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How to Make a Hurricane Cocktail


The HurricaneWith 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!





At Random: Classic Cocktails in a Retro Setting

At Random, Milwaukee, WIAt Random is a classic cocktail bar in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that has been in operation since 1965.  Noting has changed since the renovations that converted the corner tap into a romantic cocktail lounge.  

The decor is a fun snapshot of the late 1960s.  You have to check out the vintage electric fireplaces.  There are plenty of little booths for a romantic night out.  Just watch out for the clown pictures.  They can be a bit creepy.  Overall, the place is very warm and inviting.

At Random serves a long list of classic cocktails.  As usual, I started with a Mai Tai.  When I got the drink  I was surprised at how big it was.  It was deliciously sweet, and tropical.  

For my next drink I had a fog cutter. I really enjoyed the Fog Cutter.  The spices really stood out in this drink.  It was very unique and unlike anything I have had before.  

At Random's signature drink is the Tiki Love Bowl. The Tiki Love Bowl is a secret concoction of rums and fruit juices that is lit on fire.  The tradition is for the couple to hold hands while drinking the Tiki Love Bowl.  Your cocktail waitress will make sure that the tradition is upheld.  Our bartender Randy was kind enough to pour us a sample of the Tiki Love Bowl. 

Mai TaiBesides Tiki Cocktails they also serve a varity of blended and ice cream drinks.  When was the last time you had a Brandy Alexander?  The snickers bar drink tastes exactly like a snickers bar.  

I was there on a Wednesday night and there was a fair crowd considering the amount of snow that got dumped on Milwaukee a few days prior. I'm told that on Friday and Saturday nights the place is packed.  

After 45 years the owners are still very active.   You can find them tending bar and waiting tables.  I had a great time taking a step back into a bygone time, and having some classic cocktails.  I can't wait to get back and sample more of the menu.



How to Make a Passionate Kiss Cocktail

Looking to celebrate Valentine's Day with a tropical drink?  Woo your sweetheart with a Passionate Kiss.  As with many cocktails there are many variations on a recipe, but here is one common recipe that is pretty good.  To make a Passionate Kiss put the following in a cocktail shaker:


  • 1 cup Ice
  • 1 oz Southern Comfort
  • 1 oz Chambord
  • 1 oz Peach Schnapps
  • 4 oz Pineapple Juice


Shake the ingredients together really good.  This will make the drink foam up really nice when you pour it into the glass.  

Nothing says, "I love you." Like a tropical drink.  


How to make Navy Grog

Navy Grog is a classic tiki cocktail that was invented by Don the Beachcomber.  Don the Beachcomber is credited by some to have been the inventor of the Tiki bar.  If not the first he was definitely one of the first.  I don't like to get into these debates though. I just like enjoying a tiki drink and escaping somewhere tropical for a few hours or even minutes.

To make Navy Grog put some ice in your glass.  Then, add:


  • 1/2 oz Light Rum
  • 1/2 oz Gold Rum
  • 1/2 oz Dark Rum
  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice


Shake the ingredients in your cocktail shaker to combine. Then, pour into a Collins glass if you have one. Otherwise, any glass will do.

Navy GrogThis little drink has a lot going on. When you bring the glass to your lips to take your first sip your noise is hit with a bouquet of citrus that immediately transports you to a citrus grove.  You know you are in for a treat before you even taste this cocktail.  As you take your first taste the refreshing flavors of orange, grapefruit, and pineapple immediately greet you.  They are accompanied by the dark rum with it's oaky flavors.  Since, the dark rum is only one of three rums it isn't too overpowering. The orange brandy like flavor of the Grand Marnier also rounds out the many flavors.  This drink is really easy to make, and packs a lot of impressive flavor. 

What do you think of Navy Grog?  Do you have a favorite tiki drink you'd like to share?  Let me know here if you do.



Mai Tai Monday: Notes from The Kona Coast

Notes From The Kona Coast: The Mysterious Magical Mai Tai is 'Out of This World' | Sippity Sup

The Sippity Sup Blog explores the Mai Tai at the Royal Kona Resort, and gives a recipe for a great Mai Tai!