Let the Good Times Roll with a Hurricane Cocktail


Let the Good Times Roll with a Hurricane Cocktail | thegoodstuff

Anyone looking to get their Mardi Gras party started — and quickly — knows that it only takes a few of New Orleans’ signature Hurricane cocktails to do the trick. If you’ve ever had one, you can attest to the fact that they’re difficult to resist. The rum and juice combine into some kind of adult version of Hawaiian Punch with a fancy garnish.

The creation of this passion fruit-flavored libation is credited to New Orleans tavern owner Pat O’Brien, who poured the concoction into hurricane lamp-shaped glasses to give away to sailors in the ’40s.

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If you ever get the chance to visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras, you’ll find the drink all over town — mostly in plastic cups, because although drinking is allowed in the streets, glass containers are not. But there’s nothing better than a Hurricane cocktail in it’s traditional vessel, so grab a few at BevMo, Target, Amazon, or Bed Bath & Beyond and get ready to celebrate just like your fellow revelers in the French Quarters.

Let the Good Times Roll with a Hurricane Cocktail | thegoodstuff

This Mardi Gras, I decided to take a page out of Pat O’Brien’s cocktail invention book and have a little fun in the Gidget+LaRue Test Kitchen. Truth be told, I couldn’t find any passion fruit juice and decided it was time to come up with a little Gidget twist on the traditional Hurricane cocktail. I’ve blind tested these at a few parties and everyone loves my version, so I’m confident you’ll be happy with the results. Since I’m all about the classics, I’ve also provided the traditional recipe below, which is just as lovely and fun to make.

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Gidget’s Twisted Mardi Gras Hurricane Cocktail

Let the Good Times Roll with a Hurricane Cocktail | thegoodstuff

Tools: Crushed ice, shaker
Glass: Hurricane-shaped or large Collins
Extras: Orange wedge and cherry for garnish
Servings: 2 cocktails

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces dark rum (or dark spiced rum)
  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1 ounce Galliano (see my Cocktail Hacks below)
  • 4 ounces fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 4 ounces unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 2 heaping Tablespoons of Hawaii’s Own® Paradise Punch™ frozen juice concentrate
  • 1 ounce lime juice

Directions

  1. Fill shaker with ice.
  2. Add all ingredients above.
  3. Fill glasses with crushed ice and strain mixture to fill.
  4. Top with garnish and more crushed ice.

Traditional Mardi Gras Hurricane Cocktail

Tools: Crushed ice, shaker
Glass: Hurricane-shaped or large Collins
Extras: Orange wedge and cherry for garnish
Servings: 2 cocktails

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 2 ounces passion fruit juice (such as Goya®)
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine

Directions

  1. Fill shaker with ice.
  2. Add all ingredients above.
  3. Fill glasses with crushed ice and strain mixture to fill.
  4. Top with garnish and more crushed ice.

Bonus! Cocktail Hacks

I realize that not every home bar comes stocked with fun spirits such as Galliano, so if you don’t have this sweet herbal Italian liqueur in your bar, no worries. As a quick cocktail hack, you can sub-out the Galliano for a tiny dash (less than 1/8 teaspoon) of anise extract. I picked this up at my local grocery store and found that it works fine.

Also, the Hawaii’s Own® frozen juice is my go-to frozen favorite (it’s just so easy!), but if you find passion fruit nectar you can use 2 ounces of that in my Twisted Mardi Gras Hurricane instead of the frozen concentrate.

New Orleans is a really, really fun place to visit, but if you can’t head to the Big Easy this year, either of these recipes will help you party in Mardi Gras style right from home. Grab some party beads and have fun just like you’re in the French Quarter!

Once you’re done with the Mardi Gras revelry, don’t toss your beads! Instead, repurpose them into one of these 15 DIY crafts!


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