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.
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
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.