Hurricane (Pat O's mix version)
Fill hurricane glass to the top with cracked ice. Mix both rums and Pat O'Brien's Hurricane Mix together thoroughly. Pour this mixture into the hurricane glass. Pack additional cracked ice on top if needed. Insert two 10 inch straws. Garnish with an orange and a maraschino cherry.
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After talking to numerous bartenders at several Pat O'Brien's, this is the closest way to get a Pat O'Brien's hurricane at home the way it tastes there. I don't really drink these anymore because they are too sweet. But if you are in the modd for one, read on.
They have their own brands of 80 proof and 151 proof rum. The rum appears to be aged as it has some color but I would guess it is no older than 2-3 years (if that). The ratio of four ounces of rum to four ounces of mix is not in doubt. But Pat O's bartenders contradict each other on which kind of rum goes in.
Some bartender's claim it is four ounces of 151 and others say it is all or mostly 80 proof. Upon examining their house rum, and doing some strength testing, this is recipe is what I have come up with to get as close as possible to the Hurricane you'll get at Pat O'Brien's.
The most important thing about this drink is to use cracked ice, and a lot of it. If you watch them make it at Pat O's, they're packing ice in the glass when they make a hurricane. This is because this drink needs some ice to melt to balance the intense sweetness of the mix. Also, if you don't have a 28 ounce hurricane glass, use a glass of comparable size. You need 18 or so ounces of cracked ice floating around in this drink.
You can try higher quality rums, but I'm not sure that it's worth it. The mix covers up the rum quite a bit.