Hand Grenade (cocktail)
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The Hand Grenade is a specialty cocktail drink (made with vodka, rum, gin and melon liquor), sold frozen or on the rocks exclusively through five licensed nightclub bars in the New Orleans French Quarter.
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Pam Fortner and Earl Bernhardt, owners of the Tropical Isle bar founded during the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition, created the melon-flavored Hand Grenade as their signature cocktail. Since January 1992, the Hand Grenade has been served in a green, translucent, plastic yard glass container with a bulbous, textured base shaped like an oversized hand grenade.
Cocktail enthusiasts' opinions about the sweet and potent drink range from classifying it as a "terrible drink" (along with another similarly unique French Quarter cocktail, the Hurricane) to being "well worth the hangover".
Tropical Isle's website sells a prepared Hand Grenade mix for home use.
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