Cocktails aren’t normally created by accident, but some stories are just more interesting than others.
The Hurricane – or Hurrycane as we Cajuns at Razzoo’s call it – is one such cocktail with a storied (or should we say stormy?) past. Tall tales or truth is anyone’s guess, but here are 3 little known facts about the popular cocktail brought to you by your favorite Cajun restaurant, Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe:
#1: The Hurricane Originated in Louisiana
Ahhh – now you see why we love the Hurricane so much! Back in the 1940s, Pat O’Brien’s on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana concocted the drink out of sheer necessity – and we couldn’t be happier he did!
#2: The First Hurricanes were Free!
Yes you read that right – free drinks for all! Back in those days, Prohibition was a very real thing, and Pat O’Brien’s – then known as Mr. O’Brien’s Bar & Tipperary – is said to have been a speakeasy for sailors passing through New Orleans. Just say the words “storms abrewin!” and they’d let you in. (No lie.) As Prohibition came to an end, liquor was still in short supply and all the bars were vying for their share. In order for anyone to get even a small share of the good stuff, you had to order a ton of the bottom shelf liquor, so Pat ended up with crates of bottom shelf, cheap rum. So what’d he do?! Mix it with fruit juice and hand it out to sailors for free as a marketing gimmick! The first Hurricanes were born!
#3: The Name is in the Glass
Pat O’Brien named the popular cocktail after the type of glass he served it in – hourglass shaped like a hurricane lantern. Some accounts even say that the first glasses were in fact old hurricane lamps, turned into drinking glasses by having a bottom sealed on, but that seems a little far fetched even for us to believe!