The Origin of the Traditional New Orleans Hurricane

The New Orleans hurricane drink dates to the 1940s, when a bar owner needed to get rid of his stock of unpopular rum. He concocted a strong but sweet and fruity drink and put it in a cocktail glass shaped like a hurricane lamp, according to Nola.com, the website for the “The Times-Picayune” newspaper. More recently, some in New Orleans have taken to kicking off the new year with a hurricane toast to Mother Nature to ward off bad weather or indulging in the drink to celebrate the end of hurricane season.

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