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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Hurricanes of Mardi Gras

After the Great San Francisco Quake of 1906, some wag noticed that churches were leveled, but not a noteworthy distillery. And thus a great quatrain was born:

“If, as they say, God spanked the town
For being over-frisky,
Why did He burn His churches down
And spare Hotaling’s whiskey?”

We haven’t seen a similarly optimistic quatrain emerge from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, even though we did note that the Hurricane was kinder to the French Quarter than to almost all other parts of the Crescent City. But wisdom we have seen emerge especially since that time is the notion that in New Orleans, tourists drink Hurricanes, and locals drink Sazeracs.

Now, we have covered the Sazerac abundantly at this blog. To make a good Sazerac, simply click here. But we haven’t much discussed the virtue of surrendering to a streetcar named Desire and fixing up a plain ol’ Hurricane in honor of the salvation of Rue Royale and Bourbon Street.


Here is the most straightforward way:

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add

3/4 oz Bacardi Superior
3/4 oz Bacardi Select
3/4 oz passion fruit syrup or 1 1/2 oz passion fruit juice and the juice of 1/2 fresh lime

Shake sharply and strain into a hurricane glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a slice of lime, and serve.

Now, we can understand you not having a hurricane glass. If you’d like to turn that into something you can serve in a cocktail glass, you can pour the same, strained…

Shake in iced cocktail shaker & strain

1/2 oz fresh lime juice (1.5 cl, 1/8 gills)
1 oz light rum (3 cl, 1/4 gills)
1 oz gold rum (3 cl, 1/4 gills)
1/2 oz passion fruit syrup (1.5 cl, 1/8 gills)
Serve in a cocktail glass (4.5 oz)


If you’re going to have a Hurricane one day this year, today’s the day. We’ll see you here on the other side of Lent.

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