Saturday, August 27, 2011


Now, for the true Methodique Boisson! So, there is much debate over just what the fuck a hurricane is. Enter Science. Now we aren't going to prove anything...or probably even learn much (at least not that we remember)...but we WILL find the version of a hurricane that I like best

If you want to learn (a tiny bit) more about the hurricane, I will lead you to the website of the bar that made it famous, and then proceeded to famously bastardize it. That's right. The parents of the drink mix weren't married when the mix was conceived. Seems Sciencey.

The basics:
Rum- Bacardi Superior (white), The Kraken Black Spiced Rum, and Bacardi 151
Juices- orange, unsweetened grapefruit, pineapple, cherry Kool-aid, and tropical punch Kool-aid (in Science, Kool-aid is juice)
Garnish- Oranges, lemons, limes, grenadine, maraschino cherries
The KEY (apparently)- Passion fruit syrup (in most recipes, in all seemingly quality recipes, often cited as the defining ingredient)

The Caveat:
Passion fruit syrup is hard to come by when you decide (while at work) Friday to make hurricanes all day Saturday. Especially in the particular locale in which I find myself. As such, improvisation is necessary. I came up with two substitutes, which may get combined at some point: 1 Qt. passion fruit juice reduced by half with approximately 1/2 cup sugar in it, and a pint of passion fruit sorbet (limited additional ingredients, no dairy) melted. Adventures in Science!

The logical place to start seems to be the "Hurricane Cocktail," seems to be the origin or basis the others stem from...also seems not to have a (real) recipe. You can find some...but they often have mixers or other things that suggest they are not really cocktails. The best description I have found was "rum, passion fruit syrup, and lemon juice." Seems authentic, and I think I like the puzzle of only being given an ingredients list with no proportions or instructions.

With no further ado:

It got too big, because I was tinkering, but here were the proportions:

4 oz. White rum
4 oz. Dark rum
4 oz. Passion fruit goo (in this case melted sorbet...only after making the drink did I notice that the top layer of the sorbet was foam, with a syrup this one was made with sorbet foam...whatever that means)
Juice of half a lemon

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.

The result...mixed. The color is odd (due to bright yellow passion fruit and black rum), it is super foamy (ummm...probably because I shook sorbet foam over ice? SCIENCE!)...but it tastes delicious! Light, bright, fruity and fun! A bit much to drink all night, but damn tasty.

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