Our staff doesn’t take Mardi Gras lightly. Including our resident bartenders Deanna Marie and Eric Johnson.
Before Deanna and Eric could indulge in their bartending skills, they had to learn a little history about the start of Mardi Gras and the creation of the Hurricane.
Thanks to our friends at Murph’s Irish Pub, we learned all about the history and how to make the best Hurricane in town.
Pictures and video below from today’s visit.
History Of Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries as medieval Europe passed through Rome and Venice to the French House of the Bourbons. From here, the traditional revelry of “Boeuf Gras,” or fatted calf, followed France to her colonies.
Fast Forward to 1718 New Orleans was established by Bienville. By the 1730s, Mardi Gras was celebrated opening in New Orleans. A parade might not have been the main attraction at that point in time, but it was the start of a tradition.
Only took a few years, or more, to make it to what it is today. In 1872 a group of businessmen invesnted a King of Carnival, Rex to preside over the first daytime parade. But why the colors of Purple, Green, and Gold as the official Carnival colors? Well to honor the visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff, the businessmen introduced Romanoff’s family colors of purple, green and gold as Carnival’s official colors. Purple stands for justice; gold for power; and green for faith. This was also the Mardi Gras season that Carnival’s improbable anthem, “If Ever I Cease to Love,” was cemented, due in part to the Duke’s fondness for the tune.
Hurricanes for the Win
But you may ask, where did the Hurricane, the official drink of Carnival, come from. In the 1940s Pat O’Brien introduced the new drink. This cocktail consists of a double serving of rum, suite of fruit juices, and sweeteners. The Hurricane was created due to a surplus of rum. In the 1940s, rum was easier to acquire than whiskey and other liquors, so Pat O’Brien’s began experimenting with the spirit, eventually landing on the Hurricane. The fun-loving bar continues to sling the cocktail in droves, selling more than half a million glasses every year at its New Orleans location.
This high-octane fruit bomb is an excuse to sip from a Hurricane glass, the tall, curved, wide vessel which was inspired by the hurricane lamp.
And what better way to celebrate Mardi Gras, then to have our talented resident bartenders Deanna and Eric make some hurricanes. But little did we know that Deanna had a little trick up her sleeve.
Here is the recipe and step by step of what we were taught today at Murphy’s Irish Pub in Wilmington. Be sure to stop in for an awesome cocktail, or make one at home. And if you stop in, you have to check out the food as well. It was so good.
- 3 ounces light rum
- 3 ounces dark rum
- 1 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 ounce orange juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/2 ounce passion fruit puree
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1 teaspoon grenadine
- Garnish: orange half-wheel
- Garnish: preserved cherry
- Add the light and dark rums, lime and orange juices, passion fruit puree, simple syrup and grenadine into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
- Strain into a large Hurricane glass over fresh ice.
- Garnish with an orange half-wheel and a preserved cherry.
How did Deanna Marie and EJ do?