Drink of the Week: The Original Hurricane

Herald Staff Pick

Yes, Mardi Gras is over. But one of our graphic designers decided to keep the party going with this week’s drink of the week, the Original Hurricane.

The Hurricane’s story traces back to Pat O’Brien’s legendary New Orleans bar which opened its doors post prohibition. Supposedly, there was a surplus of rum on the market, so the owners were forced by liquor wholesalers to order a case of rum with every case of other spirits ordered. So, the owners had to get creative and figure out what to do with all of the rum. And the Hurricane was born!

Many restaurants and bars often use grenadine, pineapple juice and vodka to make their versions of the Hurricane, but this is not a true Hurricane. So, how do you make the original version of this classic New Orleans cocktail?

Three simple ingredients: 2 oz. of dark rum, 1 oz. of passion fruit syrup and 1 oz. of fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice, shake and strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish with an orange slice and cherry. Voila! It’s that easy.

This drink is so simply delicious that its sweet and sour taste is appropriate any time of the year. If you’re ready to try it, our friends at Joe Canal’s Discount Liquor Outlet in Rio Grande are here to help with huge discounts and monthly specials on all the spirits, wine and beer you need. If you’re further up the coast of the Jersey Shore, Gleeson’s Liquors in Ocean View has a wide range of discounted spirits along with international wines and domestic, imported and craft beers.

Let the good times roll!

{photo and recipe via The Kitchn}