If you have never had a low carb Hurricane cocktail you have missed out on a delicious dark rum drink with a fruity taste and a reddish punch color. Some would even call them an adult fruit punch, but do not be deceived, they are potent. The Hurricane reminds us of vacation, the beach, and New Orleans. We have not made them recently since our low-carb lifestyle would be challenged by a sugary drink. However, we now make a low-carb alternative that tastes just like the original. It contains no sugar and is delicious. A perfect low-carb cocktail!
It has been over 9 years since we visited New Orleans. It is amazing how time passes so quickly – but memories remain forever. We had such a wonderful vacation in New Orleans. We were not living a low-carb lifestyle back then so indulging in Beignets (square dough, fried, and covered with powdered sugar) was part of the allure. Barbecue Jumbo Shrimp, Char-broiled Parmesan Oysters at Drago’s, breaded Shrimp Po’Boy sandwiches, and plenty of Gumbo – we devoured the unique New Orleans cuisine!
One of our favorite memories was spending our evenings at Pat O’Brien’s in the French Quarter listening to the dueling pianos or dining outside on the patio by the flaming fountain. Sipping on the famous New Orleans Hurricane Rum Cocktail at Pat O’Brien’s is a “bucket list” item, for sure. Joanie even has two souvenir hurricane glasses from Pat O’Brien’s that we have pictured in our post. It may seem touristy, but that is not a bad thing – the memory will last and last!.
Pat O’Brien’s officially opened in 1933, but the story is told that prior to that it was a “speakeasy” during prohibition. The password to enter was “storm’s brewin.” Clearly, this is where the Hurricane got its name. It is also said that it was invented during the war when rum was plentiful and whiskey was not in great supply. Supposedly, a drink was needed to use up the cheap rum. The fruity punch-like concoction was invented and became a favorite of locals, sailors, and tourists.
The original recipe calls for two types of rum – light and amber. Keeping a 50-50% ratio is similar to most recipes you find and will maintain the expected color. If you prefer you can go a bit heavier on the dark rum. We use Kaniche XO from Barbados in our rum drinks and have written about it in our Pina Colada post. It has a wonderful taste. Lime juice is essential to the recipe, use fresh. It makes all the difference.
We replace the sugar with 4 drops of Liquid Stevia or 1 drop of EZ Sweetz. You will have to try the different amounts and adjust to your taste. Liquid Stevia would be our choice to start with since adding a drop more or less is easier. An extra drop of EZ Sweetz will be a large increase in sweetness. Regardless of your choice, this is where the carbs are really cut.
In place of fruit, which will also add carbs, we use water enhancers. Fruit punch water enhancer is a must. We also add a small amount of passion fruit enhancer and a very small amount of orange extract. These are also readily found at any market. They contain no carbs!
Preparing our low-carb Hurricane could not be easier. Just put all of the ingredients in a shaker. Add ice and shake well. You can use any glass, but we found smaller Hurricane glasses at Amazon. They are great for many of our tropical drinks and make a special presentation. We just felt it was right to serve a Hurricane in a hurricane glass. They are shaped after the classic hurricane oil lamps. Garnish should be a slice of orange and a cherry.
You can travel to New Orleans for an original Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane Cocktail or visit their other locations in Orlando and San Antonio. Or you can sit back at home, dream about the beignets you cannot have, and enjoy our low-carb version of the Hurricane Cocktail! The finished cocktail is a prefect party drink – try one tonight and invite a friend. Do not wait for Mardi Gras! If you have visited New Orleans you will recognize the taste of our low-carb Hurricane and celebrate that it is truly Tasty Low Carb!
Low Carb Hurricane Cocktail
- Place all of the ingredients in a shaker.
- Add ice and shake until blended. Pour into a Hurricane glass and garnish with a cherry and orange wedge.