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Mardi Gras Hurricane Cocktail

Updated: May 25, 2020

The Hurricane has become a Mardi Gras cocktail favorite. Legend says it originated in the French Quarter of New Orleans at the iconic Pat O’Brien’s bar. The drink was created by the bar owner when he was forced by liquor distributors to purchase a large order of rum before they would provide him with the whiskey that was popular with his customers. To sell his rum surplus, he mixed rum with passion fruit juice and lemon juice, then named the cocktail after the tall hurricane glass in which it was served.

Hurricanes are now served throughout the French Quarter and at Mardi Gras celebrations everywhere. The recipe has been adapted over the years. Grenadine is now a common ingredient and passion fruit juice is sometimes replaced by red Hawaiian Punch. If you’d like to provide a non-alcoholic alternative for guests who do not drink, replace the rum with pineapple juice.

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  • 2 oz. light rum

  • 2 oz. dark rum

  • 2 oz. passion fruit juice (or red Hawaiian Punch)

  • 1 oz grenadine

  • 1 oz orange juice

  • 1 oz. lime juice

  • 1/2 cup ice

  • Garnish with maraschino cherry, lime or orange slice, and drink umbrella

Cocktail shaker, hurricane glass or similar stemmed glass, measuring shot glass, measuring shot glass

Prep: 5 min Ready: 5 min Serves: 1 cocktail

Before you handle any food, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Clean your kitchen work area and pull back your hair or wear a cap. You want to avoid contaminating your meal with harmful bacteria that could cause food illness.

To make a Fat Tuesday Hurricane Cocktail:

1. Fill cocktail shaker with ice.

2. Add the light rum, passion fruit, and lime juice.

3. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds.

4. Strain over ice into a hurricane or stemmed glass.

5. Spoon the dark rum to float on top.

6. Garnish with cherry pierced by drink umbrella.

1 cocktail: 370 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 20 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate (45 g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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