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Let the Good Times Roll

Laurie Jordan

Mardi Gras is referred to as the greatest party on earth and is celebrated by millions of people around the world. It’s also known as Fat Tuesday which refers to the final evening that one is allowed to indulge in fatty, rich foods before the start of Lenten fasting.

Every year around this time I am reminded how much I would love to visit New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras – the colorful costumes, elegant masked balls, people dancing in the streets and huge parades, it all sounds like an amazing adventure. Maybe next year…

If you’re like me, then you’ve been trying to cut back from the December Holiday celebrations and eat healthier. Well, it’s been two long months. It’s time for a celebration! How about an icy cold Hurricane, a slice of Kings Cake, a steaming bowl of Gumbo or a yummy Moon Pie? Might I suggest throwing a little party? Invite all your pals and let the good times roll!

To plan the perfect Mardi Gras Party, I’d choose a color theme to coordinate all the dinnerware, cups and cutlery. I’d also encourage some extra fun decorations and party favors in the same color like deep jewel tones in green, purple and gold. The traditional Mardi Gras colors even have meaning. I understand that purple represents justice, green stands for faith, and gold signifies power.

I’m not much of a cook, so, if I were planning the party I’d cater in the food to ensure the party is a complete success. But, when it comes to mixing a perfect cocktail, I’m the expert!

Since Mardi Gras falls on a work day, I’m confident the party will wind down fairly early. But, most of all I want to ensure all my friends and family arrive home safely. I am going to mix up and serve yummy non-alcoholic Hurricanes. Make sure that you have a nice blender to give your drink a smooth consistency!

I’m going to share my favorite Hurricane recipe with you – I hope you enjoy it as much as my friends and I do. Cheers and I hope you have a fantastic Mardi Gras celebration.


The Big Easy Ultimate Hurricane

Makes one cocktail

2 ounces lemon juice

2 ounces passion fruit syrup – purchase bottled or create your own, the recipe is below

4 ounces dark rum (feel free to omit for a delicious non-alcoholic treat)

Place into an ice filled electric blender or hand-held cocktail mixer and shake well.

Strain mixture into a large, ice filled glass.

Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry or two


      Easy Passion Fruit Syrup

Mix equal parts of passion fruit puree, water and sugar.

Stir until sugar is totally dissolved.

Keeps refrigerated up to 3 days.

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