With Mardi Gras around the corner it is time to have a Hurricane. The Hurricane cocktail was invented by Pat O'Brien's during World War II in New Orleans. During the war many varieties of liquor were in short supply. In order to get a case of whiskey distributors would require a bar to purchase several cases of rum. As a result there was plenty of extra rum lying around. So, to get rid of it the Hurricane was invented. The Hurricane is served in a glass that looks like a hurricane lamp, and that's how it got it's name.
There are numerous versions of a Hurricane, but I thought I'd share a simple one that tastes really good. After all who wants to spend Mardi Gras making complicated cocktails?
To make a Hurricane put crushed ice in your cocktail shaker and add:
- 2 oz Dark Rum
- 2 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
- 1.5 oz Lemon Juice
Shake it up really good. Then, pour the drink into a Hurricane Glass, unstrained. You can garnish with an orange slice or a cherry.
The Hurricane is on the sweeter side of the scale. One or two of these is enough for me in a night. It is still a great drink. It is amazing what kind of flavor comes from just three ingredients. The passion fruit gives it a nice fruity flavor and there is a hint of the lemon juice to cut down against all the sweetness. The dark rum comes through and adds a hint of molasses. This is a drink I make for myself year round.
Enjoy your Hurricane and Happy Mardi Gras!