Monday, October 29, 2012

The Hurricane Cocktail

Never let it be said that I fail to capitalize on an opportunity to make a cocktail that is relevant to current events. Since Ms. Dawn was so kind as to bring me a packet of Pat O'Brien's Hurricane Cocktail Mix from her last trip down to New Orleans I've decided to crack the packet open and make us some Hurricanes. Now before I go into the making of the cocktail, I wanted to shed some light as to how the cocktail came about. According to the Pat O'Brien's bar's website:
In the mid 1940's, Pat O'Brien's Bar (718 St. Peter Street, New Orleans) propelled when the Hurricane Drink was created. At that time, there was short supply of liquor such as whiskey, bourbon and scotch. There was, however, access to rum coming up the river. Bar owners were forced to buy large quantities of rum, 50 cases or so, in order to purchase other liquor. Through trial and error, they came up with a drink that everyone loved! Pat O'Brien paired it up with a glass shaped like a Hurricane lamp and the drink was perfected!

So after I followed the following instructions:
Pat O'Brien's Hurricane Cocktail drink mix.
Half fill a clean quart container with cold water.
Add Pat O'Brien's Hurricane drink mix to water and stir thoroughly.
Add water to fill container and shake again.

Fill drinking glass with ice.
Add 4 oz. dark rum to drinking glass.
Add 4 oz. liquid Pat O'Brien's Hurricane drink mix to drinking glass.

Stir, garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherry. Serve with straw.

I'm using Bacardi Select Rum since I don't have any Amber/Gold Rum. Here is what I got (sans orange wedge):

For those of you out there, be safe while that sassy lassie Ms. Sandy is paying our lovely city a visit.

Until Then Happy Drinking,
Sisco Vanilla