The Hurricane is potable proof that necessity is, indeed, the mother of invention. When faced with a glut of rum in the 1940s, New Orleans bar owner Benson “Pat” O’Brien came up with a brilliant solution: design a rum-heavy cocktail. It worked; the Hurricane—named for the glass in which it was served, which resembled a hurricane lamp—was a hit. Originally a mix of four ounces of rum, passion fruit syrup and lemon juice, the cocktail was bastardized with sweet-sugary mixes over the years. But our take on the classic version is fruity, tart and refreshing. It’s perfect for a hot summer day or anytime, really.
Think of Planter’s Punch as a choose-your-own-tropical-adventure of a cocktail. The original Caribbean recipe called for a mix of rum, lime juice, sugar and some added spice, but over the years, bartenders and island communities have made the bright and boozy drink their own, using native fruit juices and signature blends of rums and spices. We p...