TGIF: New Orleans Special

Have you been to New Orleans?  I have!  ONCE! It was with my parents and my little sis. I was only 12 years old.  I remember going to dinner at Brennan’s, this super fancy restaurant where the men were required to wear a suit jacket to be seated!  Well… my family and I had been traveling the USA in our tiny motor-home so no, my dad did not have anything fancier than a Hawaiian shirt and his Sperry Topsiders!  So, he borrowed a jacket (I guess if the restaurant requires something, they have a few extras on-hand?!  Who knew?!  I wonder if they had any shoes or shirts to borrow in the back? Just kiddin.) 🙂

On this trip, I remember tasting jambalaya for the first time and falling in LOVE with the most mouthwatering powdered dessert I had ever tasted!  I remember thinking, “Why don’t we have beignets in California?!!!!”  They are a-maz-ing.  One thing I did NOT do is “earn any beads” 😉 and I didn’t get to ENJOY that tasty New Orleans beverage, served in that beautiful glass called the Hurricane.

After the snowstorm we had in the Northwest this week, I was craving something tropical that would bring me back to that time in New Orleans. Today, I was literally volunteering at the school all day!  I arrived when school started, organized art supplies, taught “The Art of India” to 2nd graders and then again to 5th graders (wow…two totally different mindsets!).  I was finally able to scoot home at 2pm to grab a little lunch, check emails and then headed back to pick up my kiddo’s.  By 3:30pm, I was in NEEEED of a little “…Calgon-take-me-away!!!!”  This beverage did just the trick. 🙂

The Drink

Serves 2 (or one lucky person to have an actual Hurricane glass and no where to go!!! Ha!)


The Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup spiced rum
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • splash of grenadine
  • 2 slices of a cutie
  • 2 maraschino cherries

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

Add spiced rum and dark rum.


Add orange juice, pineapple juice and a splash of grenadine.


Place the cap on the shaker, wrap with a towel and shake and shake and shake.

Fill two glasses half way with crushed ice.

Pour mixture over ice.

Garnish and serve!


As simple as that!

Now I’ll be sipping these little tasty treats while microwaving my family a little bean and cheese burritos for dinner, cuz’ that’s how I’m rollin’ today!

I hope y’all have yourself a very merry TGIF!


xo, Melissa


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