Have a Hurricane!

Hurricanes-Pat O'Brien style!
Hurricanes-Pat O’Brien style!

In 1977, my college roommate, Barbara and I drove from Cullowhee to New Orleans to experience Mardi Gras. Fortunately, I had a friend at Tulane University so we had free lodging and a personal guide to the city and the parades. We collected hundreds of beads…thrown from the floats during the parade, rode the trolley cars, ate red beans and rice from carts on the street, and drank Hurricanes at Pat O’Briens.

John and I enjoyed Mardi Gras a few years later and braved the cold and crowds for a wonderful weekend. We’ve decided the next time we go to Mardi Gras it’s going to be in style…no more dorm rooms or basements of sorority houses but a hotel in the midst of all the fun. Guess we better make our reservations soon!

Hurricane Recipe

10 oz. Dark Rum

10 oz. Clear Rum

10 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix

10 oz. Orange Juice

10 oz. Roses’ Grenadine

Mix all ingredients in a pitcher and chill for an hour. Serve in a tall glass with crushed ice. Remember to take the keys from your guests!

Glass from my first Hurricane at Pat O'Briens, New Orleans 1977 Mardi Gras
Glass from my first Hurricane at Pat O’Briens, New Orleans 1977 Mardi Gras


Since we’re not in New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year we’ll be drinking Hurricanes to celebrate.

Batten down the hatches and stay at home if you plan to enjoy this potent New Orleans specialty drink, This recipe is Emeril’s version of the fruity concoction. Kay introduced us to this recipe, and we’re hooked.