Mixer/Flavoring - Pat O'Brien's Hurricane Mix
Pat O'Brien's Hurricane Mix
Sirocco Enterprises, Inc., Jefferson, Louisiana
Major Ingredients: Corn Syrup, Citric Acid
AGE: Not Applicable
PRICE: $6.75 1 Liter
Notes: The Hurricane was created by Patrick O'Brien's Bar during WWII due to a shortage of whiskey or any other liquor. Bar owners needed to buy 50 cases of rum to get 1 case of other liquor (bourbon, rye, scotch, etc.) so they had a huge quantity of rum to get rid of. Somewhat of a variant of a Tiki drink- i.e., rum with lots of fruit juices or chemical equivalents (depending on quality of bar or bartender).
Appearance: Clear red like a cherry cough syrup or hydraulic fluid.
First Impression: Citric acid, tart and candylike smell to it - much like some sweet tart candies.
Taste: Tastes like unset (liquid) jello mix and/or sweet tart candies - a chemical citrus sour mix.
Drinks: Hurricanes of course. If you want to make a real one use the Chuck Taggart (author of the Gumbo Pages) recipe. If you want a real Hurricane in New Orleans itself go to Lafites Blacksmith Shop where they use real and identifiable ingredients for the most part. Of course if you want a large glass of rum with red fluorescent colored ice and some bits of fruit go to Pat O'Brien's - they probably serve one of the better of those kind of drinks on Bourbon St.- (there are seemingly hundreds of variations on that theme on Bourbon St. so be careful out there).
Final Thoughts: Well, it's cheap enough at least, and if you use the concentrate or the powdered stuff you save a lot on shipping. While I am against most premixed bottled drink preparations as chemical candied crap - if you must drink such stuff out of cost, lack of real fruit or laziness this is one of the least offensive.
Bottle: Plastic with green labels and neckwrap, screw cap closure. Nice thing about the bottles is they will bounce rather than break.