King Cakes, fancy balls and brandymilk punch are some of the staples of Mardi Gras season in New Orleans. Poppy Tooker, a native New Orleanian and host of the public radio program Louisiana Eats!, explains the traditions to Here & Now's Robin Young. She also shares this recipe for Milk Punch:
1 cup (8 oz.) brandy or bourbon
1/2 cup cream
2 cups whole milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
3 Tablespoons powdered sugar
Fresh grated nutmeg
Mix all ingredients together in a blender or combine in a cocktail shaker and shake until frothy. Pour back into the milk container to take out to the parade! Shake before pouring, sprinkle with nutmeg on top and serve.
This segment aired on February 9, 2015.