As much as we try to be classy here at The Boys Club, sometimes we just want to have a little bit of fun. And with Mardi Gras coming up, we see this as a perfect opportunity to whip up the “Fat Tuesday” staple: The Hurricane.
What the heck is a Hurricane?
The Hurricane is a highly potent (i.e. boozy) fruit punch that goes down surprisingly easy. Typically, the drink consists of a few different types of rum, passion fruit juice (as well as other fruit juices) and a bit of grenadine or syrup.
What’s the story behind the Hurricane?
Around World War II, when whiskey was scarce, bartenders were forced to create libations with rum, which was in much abundance at the time. In the 1940s, New Orleans bar owner Pat O’Brien created the Hurricane as a way to quickly make their way through the surplus of rum. O’Brien served the drink in hurricane lamp-shaped glasses, which is still done today. However, in New Orleans, you may also see people drinking them out of plastic cups, as city law states that people may consume alcohol in public as long as it’s not in a glass or in a metal container. Sounds like the ultimate road soda to me!
Of course, if The Hurricane isn’t your style, be sure to try out another New Orleans libation: The Sazerac.
Yield: 1 drink
Glassware: Hurricane glass or large plastic cups
Tools: Cocktail shaker
1. Pour both types of rum, as well as the passion fruit juice, orange juice, lime juice and grenadine in a cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes. Shake well.
2. Fill a glass half way with ice, and pour drink contents over the ice.
3. Throw in an orange wedge and a couple of maraschino cherries and serve.
Brian Samuels is Managing Editor at The Boys Club and blogger at A Thought For Food.
“Drinking in History: Classic Cocktails and Modern Thirsts in the French Quarter” – French Quarter.com
“Drinking Laws” – FrenchQuarter.com