Tales of the Cocktail® 2014 Official Cocktail Competition
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Happy Mardi Gras from the Tales of the Cocktail® Team!

Announcing the Tales of the Cocktail®
2014 Cocktail Competition:

Taming the Hurricane

For the 2014 Cocktail Competition, Tales of the Cocktail® is getting back to its New Orleans roots by celebrating one of the city’s most renowned cocktails: The Hurricane. A legend of the French Quarter since the 1940s, the Hurricane has become a staple in bars around the world. Now we’re challenging bartenders to pay homage to this classic cocktail with their own creations.

The Hurricane hails from Pat O’Brien’s on Bourbon Street.  Whiskey was in short supply after WWII, while liquor distributors were overstocked in rum; their solution was to force bars to buy a case of rum with every Scotch purchase.  Legend has it that Pat O’Brien’s head bartender, Louis Culligan, came up with the Hurricane as a way to get rid of all that rum.  Culligan revealed his recipe to “Cabaret” magazine in 1956:  4 ounces of gold rum, the juice of 2 lemons, and 2 ounces of “Fassionola,” a brand of bottled red passion fruit mix.

How you reinterpret this drink for 2014 is up to you, but in order not to stray too far from the original concept, your recipe must follow these three rules:

  1. Your base spirits must include (but are not limited to) at least one rum.

  2. Your sweetening agents must include (but are not limited to) passion fruit.

  3. It doesn’t matter how you get there, but the color of your drink should be red -- or at least reddish, which is one of the hallmarks of the Hurricane.  So is the Hurricane’s signature curvaceous tall glass; bonus points for crafting a drink that looks good in one.


Jeff Berry

Ian Burrell

Wayne Curtis

Participating Products

Angostura Bitters

Angostura Rum

Appleton Estate Rum

BACARDI Superior Rum



Bayou Rum

Blue Chair Bay Rum

Boiron Freres

Cana Brava Rum

Diplomatico Rum

Don Q Rum

El Dorado Rum

Employees Only Grenadine

Fee Brother’s Bitters and Syrups

Giffard Liqueurs & Syrups

Goslings Rum

Gubba Rum

Leblon Cachaca

Papa’s Pilar Rum

Perfect Puree

Plantation Rum

Pusser’s Rum

Pyrat Rum

hum Clement

Rhum JM

Rougaroux Rum

Sailor Jerry Rum


Sugar Island Spiced and Coconut Rums

Wild Hibiscus & Hibiscus Rose Extracts

The winning recipes will receive the following:

  • First prize-winner will receive $1,000 cash and be the “Official Cocktail” of Tales of the Cocktail® 2014.
  • Official Cocktail will be in the Toast to Tales of the Cocktail® Press Conference and in the official program.

  • Winning recipes will be featured with photography in the Mutineer Magazine and Mutineer online publication.

  • Winning recipe will be featured in on and featured in the Tales of the Cocktail® newsletter which reaches over 20,000 readers.


Timeline for the Tales of the Cocktail® Official Cocktail Competition 2014:

Friday, April 24, 2014:  Deadline to submit recipes

Thursday, May 1, 2014:  Winner and top three announced

Click for the Official Rules

Enter the Official Cocktail Competition Now!
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