“ Since the Super Bowl is in New Orleans this year, it's only fitting that we drink one of the city's classic cocktails, The Hurricane. Mix light rum, dark rum, juices, and grenadine and let the good times roll! Alex, Recipe Hunter ”
Instead of choosing a side for this year’s Super Bowl, we’re going to tip our hats to the host city, New Orleans, with this classic Big Easy classic cocktail, the Hurricane. Originating in the 1940s, the Hurricane started as a creation of tavern owner Pat O’Brien as a way to get rid of the cases of rum his distributors required him to buy in order to get access to more popular scotch and whiskey. With its combination of fruit juices, grenadine, and a combo of rums, this drink may taste fruity but it packs a punch and quickly became a mainstay in the French Quarter of New Orleans. If you visit, you can still get one at the famous Pat O’Brien’s bar, but there’s no reason you can’t make your own at home! Since you can double, triple, even quintuple the recipe so easily, it’s the perfect crowd-pleasing drink to serve up for the Super Bowl. As they say in New Orleans, laissez les bons temps rouler - let the good times roll!
“ I love my life at the beach with my little family, here on Maryland's Eastern Shore. I try to cook from scratch as often as I can, and really take pride in my accomplishments in the kitchen. ”
Even with 2 little ones running around, Laura prides herself in continuing to put handmade, home-cooked food on the table. As the blogger behind Tide and Thyme, she creates seasonally-inspired, from-scratch recipes using the bounty of what comes from the land and sea of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where she lives. Her recipes are creative and unique while still being approachable and you can tell that she puts a whole lotta’ love in everything she makes. If we learn one thing from Laura, it’s that homemade is always better so skip the takeout and store-bought and make something yourself!
At its core, grenadine is a sweetened pomegranate syrup…or at least that’s what it’s supposed to be. Most of the commercially available grenadines are nothing more than corn syrup with red food coloring and other ingredients we can’t even pronounce. If you can get your hand on a more natural, small-batch grenadine, give it a shot. But, did you know that it’s actually incredibly easy to make your own? Here’s how:
In a microwave safe bowl or Pyrex measuring cup, microwave 1 cup of 100% pomegranate juice (no sugar added) for 1 minute.
Whisk in 1 cup of sugar until dissolved. Pour into a glass container and refrigerate. Use within 3 weeks.
Optional: add 1/2 shot of vodka to help preserve it in the fridge for up to a month.
That’s it! If you want an even deeper flavor, consider adding 1 oz. of pomegranate molasses and 1/2 tsp. of orange blossom water (both available at a Mediterranean market). And the vodka is completely optional – it will just help the grenadine stay fresh in the fridge for longer. Next time, skip the syrupy stuff and just make your own grenadine!
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