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Friday, July 18, 2014

Drink of the Week: The Hurricane


Photo: Stuart Mullenberg
It’s that time of year again, when cocktail and spirits enthusiasts from around the globe descend on the Big Easy for the mother of all drinks fests, Tales of the Cocktail. And while we’re saving our new, super-secret drink discoveries for upcoming issues of the magazine, there’s one Nola classic that we currently can’t get enough of. The official cocktail of this year’s fest, the Hurricane is as timeless as it is misunderstood. An electric mix of rum, passion fruit and citrus first mixed in the 1940s at Pat O’Briens bar in New Orleans’ French Quarter (its name comes from the hurricane lamp-like glass it’s served in), many of today’s versions rely on a powdery mix and bottom-shelf booze, but thankfully, venerable Nola bartender Chris Hannah has adapted his own version, which is as fresh and summery as can be.

Hurricane
2 oz. full-bodied rum 
1/2 oz. fresh orange juice 
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice 
1/2 oz. passion fruit syrup (B.G. Reynolds’ makes a great bottled version)
1/4 oz. grenadine
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: Hurricane
Garnish: fresh orange or lime wedge

Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass, and garnish.

Adapted by Chris Hannah, French 75 Bar, New Orleans