Apr 5, 2011

Hail to the Hurricane

Recently, the author of one of the blogs I follow discussed the question:  If you could only drink one type of cocktail for the rest of your life, what drink would it be?  For me, I would never tire of the hurricane. 

Especially if I could guarantee it always came from Pat O’Brien’s, the birthplace of the hurricane.  I don’t care where else I order one, it never tastes as good as a Pat O’s hurricane, especially if you’re sitting by the flaming fountain in their French Quarter courtyard in New Orleans.  It just tastes better for some reason.   
Note the recipe calls for equal parts hurricane mix and dark rum.  When I try to emulate this at my Mardi Gras parties, all sorts of crazy happens.  But it still doesn’t taste as good as the real thing. 
Still, any hurricane will do in a pinch.  I actually think my favorite hometown bar, the Brewhaus, makes an excellent hurricane.  Maybe it has more to do with the bar than the drink.  But that’s the topic of another blog.   
The author was also asked what his top ten cocktails would be.  Copycat that I am, here’s my list, in no particular order: 
·         Hurricane
·         Harvey Wallbanger
·         Sazerac
·         Rusty Nail
·         Bronx Cocktail
·         Sloe Comfortable Screw
·         Bloody Mary
·         Tequila Sunrise
·         Jack & Ginger
·         Algonquin
This list is, of course, subject to change.  Ask anyone who drinks with me, and you know I can never make up my mind when I order anyway.  But the hurricane rarely disappoints.    

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