New Orleanians have at least one cocktail for every day of the year, and for special days like Mardi Gras (which runs January 29 to February 12), the cocktails spout fireworks. At the seductive LOA at International House, such occasions call for a flambeau, which is French for torch and refers to the 19th-century torches placed along the route of the Mardi Gras floats to light the way for the revelers. These days that job is provided by street- lamps, but a little extra light is always good for the spirit and helps the good times roll.

the flambeau
2 oz. captain morgan original spiced rum
1 oz. grand marnier
1 oz. chambord liqueur
pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice cubes, shake till well blended, and strain into a martini glass. garnish with a twist of lemon and lime. heat a little additional grand marnier in a small pot, carefully light with a match, and pour the flaming liqueur on the top of the cocktail.