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Celebrate Mardi Gras: Healthy Hurricane

March 06, 2011

Mardi Gras 2011 is this Tuesday, March 8.  Mardi Gras, “Fat Tuesday”, is the last day of the Carnival season as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. The Hurricane is a fruit-colored relative of the “daiquiri”, and it’s credited to New Orleans tavern owner Pat O’Brien. In the 1940s, he created the fruity concoction and served it in hurricane-lamp-shaped glasses to give away to sailors. The drink caught on, and it has been a mainstay in the French Quarter in New Orleans ever since. My version of the Healthy Hurricane is filled with fresh fruit juices, making it perfect for kids to enjoy. If you want an alcoholic version, see the note about how much rum to add.

Healthy Hurricane

Prep: 5 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
2 cups orange juice
2 cups pineapple juice
11/2 cups pomegranate juice
1/2 cup ruby red grapefruit juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 Crushed ice
1 Fresh cut pineapple, maraschino cherries
1. Combine orange juice, pineapple juice, pomegranate juice, grapefruit and lime juice in a large pitcher stirring well. Serve in tall hurricane-style glasses over crushed ice. Garnish with pineapple and cherries, if desired.

To create an alcoholic version, add 1 to 11/2 cups light rum, mixing well.


14 Responses to “Celebrate Mardi Gras: Healthy Hurricane”
Christy Turnipseed says:
March, 06 2011at 11:36 am
Fun to make! Love the glasses :)
Bill says:
March, 06 2011at 11:40 am
What a great idea. We love hurricanes and there's nothing better on Mardi Gras for a taste of NOLA
March, 06 2011at 02:23 pm
Yum! This is perfect for us right now--we're on a year "fast" from liquor. If only I could make a liquor-free Sazerac!
Taylor says:
March, 06 2011at 02:47 pm
Great way to celebrate Mardi Gras! Thanks for sharing!
Smush says:
March, 07 2011at 07:34 am
Coincidentally came across (and took home) some Pat O's hurricane glasses at my mom's yesterday. Perfect timing.
March, 06 2011at 10:51 pm
Such a festive drink Alison! Wish i could be at Mardi Gras ;)
Maria says:
March, 07 2011at 09:49 am
What a fun drink!
Julie says:
March, 06 2011at 11:46 am
These sound delish. I love the glasses and props
March, 06 2011at 11:30 am
Brings back Tulane Memories. Jon
Mary says:
March, 06 2011at 11:36 am
Fantastic! Love this picture! Awesome
Sherri says:
March, 06 2011at 11:29 am
LOVE this! I will make these will my kids on Tuesday!
Cara says:
March, 10 2011at 10:47 am
I didn't realize they were that easy to make. I'm going to have to make some.
October, 16 2012at 07:01 am
[...] to cut calories by eliminating grenadine and using light juices to reduce sugar. It’s the Healthy Hurricane. Or, if you prefer the late night-cap drink, Brandy Milk Punch, combine brandy or bourbon with [...]
February, 04 2013at 10:40 pm
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