Happy Friday friends! You made it to the weekend and in the words of Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett, “Pour me something tall and strong – make it a Hurricane before I go insane! It’s only half past 12, but I don’t care; It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!” hah Well, today is the start of IFBC!! YAY! We are thoroughly enjoying our stay in New Orleans! In honor of the Big Easy the hubs decided to whip up a Hurricane:

It’s Friday folks, and while all of you are staring at the clock waiting for the end of the work week, I’m staring out the bottom of an empty cocktail glass here in the Big Easy. Sorry, I know that was mean but it’s hot here and I have to stay hydrated!

New Orleans is rich in culture, cuisine, and libations. We’re having a blast seeing the sights, soaking in the music, and savoring the good eats. But this trip isn’t all pleasure, I decided to do a little business; that business is research and development. I had to come to New Orleans myself and sample the official drink of Marti Gras: the Hurricane.

Let me tell you something, it was worth the 12 hours in the car. Here’s a little history lesson on the Hurricane and how it came to be:

Back in the 1940’s during WWII, there was a limited supply of popular spirits such as Scotch and Whiskey. Distributors required bar owners to purchase as many as 50 cases of the less favorable alcohol (Rum) in order to secure a case of the coveted Scotch.  A bar owner by the name of Pat O’Brien (you may have heard of him), figured out a way to burn up his surplus of Rum and make an easy profit. He created a drink that was real sweet, real boozy, and served it in a tall glass shaped like a hurricane lantern. His ingenuity paid off and the drink soon became a crowd favorite in the French Quarter.

I learned there are many different ways to make a Hurricane. You can check out other versions online and see just how complicated they can get, but I’m not into that sort of thing (and where the HECK do you find Passion Fruit juice anyway?). What the Hurricane boils down to is sweet tropical fruit juice, plenty of rum, and bright red grenadine to get that signature color.

Down in South East Florida, the term hurricane is a dirty word. While we’ve just told Irene to stay away – THIS is the one Hurricane that will always be welcome!

Cheers!

-The Hubs

Holy smokes these are GOOD. A little too good if you know what I mean!  These babies need a warning label – they go down like fruit punch on a hot day… and then the buzz hits ya! Drink with caution Oh, and I still FULLY intend to go grab one of these at the infamous Pat O’briens! -Tina

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Hurricane

Yield: 1 cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

2 oz grenadine
1 ½ oz light (silver) rum
1 ½ oz dark (gold) rum
1 ½ oz orange juice
1 ½ oz pineapple juice
½ oz triple sec
½ oz lime juice

Directions:

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker or glass with ice and shake or stir well. In a tall glass, fill with crushed ice and pour drink over ice. Garnish with an orange and a maraschino cherry.

Source: The hubs original