I turn the sweet, fruity and powerful New Orleans cocktail into a martini with my Hurricane Martini Recipe. You’ll be transformed to the French Quarter with one sip of the familiar cocktail flavors.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy martinis. Funny thing, it’s not really because I actually like drinking them; it’s because I think they’re elegant. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do like drinking them too. Holding a martini just looks classy. I’ve loved a martini since Carrie Bradshaw made the Cosmopolitan popular on Sex and the City.
Recently, Hubs and I were reminiscing about New Orleans. If you’ve never been, it truly is a town to experience. I think it’s the first organic foodie town. Organic as in it wasn’t planned, the food culture there dates back for centuries and has grown to have a very unique food culture.
Then, or course, the Hurricane punch is the cocktail of New Orleans. Being from a small town, I was amazed the first time I visited New Orleans and found that you can buy cocktails on every street like we have Slushy machines. Like, you can publicly drink as long as the cocktail is in a plastic container. Get your mega-Hurricane cocktail and sight see, there’s plenty of sights to behold!
A Hurricane is a sweet, fruity cocktail with a lot of rum. It’s similar to a daiquiri and tastes like spiked Hawaiian punch to me. The Hurricane was developed by New Orleans bar owner Pat O’Brien as a way to use the abundance of rum he had. He served them in hurricane lamp shaped glasses; this cocktail caught on and has been a New Orleans favorite since the 1940s.
I wanted to get the same flavors, but with a more sophisticated feel for my martini. I used light and dark rum, orange juice, grenadine and lemon in this martini and crowned it with an orange slice.
- 1 oz dark rum
- 1 oz light rum
- 1 oz orange juice
- 1 oz grenadine
- 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- orange slices sliced very thin
- Put all ingredients in a shake full of ice. Shake vigorously 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with thinly sliced orange.
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