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How to Make the Perfect Hurricane for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in St. Louis is coming and my feathers are already ruffled. I’m ready to make a big cock-a-doodle-doo this year, and I’ve got two ideas for you. One involves staying home and drinking the perfect hurricane. And the other, well, you’ll see me.

Idea One: The Perfect Hurricane

We might be a bit far to the north, but New Orleans’s trademark drink tastes good here in Missouri. So, come on in to Dirt Cheap, and grab some supplies. You’ll need beads. More beads. Even more beads. And some booze.

The perfect hurricane starts with a hurricane glass. It’s like a cross between a pint glass and a wine glass, pinched in the middle with a short stem. I’ve got ’em. Once you have that, you’ll want some dark rum, light rum and fruit juice and syrup. With those, you can make your own little taste of Mardi Gras in St. Louis.

Here’s the best part… You get to experiment. The perfect hurricane always has two things — two ounces of light rum and two ounces of dark rum. On top of those, you’ll want to add four or so ounces of fruit juice or syrup. Two ounces of lemon juice and two of passion fruit syrup is an option. Another is grenadine and lime juice.  Others use an ounce of orange juice, an ounce of lemon juice and two ounces of passion fruit syrup. You get the idea. If it isn’t sweet enough for your Mardi Gras in St. Louis celebration, add a half ounce of simple syrup.

Or, you could do the easy-easy, cheap-cheap and fun-fun way and just buy a bottle of pre-made hurricane cocktail mix. I’ve got those for when you want great drinks without any chance of clucking up.

Whatever you choose, mix the booze and the mix or juice together then pour them into the glass with some ice. If you’re feeling fancy, throw in a maraschino cherry or put an orange slice on the glass for garnish. Take a sip, and I promise you’ll crow with joy.

Idea Two: Party With Me

For me and a couple thousand of my closest friends, Mardi Gras in St. Louis means one thing — the Bud Light Party Tent. Held right in the middle of the party in Soulard Market Park, the party tent has beads, all-you-can-eat food, beer and cocktails. There’s only one way to get into the tent, though. You’re going to need a ticket. Don’t worry, though. I got a bunch, and I’ll sell ’em to you. In fact, even if the “official” people are sold out, trust the chicken. Come on down to Dirt Cheap, and get some from my special stash. That way, you won’t lay an egg.

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