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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!)

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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.

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

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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!

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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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