Friday, September 18, 2009

Weekend Cocktails - Pat O'Brien Hurricane Cocktail Copycat

A homemade copycat version of the famous Pat O Hurricane using two kinds of rum, grenadine, orange & fresh lime juice & a little simple syrup. Watch out - these sneak up on you!

Hurricane Cocktail

I can't even count the number of times that I have been to Pat O'Brien's in New Orleans, both as a tourist from Mississippi and as a resident of New Orleans, but one thing is for sure. It is a ritual for most everybody to have at least one Hurricane when you go there. 

One is generally enough for me, because the fruity sweetness of this drink is very deceiving. Like drinking shots of tequila on a barstool and then suddenly standing up and thinking ya might have wanted to stop 2 or 3 shots back!

Not that I would know anything about that...

Originating at Pat O'Brien's bar on St. Peter Street - yeah, slap in the heart of the French Quarter {oh my do I have some memories of down there} - back in the 1940s when it was difficult to get bourbon, whiskey and scotch, but rum was plentiful.

Bar owners were forced by liquor salesman to purchase large sums of rum in order to get the other liquor they needed.  Looking for something to do with that rum, and then pairing that drink creation up with a glass shaped like a hurricane lantern, and well, the Hurricane cocktail was born.

Traditionally a Pat O's Hurricane is made with passion fruit juice but if it's hard to find, you can faux one using fruit juice - preferably Hawaiian Punch IMHO, although grenadine works fine for me.

And of course, you can also buy the mixes straight from the source, but as in any other cocktail, fresh is much better than mixes, even if you have to fudge it a bit.

Generally, these are just slightly darker than the one pictured, but I didn't have any dark rum on hand. And of course, if you don't happen to have a hurricane glass hanging around, just split this between a couple of tall highball or Collins glasses and share it. 

Happy weekend! Adults only. Enjoy, have fun, but drink responsibly!

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