Saturday, December 5, 2015

Holiday Cooking~Hurricane Recipe (Maybe That Should Be Holiday Drinking!)

The Hurricane was rumored to have been invented in the 1940’s at Pat O’Brien’s bar on St. Peter in the French Quarter. It is said that during World War II, bar owners had to buy several dozen cases of rum before liquor salesmen would sell them a case of scotch because rum was much more plentiful. The bartenders at O’Brien’s came up with a recipe mixing fruit juices with rum to try to get rid of all the extra rum. They called it a Hurricane for obvious reasons. 

Hurricane recipe:

2 ounces light rum
2 ounces dark rum
2 ounces red passion fruit syrup
1 ounce orange juice
1 ounce pineapple juice
1 ounce fresh lime juice

Fill a tall glass, preferably a hurricane glass, with ice.
Shake ingredients with ice, then strain into glass. You can
add a pineapple or orange slice for garnishment.

(Of course, I’m gonna admit to taking the easy route myself. I used Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane mix and add rum and ice.)

You can enjoy a Hurricane while reading my romantic novel, TO SAVE A LADY, which is set in the French Quarter during the Battle of New Orleans in 1814.

A move from Paris to New Orleans brings disaster to Elise Plaisance’s predictable life as a lady’s maid. The son of her grief-stricken mistress disappears, and Elise is drawn into a dangerous web of espionage and deceit as the threat of war divides the city.
Captain Jesse Cross doesn’t fancy himself as a lovelorn soldier desperate for a woman until a mysterious French spy captivates his imagination. Their romance is a frail illusion, born in the darkness of a moonlit courtyard and never meant to last forever.
The enemy strikes. Both on the battlefield and in the Quarter. Torn between loyalty and love, Elise must risk everything to rescue her mistress’s son before all is lost. Jesse has to stop her even if it means sacrificing his honor and losing his life to save a lady.

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