Hand Grenade (cocktail)

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A hand grenade from Tropical Isle on Bourbon Street

The Hand Grenade is a specialty cocktail drink sold frozen or on the rocks exclusively through five licensed nightclub bars in the New Orleans French Quarter.

History[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

Five French Quarter bars sell the Hand Grenade.[2][better source needed]

Popularity[edit]

Cocktail enthusiasts' opinions about the sweet and potent drink range from classifying it as a "terrible drink"[3] (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.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maroon Staff, The (December 8, 2011). "Bourbon Street bars offer change of scene". The Maroon: Life & Times. Loyola University New Orleans. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Feldman, Judge Martin L. C. (August 25, 2011). "721 Bourbon, Inc. v. B.E.A., Inc. et al - Document 39" (pdf). Civil Action No. 11-710 Section "F". United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. pp. 1–4. Retrieved February 7, 2012. Court rulings are public domain content under U.S. law. 
  3. ^ Sintumuang, Kevin (October 2010). "The 25 Best Cocktail Bars in America". GQ Magazine. Condé Nast Digital. pp. Slide #16 (Arnaud's French 75). Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tropical Isle Gift Annex". Tropical Isle. 1997. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 

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