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It time for Mardi Gras, Memphis style.  I got invited to a LSU alumni Mardi Gras ball and boy did we laissez les bon temps rouler.


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I made a large wine bottle full of the original Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane cocktail.  There was none left at the end of the evening.  My band of merry revelers also finished a bottle of tequila, a couple bottles of wine, and a flask of scotch.

24852649926_f5b1fcbc3a_zNeedless to say, a good time was had by all.  Some had more of a good time than others…

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No one in our group left their pantyhose in the bathroom, but several of us ditched the shoes.  There’s only so long you can look fabulous and dance like a mad woman.

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My Hurricane on the left; Hurricane mixed from a packet on the right. You chose…

If you’d like to make a Hurricane that doesn’t make your insides glow from high fructose corn syrup and red dye #5, then give this a whirl.

1 oz dark rum
1 1/2 oz white rum
1 1/2 oz passion fruit syrup*
1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
2 teaspoons super fine sugar
splash of grenadine
lime wedge for garnish (when you aren’t serving from a giant wine bottle)

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake to blend.  Serve immediately.

*I used a passion fruit concentrate I found at my local ethnic market.  The original recipe references a syrup, so instead of mixing to the normal proportions the concentrate called for, I reduced the water.  Also, instead of adding sugar to my shaker, I made a simple syrup with the amount of water I was adding for my syrup.

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However you celebrate your fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras, I hope you have a grand time!

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