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Entries in Hurricane (2)

Tuesday
Mar082011

Hurricane Taste Test

Happy Mardi Gras!  

Since, The Hurricane is the drink of Mardi Gras I thought I would have some fun and put the Pat O'Brien's Hurricane Mix up against the classic Hurricane Recipe

To sum it up, the Pat O'Brien's mix version tastes bitter, and flavorless.  You can really taste the corn syrup.  Upon further inspection, you can see the syrup settle at the bottom of the glass after it sits for a bit.  It is no wonder I got sick after drinking a few of these at last year's Mardi Gras festivities.  This just proves that quality fresh ingredients can make a huge difference in a cocktail.  Do yourself a favor and make some real Hurricanes.  I have the recipe here.

Have a safe and happy Mardi Gras!

Damon

Thursday
Mar032011

How to Make a Hurricane Cocktail

Aloha!

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!

 

Damon