history of the hurricane drink

Storms A’Brewin! – Tall Tales of the Hurricane Cocktail

“Storms a’brewin!”

 

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?

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See you this week at Razzoo’s Cajun Café – the best Cajun restaurant in Texas!

 

A Stormy Past: 3 Things You Didn’t Know About the Hurricane Cocktail

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!

Ready to try the best Hurricane in Texas? Visit us at Razzoo’s Cajun Café for a delicious Hurrycane and other Texas drink specials!

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