Have a Hissy Fit this Valentine’s Day
“I’m glad Valentine’s Day is on Saturday this year,” an out-of-town friend said, “I don’t have to watch everyone else in my office get flowers.”
Every few years in New Orleans we don’t concern ourselves with making Valentine’s plans. We have Mardi Gras. <!–more–>This weekend kicks off the unofficial threshold of intense Carnival Time (it technically starts on Twelfth Night, January 6th) – there are 25 parades rolling this weekend. Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be posting some Mardi Gras stories and recipes from the heart of the action on our site.
While there are many facets of Mardi Gras celebrations for locals and tourists alike, one underlying fact is that caution is thrown to the wind (trust me, I’m a sober witness to many drunken Mardi Gras nights). By extension, let’s just say that if a Valentine is what you’re missing this February 14th in New Orleans, you won’t have a problem finding one in the wee hours of the morning …
I’ve wanted to name a cocktail The Hissy Fit for a while and for those of you who’ve had one of those Valentine’s Days where Cupid’s arrow misfired (or was doused in bitters)… it just seemed right. It’s very easy to drink and not too sweet because the ginger beer balances out the orange juice and passion fruit syrup. So, drink better, not more… And don’t do anything “cupid.”
<strong>The Hissy Fit</strong>
2 oz vodka
1 oz passion fruit syrup
1 oz orange juice
Combine the vodka, passion fruit syrup and orange juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and pour entire contents into a high ball glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with an orange slice. Serve immediately.