Saturday, February 6, 2021

Mardi Gras Mambo {Acorn Cottage: King Zulu Cocktail}

No parades? No problem! J and I celebrated what would have been the first weekend of Uptown parades with a blast from the past, the King Zulu cocktail.

Double old-fashioned House Float glasses: Mignon Faget

Mardi Gras placemats: Hazelnut New Orleans

The King Zulu cocktail first appeared on the blog on February 5, 2012. It is yummy and delicious.

      After spotting a cocktail recipe using King Cake vodka on BFF NJS's facebook page, I hurried to my local Rouse's to purchase all ingredients.

Thanks BFF LK for the professional pic

     For the very first time, King Cake vodka is made by Lucky Player Brands. It "captures the excitement and love of Mardi Gras. Bottled in France it features the creative artwork of Andrea Mistretta." The bottle makes it a true New Orleans Spirit. Just opening the bottle made me eager for an awesome cocktail. The smell definitely captures the true king cake aroma---vanilla cake with an almondy icing.

The King Zulu cocktail

             The King Zulu

          2 oz. Lucky Player King Cake vodka
          2 oz. pineapple juice
          0.5 oz. coconut oil (I used coconut extract)
          0.5 oz. fresh lime juice
          Ginger Ale (to taste)

          Shake all together with ice and then strain into a glass rimmed with colored sugar with ice chunks. For the sugar, I made my own colored purple, green, & gold sugar with food coloring.

Ready for prep

All the ingredients...

Purple, green, and gold sugars

Festive sugars for rimming the glass

Cocktail & King cake

The King Zulu

     I hope you try this delicious cocktail today. I will also be posting other recipes I found online in a later post. Check back often!


My 2021 Mardi Gras posts:

Acorn Cottage Facade | House Float {Coliseum & Chestnut} | House Float {Eleonore & Patton} | NolaBee Jester | House Float {6016 St. Charles Avenue} | House Float {Maison MASKquerade} | Circus House Float {5531 St. Charles Avenue} | House Float {St. Charles Avenue & Audubon Place} | House Float: Queen Jubilee {St. Charles Avenue & Fourth Street} | House Float {Krewe of Garden Party} | Acorn Cottage: Custom Mat | House Float: Spirit of Mardi Gras {806 Napoleon Avenue} | House Float: Acadiana Hay Ride {Euterpe & Constance Streets} | House Float: Butterflies of Winter {3801 Magazine Street} | House Float: Gogh Mardi Gras | House Float: Commander's Palace | House Float: Iberia Bank {St. Charles & Louisiana Avenues} | Acorn Cottage: In the Courtyard | House Float: Lights in Lakeview {Porteous & Memphis Streets} | House Float: Mask & Bead Garlands {Washinton Avenue} | House Float: Total Renovation {4901 Magazine Street} | House Float: Saint Dolly {St. Charles Avenue} | House Float: Mystic Krewe of Unicorns {St. Charles Avenue} | Acorn Cottage: King Zulu Cocktail |

King Zulu cocktail, y'all!


  1. OMG, Ron! I want that drink, wow! I wonder if that Lucky Brand vodka can be ordered? Your bar set up is fabulous. Even the cocktail napkin holder with crown (Mariposa?), not to mention the babies in the colored sugar. Pinned, thank you!

  2. Good morning, Ron! I remember when you first posted the recipe the King Zulu cocktail! I think I went to Rouse's and bought a bottle of the King Cake vodka and brought it to a Mardi Gras party. (Shh! Don't tell Latoya! LOL!) Anyway, I love those Mardi Gras double old fashion glasses and the placemat, and that bottle is gorgeous--it really does capture the spirit of Mardi Gras! Have a great day! Cheers! xoxo


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