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TOTC Hunkers Down as Hurricane Caesar Blows into Town

We’re still two weeks away from the official start of hurricane season, but the mixology mavens at Tales of the Cocktail are giving us reason to celebrate one of New Orleans’ most vaunted drinks, the Hurricane. This year’s Official Cocktail Competition winner is Joe Cammarata, a bartender at Backbar, in Sommerville, Massachusetts. Camarrata’s Hurricane Caesar was selected as the best of over 240 recipe submissions from around the globe.


The yearly Official Cocktail Competition was judged this year by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, Ian Burrell, and Wayne Curtis, each known for their expertise in the cocktail and Tiki worlds. Speaking of Cammarata’s winning cocktail, Wayne Curtis said, “The Hurricane Caesar is an appropriately creative updating of a New Orleans classic. The West Indies, New England, and Europe all conspire to produce a summer-worthy drink.” The rules of the contest stipulated that each recipe must have rum as its base and include passion fruit.


When asked about his inspiration for the drink, Cammarata replied, “I created the Hurricane Caesar on the Ides of March for a drink of the day at Backbar. The idea was to capture Caesar’s stabbing on the Senate floor. Adding the Campari to the drink adds a beautiful balance with the tropical fruit as well as it represents Caesar’s blood.”


Are you ready to try a bloody good hurricane? Follow Cammarata’s recipe below:


Hurricane Caesar





1.5 oz. Bacardi 8 Rum

1.0 oz. Rhum Clement V.S.O.P.

1.0 oz. Passion Fruit- Honey Syrup (2 parts Dafruta Passion Fruit Concentrate: 1 part Clover Honey; 1 part water)

0.75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

0.50 Orgeat Syrup (Recipe from Beachbum Berry Remixed)

0.50 oz. Campari



Combine all ingredients except Campari in Boston Shaker and shake with ice. Strain into Hurricane glass and top with crushed ice. Top with 0.50 oz. of Campari and serve with straws.



Garnish with grated nutmeg and a metal sword skewer stabbing a maraschino cherry through a lime wheel.

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