When I saw that the local organic farm’s crop of blackberries was ready all I could think about was creating a Blackberry Hurricane to enjoy with friends on these hot summer weekends.
So, I have to admit, I have been converted. My two previous trips to New Orleans had me enjoying my Hurricanes solely from Pat O’Briens. They are the originators and their Hurricane is the iconic libation of New Orleans, powdered mix or not. This most recent trip I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried a Hurricane at another establishment in the Quarter, fully unsure of what to expect. My expectations were low, fully expecting a drink made with an off brand drink mix with inferior flavor and nothing but syrupy sweetness. My expectations were shattered with a drink that was exploding with brightness, fueled by the juices of fresh fruit. That first sip I was converted. Now mind you, I still went back to Pat’s to get my daily Hurricane fix, but far more enjoyed the fresh variations that could be found at many of the other establishments dotting the Quarter.
One little trinket I brought back from New Orleans was a bottle of Satsuma Rum I purchased while in the gift shop of the Oak Alley Plantation. I bought it to try it, but just didn’t know what to make with it. Once home, I found that the local crop of berries were in full swing and was immediately inspired to combine the Satsuma Rum with the fresh berries to create my very own Blackberry Hurricane. And I am sooooo glad I did. I made myself very happy with this concoction and I am sure you will enjoy it as well. If you don’t have any Satsuma Rum, just substitute with the more traditional dark rum typically found in Hurricanes.
The first step is to make the blackberry juice. What I did was blend 2 cups of fresh and cleaned blackberries with a half cup of water and a quarter cup of sugar. Strain the liquid to remove the seeds and set aside. This should make enough blackberry juice for about 5 Blackberry Hurricanes. Now squeeze a few fresh, limes collecting the juice.
If you have bartenders jiggers, measure out the various fruit juices into the jiggers and fill your drink and shaker glasses with ice.
Add the fruit juices to the shaker glass and measure out your rums.
Add rums to the shaker glass, top and shake for 30 seconds. Bop top off shaker and strain drink into iced 14 ounce pilsner glass. This recipe and about 4 ice cubes will bring the drink very close to the top. Garnish drink with the orange and lime slice, maraschino cherry and fresh blackberry.
Don’t be shy. Invite a few friends over, squeeze a bunch of limes and shake up a storm. The recipe below can be adjusted for more or less. If you plan on making a bunch of drinks throughout the day, pre-mix the juices into a pitcher and add the rums to the shaker with the pre-mixed juice. Do be careful though, these Hurricanes pack a punch. Enjoy………..responsibly.
- 2 ounces White Rum
- 2 ounces Rum
- 2 ounces Blackberry Juice
- 1.5 ounces Orange Juice
- 1 ounce Grenedine Syrup
- 1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
- 1 each Marachino Cherry garnish
- 1 each Orange Wheel garnish
- 1 each Blackberry garnish
Make Blackberry juice by pureeing 2 cups of fresh blackberries, 1/2 cup of water and 1/4 cup white sugar. Strain juice to remove seeds. Add additional water if juice seems too thick.
Pour both rums, blackberry juice, orange juice, lime juice and grenadine into shaker filled with ice and shake for 30 seconds.
Strain libation from shaker into glass of choice filled with ice.
Garnish with orange and lime slices, maraschino cherry and fresh blackberry. Enjoy!