The Story Behind Mardi Gras' Classic Cocktail

The Story Behind Mardi Gras' Classic Cocktail
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The Story Behind Mardi Gras' Classic Cocktail

Read on to learn more about the creation of the Hurricane.

The Hurricane was invented in the 1940s at a bar called Pat O'Brien's.

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Pat O'Brien's opened on December 3, 1933, right before Prohibition was repealed!

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In the 1940s, liquors like whiskey, bourbon and scotch grew scarce. Distributors forced bar owners to buy rum in order to get access to their other liquors.

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With lots of rum to use, Pat O'Brien set out to create a rum-based cocktail. Eventually he created the Hurricane with rum, passion fruit syrup and lime juice.

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The Hurricane received its namesake from its serving glass, which looked similar to the hurricane lamp.

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To this day you can still order a Hurricane at Pat O'Brien's -- and even take the glass home as a souvenir!

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If you've ever been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, there's a good chance you've heard of a drink called the Hurricane.

Bright in color, the Hurricane might seem like a modern addition to Mardi Gras, but the strong cocktail has been around longer than you may think.

Check out the slideshow above to learn more about the Hurricane.

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