Let Seven Three Distilling Co. be your one-stop on game day. We will be providing secure parking spots that must be reserved in advance for all game days this football season. Have your pre-game routine in place now so all you have to do on game day is enjoy cocktails and cheer.

To reserve, email info@seventhreedistilling.com. Spots are limited.

We have game day parking!

Let Seven Three Distilling Co. be your one-stop on game day. We will be providing secure parking spots that must be reserved in advance for all game days this football season. Have your pre-game routine in place now so all you have to do on game day is enjoy cocktails and cheer.

To reserve, email info@seventhreedistilling.com. Spots are limited.

We have game day parking!

Let Seven Three Distilling Co. be your one-stop on game day. We will be providing secure parking spots that must be reserved in advance for all game days this football season. Have your pre-game routine in place now so all you have to do on game day is enjoy cocktails and cheer.

To reserve, email info@seventhreedistilling.com. Spots are limited.

Let Seven Three Distilling Co. be your one-stop on game day. We will be providing secure parking spots that must be reserved in advance for all game days this football season. Have your pre-game routine in place now so all you have to do on game day is enjoy cocktails and cheer.

To reserve, email info@seventhreedistilling.com. Spots are limited.

King Cake and the French Quarter: A Spirited Symphony Since 1870

Embarking on a sensory journey through the cultural delights of New Orleans unveils a delectable gem at the heart of the city’s culinary traditions – the King Cake. Wandering through the vibrant streets of the French Quarter, the enticing scents of cinnamon, sugar, and cream cheese icing, paired with the rich notes of bourbon, vodka, and Louisiana rum, beckon both locals and visitors to savor the delightful taste of this iconic pastry.

The Origins of King Cake

The King Cake’s roots are intertwined with the festivities of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Its origin can be traced back to medieval European celebrations of Epiphany, marking the arrival of the Three Wise Men. The tradition of concealing a small token, such as a bean or figurine, within the cake represents the joyous search for surprises.

In the French Quarter, the King Cake has become synonymous with the Mardi Gras season, commencing on January 6th, known as Twelfth Night or Kings’ Day, and concluding on Fat Tuesday. During this period, bakeries across the city craft their unique variations of the cake, each offering a distinct twist on the traditional recipe.

The Spirited Anatomy of a King Cake

A typical King Cake is a sweet, doughy confection, braided or twisted into an oval shape, symbolizing the unity of various virtues. The dough is often infused with warm flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg, creating a comforting and aromatic base. To add an element of surprise, a small, plastic token – representing the spirit of celebration – is tucked within the cake. But not all King Cakes are the same, it all depends on the bakery! In New Orleans, depending on their heritage, each bakery makes these delectable cakes a little different, and it has to do with the heritage of the bakery. And that what makes them so great! Be sure to try as many as you can while visiting Mardi Gras!

The regal colors of purple, green, and gold, symbolizing justice, faith, and power respectively, adorn the cake’s icing. Drizzling cream cheese or glaze over the top provides a decadent finish. Bakers sometimes incorporate additional fillings, such as praline, cream cheese, or fruit compote, to elevate the indulgence.

King Cake paired with Black Pearl Rum on a table
Black Pearl Rum is an excellent pairing for King Cake

Culinary and Spirited Delights in the French Quarter

The French Quarter’s allure lies in its historic architecture and lively streets, creating a perfect setting for savoring a slice of King Cake paired with a hint of spirits. Local bakeries, like Gambino’s Bakery and Haydel’s Bakery, have mastered their recipes over generations, contributing to the diverse tapestry of New Orleans’ culinary landscape.

The French Quarter, with its charm and vivacity, offers an ideal backdrop for relishing the flavors of King Cake alongside a choice of bourbon, vodka, or Louisiana rum. From the bustling ambiance of Café du Monde to the quaint setting of Croissant d’Or Patisserie, establishments throughout the area provide a variety of options for experiencing this delightful treat with a spirited twist. Be sure to check out great local cocktails on the Seven Three Distilling Co. website and signup for their newsletter! Be the first to know about great local events and special small batch releases like their upcoming Cast Strength, Single Barrel Irish Whiskey for St. Patrick’s Day!

In conclusion, the harmonious blend of King Cake and the French Quarter, coupled with the spirited notes of bourbon, vodka, and Louisiana rum, creates a culinary and libation experience that captivates both locals and tourists. The deep-rooted history, the artistry of bakers, and the lively ambiance converge to make indulging in King Cake a quintessential New Orleans experience. As Mardi Gras season approaches, the sweet aroma of this iconic pastry, paired with the spirited offerings, becomes a beacon, drawing people from all walks of life to savor a slice of tradition in the heart of the Crescent City.

Be sure to check out New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours. Its a great way to learn more about the city’s rich history!

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