NEW ORLEANS STYLE HURRICANE DRINK RECIPE
Updated: Mar 13
Happy Mardi Gras!!!! This is definitely on our bucket list of experiences - New Orleans and their traditional Mardi Gras festivals! Here on Jasmine we feel like Mardi Gras is no different than any other given Tuesday. We like to eat and drink in excess, so this is a no brainer for us to celebrate, no matter your beliefs. Mardi Gras is about music and parades, picnics floats and excitement. Basically all the things we like to do, make a party out of anything and everything. Celebrate life and friends, be loud and have fun.
For this Toast to Tuesday, and because it is is Mardi Gras, we wanted to honor the official drink of Mardi Gras, the Hurricane. While searching recipes they were all pretty similar but this one was easy and straight to the point from Taste of Home. We set out to buy all of the ingredients, first up was the rum. Strangely enough we had light rum in our liquor cabinet, unopened. Interesting. But perfect...we didn't have to purchase that. We don't drink rum a lot around this neighborhood so that is probably why it was unopened. In addition to the light rum we needed dark rum and we didn't luck out as much to have that. Off to the liquor store we went. When we think of dark rum, Sailor Jerry or Captain Morgan comes to mind. Growing up, one of our high school friends always drank rum and cokes...and the Captain was the only one that would do! So we figured lets stick to what we know and get the Captain for our Hurricane cocktail.
Next in the ingredients list were all the juices and syrups. This recipe called for passion fruit juice, orange juice, lime juice, grenadine and simple syrup. We are ALWAYS looking for ways to cut out some calories and sugar if at all possible. So looking at this recipe we decided to make our own grenadine, and use monk fruit sweetener instead of sugar, as well as all natural organic passion fruit juice so there were no added sugars. We chose to squeeze oranges for the juice instead of store bought orange juice. Any time you can control the ingredient, you will feel be better off and know what you are putting in your body.
For the simple syrup...it is just that, SIMPLE. You will combine equal parts of sugar and water, bring to a boil and then cool. That is it! You just made your simple syrup in five minutes.
For the grenadine we went and bought a bottle at the liquor store, looked at the ingredients, didn't understand half the ingredients it listed, and decided to search recipes to make our own. To our surprise this was quite simple as well! Phew. All it required was pomegranate juice and equal parts of sugar, which we entail still used the monk fruit sweetener. There were also recipes to make it a bit tart by adding some fresh squeezed lemon juice. We opted not to do that. However, grenadine is something great to have on hand if your children like Shirley Temple drinks like ours do. That is simply Sprite, Grenadine and cherries!
Here are the ingredients from Taste of Home's website that you will need to create the Hurricane cocktail.
2 oz. light rum
2 oz. dark rum
1 oz. orange juice
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon simple syrup
1 tablespoon grenadine
Orange slice and cherry, for garnish (we did not have cherries so chose to use our fresh pineapple that was ripe and ready for us!)
Note: You can buy passion fruit juice or purée in the beverage aisle of many grocery stores, or you can find it on Amazon. (We found our passion fruit juice at Whole Foods.)
Shake It Up Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice
Pour It Out Strain into a hurricane glass filled with ice
Top It Off Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice. À votre santé! (Cheers!) (we used an orange slice and a pineapple slice) Feel free to use whatever you have on hand.
We did not have hurricane glasses in our stock, but wanted to get some for this recipe. We found ours here on Amazon and love that they are a bit more of a contemporary/modern version of the traditional hurricane glass. To our surprise, when they arrived, even better they were plastic - but were still beautiful and elegant. We will be using these poolside all summer! Yes please.
We hope you enjoy this skinnier version of the traditional New Orleans Hurricane and Happy Mardi Gras Day! Go get fat, haha!