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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.


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…


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.


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.


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