Happy Independence Day!


Independence Day marks the separation of the American colonies from Great Britain in 1776 (history.com).  It was debatable amongst the forefathers of this country if our Independence Day was the day the Continental Congress met and voted for independence on July 2nd ,or if it was the day the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th.  John Adams, for instance, believed that July 2nd would be celebrated by future generations with a “great anniversary festival” including “pomp and parade, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other” (history.com).


Although he may have gotten the actually holiday date wrong, our celebrations are carried out in a manner he suggested and begin as early as the 1st of July.  Despite the warm muggy East Coast weather or the dry and overbearing heat to the West, this seasons festivities are already in full swing.  Families and friends are already enjoying BBQ’s, fireworks, and parades, and everyone will need a patriotic way to cool down.  So toss in the red, white, and blue cordial shots for this frosty Rocket Daiquiri and toast to your freedom!


Just in case you need some fun facts for your party guests, see if you can stump them with this question.  Why are there always less blue fireworks than other colors?  Well the answer boils down to cost.  To make a blue firework it requires a copper compound, which is not only more costly than calcium found in orange or the lithium found in red, but it is also more unstable at high temperatures (chemistry.com).

Now bust out your blenders and enjoy!

1 oz light rum

¼ oz lime juice

2 oz strawberry puree or about 4-5 strawberries + ½ oz simple syrup


Blend this until smooth and pour into the bottom third of a hurricane glass.

1 oz light rum

1 oz pineapple juice

2 oz coconut milk


Blend this until smooth and pour into gently to layer for a third of a hurricane glass on top of the strawberry layer.

1 oz light rum

1 oz blue Curacao

2 oz sweet and sour mix


Blend this until smooth and pour gently to layer on top of the pina coloda until the glass is full.

If you don’t have a hurricane glass, just use whatever large glass is available.  The effect will be the same and taste equally delicious!


By Krystle Turkington for www.HappyHourPal.com



Here’s to Another Stormy Season!

Hurricane season has just begun, so before it gets into full swing why not toast to the impending storms?


In the 1940’s, Pat O’Brien’s bar in New Orleans became renowned for their signature drink the Hurricane (patobriens.com).  Since then there has been several variations on the cocktail, but it has still maintained its potent integrity.  I have listed two different mixes below to enjoy.  One that is dark and ominous like the winds right of the eye and another to savor after the worst has past.


The Dark and Ominous Hurricane

2oz light rum

2oz passion fruit juice

1oz orange juice

½ oz lemon juice

¼ oz simple syrup

¼ oz grenadine

3 oz dark rum*

Add light rum, juices, simple syrup and grenadine to a shaker with ice.  Once mixed pour into a hurricane glass, like in the image above, and top with the dark rum.  You can choose to garnish this however you like.  I personally like to pick a fruit in the mix and pair it with a cherry.

*Because this is such a sweet cocktail I prefer to use dark spiced rum, such as Kraken, that adds a depth to the flavor.


1 oz spiced rum

½ oz amaretto

3 oz light rum

2 oz pineapple juice

1 oz grapefruit juice

1 oz orange juice

½ oz lime juice

½ oz agave nectar

Add all the ingredients to a shaker with ice.  Pour into a hurricane glass.  If you like to give your drink a layered effect, sink a splash of grenadine.  Again, you can choose to garnish this however you like.

If mixing all these juices is not up your alley and you would still like to make a delicious hurricane stop by patobriens.com and purchase their house mix.  Then all you have to do is add your choice of alcohol.

Or if fruity concoctions are not your favorite, then toast with a dark and stormy!  Here’s my recipe.


Dark and Stormy

2 oz dark rum*

½ oz lime juice

¼ oz elixir g


Add rum lime juice and elixir g to a shaker with ice.  Pour into a highball glass and top with a press, which is equal parts sprite and club soda.  You could replace the press and elixir g with a good ginger beer as well, such as gosling’s or reeds.

*For this drink I recommend dark rum with vanilla and citrus undertones to add depth of flavor and compliment the touch of citrus in the cocktail.  I personal favorite is Koloa dark rum.  For information on where to purchase it go to koloarum.com.


So, no matter where you are, when the weather starts to look menacing, curl up with one of these cocktails that will guaranteed send your head spinning while you wait out to storm.

By Krystle Turkington