Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tuesday's Glass Is Full of Grace

It bein' Fat Tuesday and all, seemed like a parfait occasion to break out the old Hurricane glass from Pat O'Brien's.

If the color of the concoction seems a little off, you might have guessed this ain't no Hurricane. I fired up the juicer today and then poured the resultant liquid on top of some cheap chianti to make some crazy fruit-o-licious wintertime sangria. Items thrown into the juicer included apple, pineapple, orange, lime, goji, cherry, strawberry, tomato, ginger root, acai, carrot, honey, and pina-colada yogurt. Don't knock it till you've knocked it.

I do have a Hurricane recipe of my own, however, and it's this:

.05 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
.05 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
4 ounces 10 Cane Rum
4 ounces passion fruit syrup
Crushed ice

Put in cocktail shaker and shake it vigorously for at least 2 minutes or until it gets so cold your hands can't stand it anymore. Top with a lime slice and a Maraschino cherry.

There are plenty of "authentic" recipes online, but apparently the folks at Pat O'Brien's want to keep their own recipe under the radar: the one they list on the official website is laughable:

In a 26 oz. Hurricane glass, mix:

• 4 oz. of Pat O'Brien's Hurricane Rum or a good Dark Rum
• 4 oz. of Pat O'Brien's Hurricane Mix
• Fill with crushed ice
• Garnish with an orange and cherry

Clearly, they just wanna sell packets of Pat O'Brien's Hurricane Mix to the rubes. Can't say as I blame 'em. I'll stick to my own version though.

- - JSH

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