Hurricane Cocktails

  • 3/4 cup light rum (silver)
  • 3/4 cup dark rum (spiced)
  • 3/4 cup passionfruit juice
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/6 cup lime juice
  • 3 Tablespoon simple syrup
  • 3 Tablespoon grenadine
  • Combine all ingredients and shake. 
  • Serve over ice. 
  • Optional garnishes: cherries, oranges, limes




New Orleans,
where I wanna be

It's Mardi Gras! Let's pretend the air is thick, listen to loud brass sections, and celebrate.

What's a Mardi Gras celebration without a drink? The hurricane is one of the quintessential New Orleans cocktails.

And it's dangerously delicious.

They're so dangerous that some old co-workers of mine might tell you a story about how I ordered so many the bar ran out of oranges. But, I'll let them tell you since my memory is a bit foggy. 

I suppose overindulgence is what happens when you can't get your drink at home. The Region does not know how to make a hurricane. I don't even ask bartenders anymore. A bartender did once say they could make one. And then handed me a blue drink. Well, at least blue and red are both primary colors? 

There's nothing blue about a real hurricane. First, grenadine gives it that cheerful red hue. The fruit juices keep it convivial and festive and the 2 varieties of rum put the punch in fruit punch. It really is Mardi Gras in a glass.

While Mardi Gras can be about drunken bafoons and boobs, it can be deeper for the spiritual. It's the celebration of ordinary times before lent, which is a time of sacrifice for Christians. Traditionally, lent is practiced by Catholics. But lent can be—and is—practiced by people of other Christian faiths, too. So, no, you don't have to be Catholic to pracitce lent. Shit, you don't even have to be religious to practice lent.

I participated in lent for the first time last year. It was not a practice founded in faith. But I will tell you, after my first experiment with veganism, I have never been so fucking happy that Jesus rose on Easter. No, it wasn't faith-based, but it changed my life. And because of that I'm doing it again. For different reasons this time. The next 6 weeks are about sacrifice—whether spiritual or not—and there's a lesson in sacrifice I think we all can benefit from.

So, eat up and drink up now, y'all! Happy Mardi Gras! And best wishes on whatever journey you take for the next 6 weeks.

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