Cocktails to Enjoy While Waiting out Irene


Dark and Stormy

It’s sure to be ominious out there, so match the mood by drinking this deliciously dangerous concoction. Filled with ginger beer and rum, it’s a unique storm of sugar and spice.

How to make it:

Mix 2 ounces of dark rum and 4 ounces of ginger beer. Serve over cracked ice and top with a few squeezes of fresh lime.

Bahama Mama

Take a hint from Irene with a little taste of the Bahamas. Made with coffee, coconut and plenty of other ingredients, there’s no better way to channel calmer tropics than with this relaxing libation.

Mix 1/4 ounces of coffe liquer, 1/2 ounces of dark rum, 1/2 ounces of coconut liquer, 1/4 ounces of 151 proof rum, juice from 1/2 a lemon and 4 ounces of pineapple juice. Serve over cracked ice.


How could this not be No. 1? New Orleans’ famous Hurricane is chock-full of booze and sure to pack a punch while Irene pummels down outside.

How to make it:

Mix 1 1/2 ounces of light rum  and 1 1/2 ounces of dark rum.  Add 1 ounce of lime juice and 1 ounce of orange juice. Add 1/4 cup of passion fruit juice and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Shake it up until the sugar is dissolved. Add 1 teaspoon of grenadine and ice shake it up again. Half fill a cup with ice and strain into a glass. Garnish with an orange.


…But if you’re out of the eye, or bunked up somewhere safe, and just kind of sitting around, try these:

The Painkiller
Because Sailor Jerry is pretty shamelessly plugging a hurricane cocktail, but this one’s better.
• 2 oz. navy rum
• 2 oz. pineapple juice
• 1 oz. OJ
• 1 oz. coconut cream (that Vita Coco stuff is fine)
Add ice — lots of ice — then shake, strain into a Tom Collins glass, and throw a ton of nutmeg on top.

Milk Punch

Because it was probably invented on a boat.

• 2 oz. dark rum, or brandy, or whiskey
• 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
• 6 to 8 ounces milk
Stir well with cracked ice in a chilled cocktail shaker, then strain into large goblet or Collins glass. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

Sea Captain Special

Because it’ll make damn well sure you can’t show up to the office on Monday.
• 1 sugar cube (or 1/2 teaspoon loose sugar)
• 3 dashes Angostura bitters
• 1 club soda
• 2 1/2 ounces rye whisky (or bourbon)
• Brut champagne
• Absinthe
Put the sugar in an Old-Fashioned glass, put the bitters on top of it, along with a splash of club soda. Twirl it around, then add a big ice cube. Pour in the rye, then the champagne, then the absinthe.

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