderful street party of colour and sound, there are more than 60 parades during the festival, featuring a variety of krewes which each have a unique history and theme.
- Also in New Orleans is the hugely popular Jazz & Heritage Festival (also known as Jazz Fest). Whilst Jazz artists do feature at this festival, there's much more to it - with music encompassing all genres connected to the Louisiana.
- For Jazz aficionados, Preservation Hall in New Orleans' French Quarter is somewhere not to be missed. This live Jazz Music venue is host to traditional New Orleans jazz acts, with multiple shows each night.
- Fans of Louis Armstrong should check out the Satchmo Festival in August - Satchmo Summerfest is a 3-day jazz festival that centres around Louis Armstrong's birthday. Great music, great food, amazing atmosphere - the perfect New Orleans experience!
- Although primarily a food festival, celebrating Louisiana crawfish and Cajun cuisine, the Mudbug Madness Festival is also worth attending for the great live music acts. Zydeco, Cajun, Blues, and Jazz music gives this festival an authentic Louisiana soundtrack. Live music and delicious authentic Louisiana food - what's not to love?!
- If you're visiting Louisiana in mid-April, the French Quarter Festival is a must! This is the largest free music event in the US, with over 400 hours of live entertainment - NOLA sure knows how to throw a party!
Please get in touch with our expert Louisiana team if you want more detail or have any questions; we're here to make sure that your Deep South trip is perfect.
Tuck in to this traditional King Cake recipe perfected by master chef John Besh. King Cake is a long standing tradition in New Orleans around Mardi Gras and the Carnival season. Since the 1800s, New Orleanians have celebrated the beginning of the Carnival Season with a "King's Cake" on the Twelfth Night. A small plastic baby is baked inside the cake and the person who discovers it is said to have good fortune for the year. The recipient then continues the festivities by having another party and providing another King Cake....and so it continues!
Ingredients for the cake
- 1 cup lukewarm milk, about 110°F
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons dry yeast
- 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup melted butter
- 5 egg yolks, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh lemon zest
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- Several gratings of fresh nutmeg
Ingredients for the icing
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- Purple, green, and gold decorative sugars
- 1 fève (fava bean) or plastic baby to hide in the cake after baking
- For the cake, pour the warm milk into a large bowl. Whisk in the granulated sugar, yeast, and a heaping tablespoon of the flour, mixing until both the sugar and the yeast have dissolved.
- Once bubbles have developed on the surface of the milk and it begins to foam, whisk in the butter, eggs, vanilla, and lemon zest. Add the remaining flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg and fold in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with a large rubber spatula.
- After the dough comes together, pulling away from the sides of the bowl, shape it into a large ball. Knead the dough on a floured surface until it is smooth and elastic, about 15 minutes.
- Put the dough back into the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside to let it proof, or rise, for 1 1/2 hours or until the dough has doubled in volume.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C. Once the dough has risen, punch it down and divide the dough into 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough between your palms into a long strip, making 3 ropes of equal length. Braid or plait the 3 ropes around one another and then form the braided loaf into a circle, pinching ends together to seal. Gently lay the dough on a non stick baking sheet and let it rise until it doubles in size, about 30 minutes.
- Once it's doubled in size, place the baking tray in the oven and bake until the braid is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove the cake from the oven, place on a wire rack, and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
- For the icing, while the cake is cooling, whisk together the icing sugar, condensed milk, and lemon juice in a bowl until the icing is smooth and very spreadable. If the icing is too thick, add a bit more condensed milk; if it's a touch too loose, add a little more icing sugar.
- Once the cake has cooled, spread the icing over the top of the cake and sprinkle with purple, green, and gold decorative sugars while the icing is still wet. Tuck the fève or plastic baby into the underside of the cake and, using a spatula, slide the cake onto a platter.
*note: image pictured is not exact to this recipe
Louisiana's Historical Attractions Top 10
Louisiana really does have it all - this most diverse of states has so much history and heritage to offer visitors, it's hard to know where to start. Our Top 10 is a round-up of the historical attractions in Louisiana we recommend you try to include in your bustling itinerary. In no particular order...
- Nothing is quite as quintessentially Louisiana as the plantations, so this is a must-do during your trip. There are many to choose from, each brimming with Deep South history. Either take a plantation trail, like our New Orleans Plantation Trail, or take your pick of the many individual plantation sites and tours on offer.
- The Louisiana African American Heritage Trail consists of 26 sites of African American historical prominence. For those interested in social history, this trail is unmissable. It encompasses museums, churches, universities, and plantation complexes. Undertake the whole trail, or cherry-pick the sites which are of most interest.
- Atchafalaya Heritage Area is the nation's largest river swamp (Atchafalaya is American-Indian for 'long river'), and is among the most culturally rich and ecologically diverse regions in the US. For lovers of the outdoors and culture, this needs to be on the itinerary.
- Making it on just about every Top 10 list for Louisiana, and for good reasons, is the French Quarter! This neighbourhood in New Orleans is one of the most historical and is packed with intrigue. Walking tours are highly recommended, and why not pop into the Voodoo museum while you're there?!
- Baton Rouge is home to Louisiana's Old State Capitol building, a 160 year-old Gothic Revival structure which lovers of architecture will admire. The building is now a prominent political history museum, with highly recommended tours available.
- For a taste of peaceful Acadian life, Lafayette's Acadian Village is the perfect place to visit. Tours are available, with a number of historic buildings to view.
- 'Our Sacred Stories' New Orleans tours are the talk of the town, and so popular you'd be advised to book in advance to secure your place. Various tours on offer, but they are all packed with historical facts and plenty of personality!
- Civil War enthusiasts will be enthralled by Louisiana's Civil War Museum at Confederate Memorial Hall. The oldest active museum in the state, it is home to the second largest collection of Confederate artefacts in the world.
- The National World War II Museum is New Orleans' top-rated tourist destination. Packed with immersive exhibits, including a 4D cinematic experience, this attraction will keep the whole family informed and entertained.
- Tired of all the walking? Take a ride on the St.Charles Streetcar Line, New Orleans' oldest electric streetcar which covers 7 miles of the city.
Need to know more? Then please get in touch with us; our expert teams are always happy to help you with Deep South enquiries!