03/04/2011 01:59 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Real Mardi Gras Cocktails

It wouldn't be Mardi Gras without a cocktail. And the drinks will certainly be flowing until 12 o'clock Tuesday night when the party officially ends.

Fortunately, even if you can't get to the Big Easy this weekend, you can celebrate like a local. We consulted Ti Adelaide Martin and Lally Brennan, authors of In the Land of Cocktails and owners of the legendary Commander's Palace and Café Adelaide, as well as their talented bar chef Lu Brow, about what festive recipes you should mix up.

As they say in the French Quarter, laissez les bon temps rouler!

Real Mardi Gras Cocktails