Saturday, February 25, 2006

Happy Mardi Gras!!!

Congratulations to the City of New Orleans for pullin' this one off, boy howdy! I know that there are plenty of folks who think very little of the folks who are down there enjoying themselves despite the devastation that surrounds them but, hey... If you can't throw a good party you really have given up, haven't you? I believe that this is a huge step in the right direction for a town that still has a lot of huge steps ahead of it.

And, so, tonight I celebrate New Orleans.

What's That I'm Drinking? The Hurricane

Sadly... Tonight's cocktail is the product of a mix I purchased at the local grocery and, though it's pretty darn tasty, it does taste like a cocktail made from a mix. In case you can't find it at your grocer you can find Hurricane Mix here: Better yet... Make your Hurricane from scratch.

2 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
2 oz. Passion Fruit Syrup
4 oz. Dark Jamaican (Myers) Rum

Shake all ingredients and pour into 20 oz. Hurricane glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with Orange Slice and Maraschino Cherry. Have Fun!

Note: The "Have Fun!" at the end of the recipe is an actual requirement. It appears at the end of the instructions on the back of the mix package as well as on the backs of the 20 oz. Hurricane Glasses (like the one in the photo) that you get at Pat O'Brien's restaurant in NOLA, where the drink was created.

What's That I'm Listening To? Mama Roux

"Mama Roux" from Doctor John's first album, Gris-Gris (1968). To this day, Mac Rebennack is the one New Orleans artist (out of, probably, thousands in just the Music category) who most perfectly sums up the feel and the vibe of the city in just about every single thing he does. Click here and you can listen to it too...

Note that downloading the file may require a few clicks. Hey! It's a FREE SONG, for Pete's sake!

You can purchase the entire album at your Local Record Store or, if necessary, here...

What's That I'm Lookin' At? Since we can't be in New Orleans (or since we aren't, at least) we can go to for a glimpse of what we're missing.

What's That I'm Thinking!?! Hmmmmmmmmmmmm... I dunno. Just gonna use this as a place to sit and think and drink and share. If you wanna hang out with me you are cordially invited.