1. Decadence on the Route
There’s no need to save crème brûlée for a special occasion. With vanilla vodka, Bailey’s Irish cream and Frangelico, the crème brûlée martini packs all the flavor of the indulgent French dessert into one smooth sip. For a limited time treat, sip on the chocolate or banana MoonPie martinis, available during Mardi Gras only.
The Royal Scam • 72 S. Royal St. 432-7226
2. Scream for Ice cream
Step up to the bar for a Screamin’ MoonPie at this Downtown coffeehouse. A secret recipe, three-layer shot served in a commemorative glass tastes just like a banana MoonPie. If that’s not your style, stick with a Gelatotini for a twist on the traditional adult beverage. Try the Champagne Sorbetto version with fresh fruit sorbetto and — you guessed it — Champagne.
Serda’s Coffee Company • 3 S. Royal St. 415-3000
3. Booze for breakfast
Make a pit stop before the Gulf Shores parade on Fat Tuesday morning, and pick up an “eye opener.” Go big with Bill’s Loaded Bloody Mary, packed with Conecuh sausage, bacon, shrimp and a slider for the biggest bang for your buck. Then, head back out for a day of revelry.
Bill’s By the Beach • 300 West Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores. 948-5227
4. all day dessert
Over on the Fairhope route, choose from an array of dessert-flavored martinis. Sweet concoctions include oatmeal cookie or Snickers flavored beverages, or spirited variations reminiscent of Boston cream and Key lime pies. If you’re looking for something more traditional, grab a best-selling Mudslide with vodka, cocoa and vanilla ice cream.
Original Old Bay Steamer • 14 N. Church St., Fairhope. 928-1714
We’re all for fun and games during the Mardi Gras season, but remember to drink responsibly
and always appoint a designated driver or call a cab. Happy Mardi Gras, y’all!
text by Chelsea Wallace • photo by Blair Abraham