Hurricane Cocktail Origins
A hurricane, in general, is a sweet drink made with rum, fruit juices, and syrup or grenadine. One reason that hurricanes are so very popular in New Orleans is that they were invented there.
In the 1940's, New Orleans tavern owner Pat O'Brien was looking for a way to get rid of some of the less popular rums on his shelf. Local distributors had forced him to include these in his order before he was able to get a few cases of the more popular liquors his customers preferred.
Once O'Brien came up with a mixture of the rums that he was happy with, he poured the new cocktail into a glass shaped similar to a hurricane lamp and gave it away to the sailors that came into his bar. The drink was a hit, and it has been a mainstay in the French Quarter ever since.
The name hurricane possibly came from the shape of the glass used to serve it. O'Brien's bar allegedly started out as a speakeasy, and the password to get in was "storm's brewin'." That fact also makes naming his drink after a storm very fitting!
Hurricanes are also incredibly popular in the Bahamas, but those are not made the same way as the New Orleans version. If you order a hurricane in the islands, expect a much different flavor. Their drink is made with coffee liqueur, 151 rum, Irish cream, and Grand Marnier.
Shorty Pants Hurricanes
As we mentioned above, in addition to the classic hurricane that you might be familiar with, we've come up with some recipes of our own. These still contain rum and fruit juices, but a few more ingredients give each one a tasty twist.
New Orleans Hurricane
Cruzan Dark Rum, Cruzan Light Rum, DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps, orange juice, pineapple juice, sour, and Shorty Pants Punch.
Rainbow Sherbert Hurricane
Cruzan Coconut Rum, DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps, DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker, all mixed with orange juice, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice.
Cruzan Dark Rum, Light Rum, Coconut Rum, Chambord, orange juice, and pineapple juice.
Light Rum, DeKuyper Blue Curacao, Korbel Brandy, sour, orange juice, and Shorty Pants Punch.
The next time you stop by for a plate full of the best Cajun food at the Lake of the Ozarks, consider trying this classic Cajun drink to go along with it. We're happy to mix one up for you fresh here at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, and we're willing to bet it will be one of your favorite new drinks!
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