Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season

Mrs. Ferment gets cravings for seasonally-appropriate drinks. So while the warnings of Hurricane Irene were coming from every corner, she found her hurricane glass and asked me to make her a Hurricane drink. The Hurricane is one of those tropical drinks with about fourteen-hundred ingredients, so I was sure I was going to have to improvise.

And improvise I did. Here is a traditional Hurricane recipe:

The Hurricane

  • Servings: 8oz.
  • Difficulty: advanced
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Ingredients

  • 1½ oz. dark rum
  • 1½ oz. light rum
  • 2 oz. passion fruit juice
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • splash of grenadine
  • ice to fill a hurricane glass and about a third of a French shaker

Directions

Combine all ingredients except grenadine, and shake well. Strain into ice-filled hurricane glass and top with splash of grenadine. Add orange wheel and Maraschino cherry as garnish. Add straw.

Now as much of a collector of odd ingredients as I am, I just don’t have things like passion fruit juice laying around the house. Truth be told, it’s often hard to find orange juice in the DnU HQ, because I’m just not into Screwdrivers or Fuzzy navels. What we did have, however, was a readymade fruity concoction of dubious quality. That’s right, we had a bottle of Hawaiian Punch. Let’s pretend that Hawaiian Punch tastes like anything, and we can maybe squint and discern orange and some sort of tropical fruit flavor. Plus, like any good Hurricane cocktail, it’s red. Here’s what I made:

Hurricane Punch

  • Servings: 9oz.
  • Difficulty: advanced
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We’ve got two hurricane glasses at the HQ, but no hurricane lanterns.

Ingredients

  • 1½ oz. black rum
  • 1½ oz. white rum
  • 2 oz Hawaiian Punch
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • splash of grenadine
  • ice to fill a hurricane glass and about a third of a French shaker

Directions

Combine all ingredients except grenadine, and shake well. Strain into ice-filled hurricane glass and top with splash of grenadine. Add Maraschino cherry and fancy umbrella as garnish. Add straw.

Clearly, I had no oranges, even for the garnish. But Mrs. Ferment enjoyed it, and said she couldn’t tell the difference. We had no traditional Hurricane to test, so she was going by pure, fuzzy memory. I was surprised by it’s sweetness, in that it wasn’t overly so. I started with just one ounce of pineapple juice, but added the second to punch up the sweetness. I also used lime juice, because we had a bunch of lime juice just squeezed, and I like it better than lemon juice in just about every case.

Of course, not having Hawaiian Punch is just as likely as not having passion fruit juice. We were just lucky. Without the Hawaiian Punch, I might have gone for apple juice or grape juice, or even red wine, but then we’re veering more into Sangria territory than tropical drink. (Sangria, I guess, being more of a Mediterranean drink?) But, as noted, Mrs. Ferment thought it was rather delicious, and she was even more satisfied to drink it on the eve of the hurricane, while I chose to worry about the windows and roof of DnU HQ. She had the right idea; there was no major damage, and one Hurricane made Irene far less looming.