Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bon Appétit: Passion Fruit Syrup and The Gumbo Pages: Hurricane Cocktail

I have a friend who is a pretty darn good home bartender, so I'm always thinking up drinks I want to try.  Especially if they're fruity and girly and make him roll his eyes.  This just passed muster due to the fact that some people go to Pat O'Brien's on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.  And that's it for their trip.  Warning: these are ridiculously strong.  And the passion fruit syrup is NOT optional.

Passion Fruit Syrup
From Bon Appétit magazine, May 2006

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
½ cup passion fruit pulp (from 4 to 7 ripe passion fruits)

Combine all ingredients in a heavy small saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.  Reduce heat to low; simmer until syrup is reduced to 1½ cups, about 15 minutes.  Strain through a fine sieve into a small bowl, cover, and chill.  Can be made 2 days ahead.  Keep chilled.

Hurricane Cocktail
From The Gumbo Pages blog

1½ ounces light rum
1½ ounces dark rum
½ ounce Bacardi 151
1 ounce fresh orange juice
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
2 ounces passion fruit syrup
1 teaspoon real pomegranate grenadine

Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled Hurricane glass or tiki glass.  Garnish with a "flag" made of an orange slice and a cherry on a cocktail pick.

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