Friday, September 16, 2011

The (Belated) Hurricane...... aka The Natural Disaster Cocktail

The (Belated) Hurricane...... aka The Natural Disaster Cocktail

As you may have heard, New York, usually blissfully free of natural disaster (unless you count political scandals) recently got a double whammy. We were treated to a little earthquake mid-week and then spent the weekend in a hurricane.

The (Belated) Hurricane...... aka The Natural Disaster Cocktail
Truth be told, we personally were not hard hit by either disaster. We lost a small tree and a few branches courtesy of Hurricane Irene and endured a slightly queasy feeling from the earthquake. Our pup slept through both so we're not counting on her to alert us to anything other than when it's dinner time.

Of course, what fun is a disaster unless you spend it inebriated with the one you love! We sipped Lychee Martinis back on rapture day, after all. Naturally, the Hurricane cocktail would have been ideal for hurricane weekend but we didn't have any grenadine in the house and were not about to risk life and limb in the feeding frenzy that was our supermarket.

Lychee Martini
Lychee Martini
So now that the hurricane is over, did we really need to make the drink? Well, we'd kind of had our minds set on it and it's quite tasty. Oh, and I did research to see if there is an "earthquake" cocktail and, lo and behold, there is! Called Tremblement de Terre in French, it's attributed to painter Toulouse-Lautrec and it actually sounds just ghastly so let's stick to one natural disaster. Cheers!

Per Serving
3 oz. Rum
1 1/2 oz. Grenedine
1 1/2 oz. Orange juice
1 1/2 oz. Pineapple juice
1 oz. Lime juice
1/2 oz. Triple Sec

Shake over ice and serve in an iced tea glass or tumbler. Garnish with slices of orange or lime.

Note that the original Hurricane calls for passion fruit juice but, if that's hard to find, the combination of orange and pineapple juices do just fine. The drink itself is deceptively powerful because it's so sweet. In fact, too sweet for our taste. Our version tones it down a touch by using a bit less grenadine and more lime juice.


  1. That sounds great, with all the citrus in there. Sounds like a great way to spend a hurricane.

  2. Glad you weathered both events OK. Looks like a great cocktail.

  3. this sounds heavenly..I would order this anyday!

  4. Boy I could have really used this during Irene. Have a couple of these and who cares if the roof blows off LOL. Thanks for sharing.


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