Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Hurricane - A Classic New Orleans Cocktail Done Our Way (Deliciously!)

We spend a lot of time focusing on all of the different Creole-inspired foods we serve at our Lake of the Ozarks Cajun restaurant & bar but today, we're turning our focus toward a classic Cajun cocktail - the Hurricane! This particular mixed drink is a staple in New Orleans. 

Here at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina in Osage Beach, we've perfected our own version of their classic cocktail plus come up with a few delicious variations of our own. Ours are every bit as irresistible as the original and some of you may even like them just a bit more!   

History of the Hurricane

The Hurricane is a sweet drink made with rum, fruit juices, and syrup or grenadine. One reason that this cocktail is so very popular in New Orleans is that they were invented there.

In the 1940s, 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.

Hurricanes at Shorty Pants Lounge
As we mentioned earlier, our waterfront bar & restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks has mastered the classic Hurricane plus come up with a few variations that we know you're going to love. They all contain the rum and the fruity juices you'd expect but also a few additional ingredients that give each drink its own tasty twist! 

New Orleans Hurricane
Cruzan Dark Rum, Cruzan Light Rum, DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps, orange juice, pineapple juice, and Shorty Pants Punch. 

Rainbow Sherbert Hurricane
Cruzan Coconut Rum, DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps, and DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker mixed with orange juice, pineapple, and cranberry juice. 

Lake Hurricane
Cruzan Light and Coconut Rum, DeKuyper Blue Curacao, orange and pineapple juice.

Island Hurricane
Cruzan Tropical Fruit Rum, pineapple juice, a splash of orange juice, and grenadine.

These classic New Orleans-inspired cocktails pair deliciously with our Cajun cuisine. From Po Boy Sandwiches to Jambalaya, Red Beans & Rice, Crawfish-N-Shrimp Etouffee, and so much more, when you dine at Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, if you close your eyes you'll swear you're in Louisiana instead of mid-Missouri! Come on in and taste for yourself.   

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