More than just a description of the weather, back in the old days that phrase got you a FREE drink! Read on to learn more about the storied beginnings of one of our favorite cocktails here at Razzoo’s – the hurricane (or Hurrycane as we call it!):
The year was 1940, and in those days, Prohibition was a very real thing. Business owner Pat O’Brien opened a speakeasy in New Orleans, the perfect stop for sailors along their travels. If they wanted to get into the speakeasy, the phase was simple: “storms a’brewin.”
Once inside, sailors could order a variety of drinks, but one was free - the hurricane. You see, getting quality liquor was difficult and the liquor suppliers knew it. In order to get even just a little bit of the good stuff, they made business owners order a ton of the cheap stuff. Well, Mr. O’Brien found himself with a heap of cheap rum and nothing ot use it for, so he came up with a plan. Why not mix it up with some fruit juice, then serve it to sailors for free as a gimmick to get them into his bar vs. others! The trick worked, but the joke’s on O’Brien because not only did they drink it – they liked it! The hurricane as we know it today was born.
The drink is still widely popular in New Orleans, and if you’re there, you’ll most likely see people carrying it around in plastic cups because carrying around glass cups are prohibited.
If you visit us at Razzoo’s Cajun Café, we can pretty much guarantee the best hurricane in Texas or North Carolina! It’s affectionately known as the Hurrycane on the Rocks, loaded with Bayou Select and Bayou Silver Rum, Don Q 151, grenadine, orange juice, and pineapple juice. It’s 22 oz. of fruit punch heaven, served in a hurricane glass with beads. What’s not to love?
See you this week at Razzoo’s Cajun Café – the best Cajun restaurant in Texas!