Hurricanes for the Hurricane Party

In anticipation of Hurricane Irene smashing into Virginia Beach, we took in some refugees and invited some friends over to make the best of it.  Every good hurricane party serves Hurricanes!

Hurricane Cocktail
12 oz light rum
12 oz spiced rum
10 oz Rose’s lime juice
10 oz grenadine
10 oz orange juice
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher.  Serve over ice with a slice of orange.

Fruit Herbal Iced Tea

I spent the day at my girlfriend’s parent’s beach house last week.  I wanted to bring lunch, so I made my standard Chicken Salad– updated with slivered almonds and chopped hazelnuts, organic mayo, and a load of Herbes de Provence and a quick loaf of bread.  I dug through the pantry and freezer to see what kind of tea I could concoct.  What I came up with far exceeded my expectations.  I only hope that I can recreate it again!

Fruit Herbal Iced Tea


  • 14 bags Celestial Seasonings Lemon Zinger Tea
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 bag frozen mango
  • 1/2 bag frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup oj


  1. Brew and steep tea in 3 qts of water. 
  2. Dissolve 1 cup sugar into hot tea.
  3. Defrost frozen fruit in microwave until juices start to form and fruit turns mushy. 
  4. Pass through a food mill with the smallest disk .  Strain fruit juice into hot tea. 
  5. Add OJ and fill pitcher with ice. 
  6. Serve ice cold with a mint sprig.

Apple Orchard Punch

At the Boo-B-Q, I typically offer this non-alcoholic option.  It’s yummy!

Apple Orchard Punch
makes 24 4 oz. servings

1 cup orange juice
32 oz apple juice, chilled
12 oz can frozen cranberry juice cocktail concentrate
6 cups ginger ale, chilled
1 red apple, uncored, thinly sliced

Combine juices in a large punch bowl, stirring to combine.  At serving time, add ginger ale and float apple slices on top.