The Weekend Cocktail: New Orleans Hurricane

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gwen-headshot-110x110BY GWEN KENNEALLY

There is a big party going on in New Orleans that started Super Bowl Sunday and will carry through the weekend until Fat Tuesday.  February 12 is when Mardi Gras 2010 officially kicks-off in the French Quarter with the 40th Annual Greasing of the Poles.

The event is a “must-have must-see” experience for all visitors to the Crescent City as well as seasoned Mardi Gras veterans. Local historian and Mardi Gras authority, Arthur Hardy, describes the Greasing of the Poles as an event “performed with great style and a hint of mischief.” The event captures the essence of the Mardi Gras spirit and always features surprise celebrity guests, great local music, and a whole lot of petroleum jelly! Most consider Mardi Gras the entire period between Twelfth Night and Ash Wednesday. Others treat the final three-day period before Ash Wednesday as the Mardi Gras. Either way it a big party for a city that is beginning to thrive once again.

New Orleans Hurricane


1-cup ice

4 ounces light rum

4 ounces passion fruit flavored syrup

2 cups lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage

2 ounces lime juice

2 ounces 151 proof rum

Rim two hurricane glasses with lime and twist glasses on a plate with purple, green and yellow sugar. In a shaker, combine ice, light rum, passion fruit syrup, lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage and limejuice. Shake well and pour mixture into the prepared glasses Float the 151 proof rum on top of the drink. Enjoy without the two rums if you prefer a festive non-alcoholic drink.

Gwen Kenneally is the owner of Back to the Kitchen, Full Service Catering and Party Planning. Check out her website and blog

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