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Saints Fans, Mardi Gras, the Offseason: Perfect Reason for a Drink Lagniappe Post

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The pundits are spinning their, often ridiculous mocks, the "legitimate" media is all scrounging for story ideas, and free agency is just around the corner. It's full blown offseason. It's enough to drive a person to drink.

Has anyone mentioned, The Falcons still can't raise this towel, no matter how much they try to "Rise Up".
Has anyone mentioned, The Falcons still can't raise this towel, no matter how much they try to "Rise Up".
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Did I fail to mention the NFL Combine starts next week as well? February 28th through March 6th. The hype is really about to start. With Mardi Gras in full sing in New Orleans it seemed like a perfect time for a Drink Lagniappe for the Saints fans. Give out your favorite drinks and recipes, and you can talk about almost everything. I'll post the limits below.

Most of you know I'm pretty much a Budweiser and Wild Turkey kinda guy during football season. In the summer months I still like my Bud Heavy for the Bar-B-Que, but I like to switch the hard stuff to a good Russian Vodka, and grapefruit juice, salt the rim of your glass and this is know as the Salty-Dog. Another Dog we know around here as Beware of, is partial to his Sark, and popcorn. I'm doing this piece to help Deuce McCallister, and Crown Royal promote their charity, drive during Mardi Gras. This was mentioned in the Reverend's post: Deuce McAllister Interview.

CROWN ROYAL COLLECTING MARDI GRAS BEADS TO HELP SUPPORT

NEW ORLEANS-BASED CHARITY AND ARTIST

Crown Royal continues to inspire generosity by collecting beads from festival-goers

WHAT: Each year, New Orleans plays host to more than a million revelers who descend upon the city to experience Mardi Gras. What many don't see amidst the parties and parades is the extraordinary effort of the city's residents to clean up after the celebrations. 

This year, Crown Royal is helping to lighten the load and assist in the cleanup effort by encouraging consumers 21+ to visit its pop-up party space at the corner of Canal and South Peters and donate their beads otherwise destined for landfill. Those who part ways with their beads will be rewarded with a royal treat -€” a King Cake from legendary New Orleans bakery, Gambino's.

Beads will be collected in partnership with Arc of Greater New Orleans, a nonprofit organization serving people with intellectual disabilities and delays. Arc operates a year-round Mardi Gras Recycling Center, where used beads are sorted, repackaged and resold for about a dollar per pound, raising money and creating job opportunities for those in need.

A portion of the beads will be also repurposed by visual artist Stephan Wanger, who creates dazzling mosaics using recycled Mardi Gras beads. He will invite attendees at Crown Royal's pop-up party to join him in completing his current project, a massive 8' by 96' mural titled "Life in the French Quarter," an attempt to break his own Guinness World Record for the world's largest mosaic.

Parade-goers can visit the pop-up party space to donate beads, collect their King Cakes, purchase Crown Royal cocktails crafted by local bartenders, enjoy live entertainment and hydrate. Special guests (listed below) will appear within the space throughout the weekend.

WHERE: Corner of Canal Street and South Peters Street           

New Orleans, LA

WHEN: Thursday, February 23 from 4-€”8 p.m.

Friday, February 24 from 4-€”8 p.m.

Saturday February 25 from 2-€”8 p.m.

Sunday, February 26 from 2-€”8 p.m.

WHO: Deuce McAllister, Former New Orleans Saints Running Back (Saturday 4-6 p.m.)

Dylan Scott, Country Music Artist (Friday)

Stephen Wilson, Crown Royal National Brand Ambassador (Thursday-Sunday)

Stephan Wanger, Bead Mosaic Artist (Thursday-Sunday)

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Napoleon's Last Stand

Created by Ricky Gomez

  • 1 oz. Crown Royal Deluxe
  • 3/4 oz. Pimms
  • 3/4 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 oz. Simple Syrup

Place all ingredients in a shaker tin. Add ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice in Collins glass. Top off with ginger ale and garnish with slice of cucumber.

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Carnival Queen

Created by Ricky Gomez

  • 1 1/4 oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple
  • 1/4 oz. Chambord or dark berry liquor
  • 1/4 oz. lemon juice

Place all ingredients in a shaker tin. Add ice and shake. Strain into flute and top off with champagne or other sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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Cafe Royál

Created by Ricky Gomez

  • 1 1/4 oz. Crown Royal Vanilla
  • 1/4 oz. Grand Marnier or orange liquor
  • 4 oz. Cold Brew coffee or hot coffee

This drink can be served hot or cold. If served with cold brew pour all ingredients over ice and stir. If served hot pour all ingredients in pre heated coffee mug and stir. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and whipped cream.

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March 9th is the big date for all NFL teams. Teams must be under the cap and Free Agency begins at 4 PM Eastern time. This is when things will start to happen and we can better judge what our true draft needs will be. Of course feel free to give you own ideas of team needs, and the candidates you are all hot and bothered about. Have fun.