Hurricane (cocktail)

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Hurricane
Hurricane cocktail.jpg
A hurricane served in New Orleans
Type Cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Served "On the rocks"; poured over ice
Standard drinkware
Hurricane Glass.svg
Hurricane glass
Commonly used ingredients
Preparation Shake ingredients with ice, then pour into the glass and serve over ice.
Notes +
Pat O'Brien's Hurricane
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Hurricane in Souvenir Glass at Pat O'Brien's Bar in New Orleans
Type Cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Served "On the rocks"; poured over ice
Standard drinkware
Hurricane Glass.svg
Hurricane glass
Commonly used ingredients
  • 4 ounces of 80 proof amber/gold rum
  • 4 ounces of Pat O'Brien's Hurricane Mix—a passion fruit–based mix
  • Garnish with orange and cherry
Preparation Shake ingredients with ice, then pour into the glass and serve over ice.
Notes +[1]

The hurricane is a sweet alcoholic drink made with rum, fruit juice, and syrup or grenadine. It is one of many popular drinks served in New Orleans.

The creation of this passion fruit–colored relative of a daiquiri is credited to New Orleans tavern owner Pat O'Brien.[2] The bar allegedly started as a speakeasy called Mr. O'Brien's Club Tipperary and the password was "storm's brewin'."[2]

In the 1940s, he needed to create a new drink to help him get rid of all of the less-popular rum that local distributors forced him to buy before he could get a few cases of more popular liquors such as scotch and other whiskeys.[3][4] He poured the concoction into hurricane lamp–shaped glasses and gave it away to sailors.

The drink caught on, and it has been a mainstay in the French Quarter ever since. It is more commonly served in a disposable plastic cup, as New Orleans laws permit drinking in public and leaving a bar with a drink, but they prohibit public drinking from glass containers.[5]

The hurricane is also another cocktail, on the islands of the Bahamas. The drink is composed of various measures of coffee liqueur, 151 rum, Irish cream, and Grand Marnier. It's commonly found in the downtown bars of Nassau.

History[edit]

The Hurricane is found in literature as early as Billboard, February 16, 1946, Vol. 58, No. 7:

LOUMEL MORGAN working at the Hurricane Cocktail Lounge, New Orleans.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Hurricane". patobriens.com. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  2. ^ a b Denise Gee (2007). Southern Cocktails: Dixie Drinks, Party Potions, and Classic Libations. p. 37. ISBN 0811852431. 
  3. ^ McNulty, Ian. "Drinking in History: Classic Cocktails and Modern Thirsts in the French Quarter". FrenchQuarter.com. Retrieved 2006-10-06. 
  4. ^ Lind, Angus. "Home of the 'Hurricane' Pat O'Brien's turns 75 this week". nola.com. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  5. ^ http://www.frenchquarter.com/about/FAQ.php
  6. ^ "Here and There". Billboard 58 (7). Off the Cuff (column). February 16, 1946. p. 39.