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Hurricane Isaac: What hurricane?

Posted August 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

by Danae DeShazer

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I think it's safe to say that Sarasota will not reap any "Hurricane-like" weather from Isaac, besides some high tide and winds.

I'm hoping that it doesn't cause too much trouble elsewhere either. But, to make the best of the situation (because that's what I like to do!), I found a truly delicious recipe for a Hurricane cocktail. I mean, just in case you want to toast to Isaac.

For all you history buffs and history enthusiasts out there, here's your lesson of the day:
Meet Pat O'Brien. New Orleans tavern owner in the 1940s. During World War II, bar owners were forced to buy case upon case of less favorable alcohol (like Rum) in order to get their hands on the more popular spirits like Scotch and Whiskey. With a surplus of Rum, and in need to make a profit, O'Brien created the Hurricane -- a sweet and booze-induced cocktail. The drink has been a staple of the French Quarter ever since! 

A surplus of rum doesn't seem so bad, huh?

The New Orleans Hurricane
via My Life as a Mrs. blog

2 oz grenadine
1.5 oz (a shot) light rum
1.5 oz (a shot) dark rum
1.5 oz orange juice
1.5 oz pineapple juice*
1/2 oz triple sec
1/2 oz lime juice
garnish with orange wedge and maraschino cherry

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well. In a tall glass, fill with crushed ice and pour drink over ice. Add garnish. (No shaker? No problem. You can combine the ingredients in an ice-filled glass and stir... and enjoy!)

* some recipes call for Passion Fruit juice. This recipe siimplifies that situation by negating it all together. You may also add Red Grapefruit Juice if you like that sort of thing. 



Need a good place to grab a cocktail? Check out Lucky Pelican Bistro in Lakewood Ranch. Pull a chair on up to the bar and enjoy a neighborhood atmosphere and delicious libations.


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