Saturday, February 18, 2012

Mardi Gras Hurricane Cocktail




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Everyone knows that the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby is the Mint Julep. How about Mardi Gras? The beverage of choice in New Orleans this coming week will be the Hurricane Cocktail. I should be embarrassed to admit this, but I first sampled the Hurricane last year at a Fat Tuesday party, where it was the (only) beverage of choice. Were it not for that, I'd probably still be in the woods sipping cider through a straw. I'm not a cocktail person and, while I love wine, I don't seek out drinks that come with parasols. They are just too sweet to my taste and I usually take a pass. Actually, as sweet drinks go, this one is not too bad and lots of folks really love it. For the next few days, I'm going to be featuring foods associated with Mardi Gras and I thought this drink would be a fun place to start. I'm also including a recipe for grenadine. The Hurricane numbs you for what is to come. Here we go.

Hurricane Cocktail
Photo Courtesy of PRZman

Ingredients:
4 ounces light rum
4 ounces dark rum
2 ounces grenadine, or passion fruit syrup
2 ounces fresh orange juice
2 ounces sour mix, or fresh lime juice
2 teaspoon superfine sugar
Orange wedges, for garnish

Directions:
Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, and shake to dissolve the sugar. I used a mason jar. Add ice cubes to come halfway up the sides of 4 tall glasses. Divide the mixture between the glasses. Garnish each with an orange wedge and serve with a long straw. Yield: 4 servings


Grenadine:

Ingredients:

1 quart pomegranate juice
2 cups sugar
2 dashes orange flower water

Directions:
Bring pomegranate juice and sugar to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat and cover, allowing it to simmer for 10-15 minutes and stirring occasionally. Allow mixture to cool, then pour into a small decanter or bottle with a tight-sealing lid. Add a dash or two of orange flower water (don't overdo it). Seal the bottle and give it a few good shakes.

Cook's Note: This grenadine should be good for up to 3 weeks and makes about 1-1/2 cups. You can also add a small amount of overproof vodka as a preservative to give it a little longer shelf life.









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30 comments:

Ginger Zuck said...

Well, I live in the heart of Kentucky and enjoy all the goings on of the Derby. I don't care for bourbon very much, but I do make it a tradition to have one mint julip each year. I visited N.O. in 1994 for my 10th wedding anniversary and had 2 Hurricane's and I was sick the entire time of the remainder of our trip. They are delish, but I may pass on them and have a glass of wine! LOL. I'm a light weight!!

Angie's Recipes said...

Although I am not much a cocktail drinker, this one does look really interesting and beautiful!

What's Baking?? said...

Hi Mary, thanks for the info on the platform change..definitely not want to lose you..your cocktail looks refreshing and I love the vibrant red! very nice!

Pondside said...

I've heard of this drink, but never tried it. Like you, I normally eschew sweet drinks, but I guess there's something about the music and excitement of mardi gras that goes with a tall, sweet drink.

Amrita said...

This is one of my favorite drinks, Mary! I had it for the first time in New Orleans last year and that too, at Pat O'Briens where it was created! :D Let me tell you, one Hurricane knocked me out! LOL Thanks for sharing the recipe, Mary!

James Brewer said...

Never heard of this cocktail before, and it sounds great. I am a cocktail person and I want to be drinking this!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Well now, that does sound like a party in a glass:@)

Sue/the view from great island said...

I'm not too much of a cocktail drinker, but when I do have one, I like rum drinks the best. This one sounds really fresh and not too sweet, and you can't beat that color!

Jeannie said...

What colorful drink! I don't drink alcohol much but I do love a cocktail every now and then because I love sweet drinks:D

Becki's Whole Life said...

Thanks for the heads up on GFC, Mary. I follow you via RSS, but I have to think about the implications to my blog since I am on WP.

This Hurricane sounds wonderful! I don't usually drink sweet drinks, but on the weekends its nice to have one and this sounds like a great drink for March:-).

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I'm not a sweet drink lover. Did have one Hurricane when I visited New Orleans several years ago... it was a fun evening. LOL! blessings ~ tanna

~~louise~~ said...

Little did I know there was an actual drink associated with Mardi Gras. I'd give it a go at least once out of curiosity.

Thanks for sharing, Mary...

Valerie said...

For as much as I love cocktails, I've never had a Hurricane...yet. This looks amazing! I love that vibrant Spring-like colour. :D

Gloria said...

look awesome Mary!!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I usually don't for sweet drinks, either. The only exception is if I'm in Hawaii, I will imbibe in a Chi-Chi. When I was in New Orleans, I had a Hurricane Cocktail at the place that is famous for them. I still recall how drunk so many of the patrons were! I enjoyed it, but sipped mine slowly. They are good! I'm happy to know how to make my own grenadine! I've been hearing about the Google changes, so I may "borrow" your announcement on my blog. I'm sure that everyone will follow you, no matter how it's done.

Jacquelyn said...

Hi Mary! I just pinned your cocktail as the colors are absolutely amazing. I love the looks of this drink! Great post and congratulations on the all the new updates.

Barbara said...

I've had one in NOLA at OBriens. It's a killer cocktail. :)

Thanks for your sweet comments on the game-changer post. And have a lovely weekend, Mary!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Cheers :) Have a great Sunday. Diane

Kathy said...

Thanks for the info on the change in google.
What a great sounding cocktail! Putting this on my list of things to try!

Natalie said...

beautiful pictures of this drink! i love fruity cocktails :)

ImSoVintage said...

One of those knocked me on my rear end once, and I happened to be much younger, So guess I better stick to the glass of wine. You can also add the linky follow tool to your blog. (I put one on mine)It gives new followers a way to follow and those of us who are already followers can also follow that way. As for me, I just have your posts emailed to me every day. That way I am sure not to miss one :)

Shug said...

Have never had one of these sweet babies, but I do love the color of it!
I am excited to see all your upcoming recipes!
Enjoy the weekend.

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Hurricanes are deceptively strong & delightfully delicious. Let's just say you probably should not drink those 3 pictured LOL!! Pat O' actually has a group sized one that is so large it has to sit on the ground & though I can't believe it, I actually shared in the drinking of a few of those back in the day.

Marcellina said...

I love the colours in you Hurricane Cocktail! Spectacular!
I am interested in your announcement I am on blogger but I have had so much trouble in the past two weeks checking out any blogspot food blogs. Like yours it has taken me about 10 minutes to get onto it. I'm not that computer savy. Where do I find this infomation out? Is there a problem or is it my computer?

Chelsea said...

I've been so irritated with Google lately for all the changes! Gah, thanks for the heads up! This cocktail sounds fantastic! I've been having fun experimenting with them lately and can't wait to try this one.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

This drink is one of the best reasons for visiting New Orleans. Pat O'Brians is a crazy place and where I sampled my first Hurricane. It was properly named too, because it can hit you before you know it.
Sam

Jennifer @ The Brilliant Crafty Type said...

Oh my, how refreshing that looks! I can't wait to poke around here some more! {And thank you for visiting my blog!}

Joanne said...

Why must google do these ridiculous things to make our lives more difficult?

This drink looks dangerously delicious.

Manju said...

They look so bright and inviting!!!

Rhonda said...

Dangerous, a very dangerous drink. I have a feeling that it would go down to easy ;) I've got you on my Google Reader so no worries about RSS feed, yeah!

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