All hurricanes are not created equally. The original hurricane drink was crafted in New Orleans. This is one drink where the taste depends on who makes it. Last month I got a chance to try out Ida Claire’s version of this signature drink. Be sure to check out my review of the Pearfect 75 I tried that same day too. I didn’t know what to expect with the hurricane. Nevertheless, I felt adventurous to try something new. The Ida Claire offering of the hurricane comes in a smaller glass than I’m used to. However, as the saying goes, big things come in small packages.
First, let’s recap the ingredients. Ida Claire smoothly avoids revealing which brand of rums are included on the drink menu. The establishment opts to list a “trio of rums”, passion fruit, cranberry, orange juice, grenadine simple and lime. Sounds good enough, right? This hurricane is sweeter than most of the ones I’ve tasted. However, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Ida Claire does a stellar job of mixing the drink just right, to be able to taste all of the flavors. I wasn’t prepared for the buzz that was soon to come though.
I only had one of the hurricanes. The alcohol content was strong though. Exercise caution when tasting this drink. Trust me, it will sneak up on you. Make sure to at least pair this with an appetizer. I recommend the crawfish beignets. Ida Claire wins here for a unique spin on an old favorite. The drink gives just enough of a sweet taste, with a smooth mixture. If you’re a fan of hurricanes, I’m sure you will enjoy this one.