Hurricanes are serious business for people living along the Gulf coast, especially New Orleans. The weather phenomena can do serious damage. But visitors to New Orleans, think of hurricanes in a friendly way. The hurricane cocktail is one of the most recognizable drinks in New Orleans. Served in a specific curvy hurricane glass, it is a universal symbol of frivolity and fun in the French Quarter.
This fruity red, rum based cocktail is credited to the bar, Pat O'Brien's. Pat O's, as the locals call it, is a New Orleans staple. No trip to the city would be complete with out a visit to Pat O's for a hurricane cocktail.
The folk tale behind this drink says that servers at Pat O'Brien's created this rum based cocktail during World War II. During the war, popular whiskey and scotch were harder to come by. Local liquor dealers forced bars to buy large quantities of readily available rum to be able to purchase the more popular liquors. This left bar owners with additional cases of rum and no one drinking it. So Pat O'Brien's created this fruity red cocktail to utilize the left over rum. The addition of a glass shaped like a hurricane lantern created the hurricane drink as we know it today.
Good times in New Orleans usually start with a hurricane cocktail. But don't let your location stop the fun for you. Let the good times roll where ever you live with your own Hurricane Party. Custom hurricane party invitations set a festive mood for a hurricane party. Invite friends over for a cocktails and conversations with this bright hurricane glass invitation. There are additional styles of hurricane glass invitations available at MardiGrasOutlet.com. Plastic hurricane glasses will really personalize the drinks at this party. These acrylic hurricane glasses come in assorted colors or clear plastic. Send the glasses home with your guests as a party favor just like they do at Pat O'Brien's in New Orleans. Everyone gets to take home a piece of the fun! You will love to use these dishwasher-safe glasses over and over again -- recreating the fun of Bourbon Street each time!
Want the real Hurricane Cocktail? Don't forget the Pat O'Brien's Hurricane Mix. This package of powdered hurricane mix makes 1 gallon (32 servings) of the world famous Pat O'Brien's Brand Hurricane Cocktail. All you need to add is water, ice and as much or little rum as you like. The pre-made Hurricane cocktails will keep the bar duties simple. You can focus on having fun and enjoying your guests instead of mixing custom cocktails all night long.
Serve this hurricane cocktail in hurricane glasses with a garnish on the rim. Slices of fruit like oranges, lemons or berries compliment the fruity mix. Add frozen maraschino cherries to the bottom of the glasses to keep your drink cool and add another layer of taste. For added flair, top off the glass with a paper drink umbrella and tall plastic palm tree stirrer . This hurricane drink just looks fun! Your guests will be coming back for seconds of this delicious cocktail!
Decorate for this Hurricane party with a New Orleans theme. Layer New Orleans' street signs and Jazz horns along the center of the table along with some sparkling hurricane lanterns filled with candles. Order extra packages of the hurricane mix to display on the tables, too. The Pat O'Brien's logo and glass on the package add real New Orleans' charm. Scatter Mardi Gras beads on the tables and bar area so guests can help themselves to the beads. Mardi Gras paper cocktail napkins complete the look.
Invite your friends over, pass out some Mardi Gras beads, put on a festive Mardi Gras mask, serve up the Hurricane cocktails and pretend your hidden away in a New Orleans courtyard. Your Hurricane Party is sure to be a hit! . Enjoy!