Friday, March 4, 2011

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

This Tuesday comes Mardi Gras or literally Fat Tuesday, the big bacchanalia before the penitence and self-denial of Lent. At chez Bluebonnet, we celebrated Mardi Gras tonight.

Our king cake from Manny Randazzo arrived on our portico straight from Metairie. Friends came over for gumbo and french bread and Hurricanes. The Hurricane's sweet/sour fruity taste took me straight back to my youth and Pat O'Brien's in the French Quarter. Now with this cocktail, you can enjoy the spirit of the Quarter and Mardi Gras. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Hurricane (a New Orleans cocktail)
Adapted from Emeril Lagasse's recipe

Serves 5-6

6 ounces light rum
6 ounces dark rum
2 ounces grenadine
3 ounces passion fruit juice
5 ounces fresh orange juice
5 ounces fresh lime juice
1.5 tablespoons superfine sugar, or more to taste*
1 large orange, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices

Mix all the ingredients in a tall pitcher and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add ice cubes and garnish with orange slices. Serve in tall glasses over ice with a straw.

* I created my own superfine sugar by simply running sugar through my blender.


  1. wow you really get into it. fun fun fun!

  2. Sounds delish! Yesterday was parade day for St.Patrick's Day, so we were drinking Guinness, but that looks absolutely delish. We'll have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  3. We do get into Mardi Gras. So fun! Mmmm...Guinness. You can also do a bit less lime to make the Hurricane a tad sweeter.


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