Better Cocktails At Home: "The Hurricane is a classic New Orleans tiki cocktail. The story goes that the drink originated in the 1940s at Pat O'Brien's because the bar had too much rum and needed to create a drink to use all of it. The old recipe calls for dark rum, lemon, and passion fruit syrup. Depending on the rum you use, this is a fairly sweet drink. The dark rum makes the drink have a brownish color.
"For the 2014 Tales of the Cocktail competition, entries had to be a take on the classic Hurricane. Knowing that I wanted to retain the color and major flavors of the drink, I ended up creating the Bittered Hurricane.
"I love using large amounts of Angostura in cocktails and this was a perfect fit. I'm really happy with how this drink turned out even if I didn't win. It's great any time of year, but especially good if you want to make the best Hurricane cocktail for Mardi Gras."