This classic New Orleans Hurricane recipe is filled with sweet juices and rum. It will make you feel like you’ve been transported straight to Bourbon Street.
This isn’t really much of a secret..but I love New Orleans. It is hands down one of my favorite places in the country to visit (heck, I even wrote a post about my favorite things to do in the Big Easy). I’m not sure exactly what it is about it that has me so enthralled (although the amazing food is one heck of a reason), but the answer probably lies somewhere in the combination of food, drinks, atmosphere, history and culture – it just works.
Lance and I have visited numerous times, and one of those happened to (accidentally) fall on the weekend before Mardi Gras. Somehow through our planning we missed that and were shocked by the insane crowds. And I mean insane. Like whoa. The French Quarter is always full of people and a good party, but Mardi Gras takes that to a whole nother level. Beads everywhere.
To me, the hurricane is such an iconic New Orleans drink. You see people walking down Bourbon street sipping on them and plus, everyone just knows that a hurricane = New Orleans. In my eyes, the only proper way to celebrate Mardi Gras is by raising your glass filled with a hurricane, which is exactly what we did in this episode of Drink & Dish!
Ari & I kicked off our first 2014 episode of Drink & Dish with this Mardi Gras theme – I make this hurricane and Ari makes some Café Au Lait Cupcakes.
I’ve hosted a few Mardi Gras parties over the years and these hurricanes are always the biggest hit with my friends (I think the generous servings of rum might have something to do with that!). It’s both sweet and strong, but an obvious must have for any Mardi Gras celebration.
The hurricane is best served in a hurricane glass – which is how it got it’s name. I got these ones in New Orleans (from Pat O’Brien’s) but I’ve had my eye on this set of hurricane glasses too. I will caution you though, I had to double the drink recipe to fill up the entire hurricane glass – so one of these bad boys is two servings of sugary rum goodness.
- 3 oz dark rum
- 3 oz light rum
- 3 oz passion fruit juice
- 2 oz orange juice
- .75 oz lime juice
- .75 oz grenadine
- 2 orange slices, optional
- 2 cherries, optional
- In a large pitcher combine all ingredients except orange slices and cherries. Stir to combine.
- Serve over ice and if desired, garnish each glass with an orange slice and cherry. This drink is best served in a hurricane glass.
Looking for more Mardi Gras recipes? Try my Southern Pecan Pralines
Or this King Cake recipe