No Mardi Gras celebration would be complete without enjoying a classic Hurricane Cocktail in New Orleans.
The drink know to most tourists in New Orleans is the Hurricane Cocktail. During celebrations (and celebrations seem to be every night in the New Orleans French quarter), tourists carry their “to go” hurricane drinks with them. In New Orleans, you can carry your drink out of a bar and down the street, even into another bar. Hurricanes are also the cocktail of choice during Mardi Gras, when thousands come to parade and party.
Pat O’Brien’s is an icon of the French Quarter, a location to which nearly every tourist seems to make a pilgrimage.
Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane glass is one of the most sought-after souvenirs in New Orleans and servers at Pat O’Brien’s will helpfully box yours to go when you are finished with your drink. The offer you a refund if you turn in your empty glass at the counter. If you take it with you, an attendant outside the restaurant will package it in a cardboard holder for safekeeping.
This boozy rum-based drink will get the party started no matter where you are.
Hurricane Cocktail History:
1930s – During the prohibition of the 1930s, the bar was a speakeasy known as “Mr. O’Brien’s Club Tipperary”. One of many speakeasies in New Orleans, whose doors opened only to the select few who knew the password. In 1933, B. H. “Pat” O’Brien moved his “club” across the street and called it “Pat O’Brien’s”.
1940s – The hurricane cocktail was made famous by Pat O’Brien’s French quarter bar in the 1940s. Other restaurants and bars now serve this drink but it has become synonymous with Pat O’Brien’s. This signature cocktail is a potent fruit punch drink that is served in a special hurricane lamp glass in New Orleans.
The drink was created during World War II, when liquor such as whiskey was in low supply and bar owners were forced to order large amounts of rum in order to get their quota of whiskey. Through trial and error, they came up with a drink that everyone loved! Pat O’Brien paired it up with a glass shaped like a Hurricane lamp and the drink was perfected!
Hurricane Cocktail Recipe: