WARNING: This drink will make you AWESOME in ways that you may not be prepared for. Tread carefully with the 151 (aka AB’s SRU knockout punch)…
Thirsty Thursday: The Intox-Detox Hurricane
It’s Thirsty Thirsty and we are back with another Intox-Detox spin on a classic cocktail. You see, here at Intox-Detox we know that artificial sweeteners, colors and sugars can make your hangover worse. While there is no true 100% hangover cure, (although we have a pretty bad ass product) the cumulative effect of doing a handful of things right can leave you feeling much better than you should the morning after a few drinks.
Last time we shared 5 Diet-Friendly cocktails, so check that out here… Today we are remaking the New Orleans classic with a couple of fresh, all-natural and lower-calorie/sugar twists…
The Hurricane Intox-Detox Style
1 oz Cruzan Light rum
1 oz Dark rum (we like Goslings Black Rum for a kick!)
1/2 oz Lime juice
1 oz Fresh-squeezed orange juice* (or Trop 50)
2 oz Bai Bubbles Jamaican Blood Orange
1 oz Vitamin Shoppe Acai juice
2 oz Zevia Strawberry (or any Bai beverage)
1/2 oz POM pomegranate juice
2-3 packs Truvia
Orange wedge and cherry garnish
*CEO Plan – Float 1 shot of Bacardi 151 and a 1/2 shot of Tillman Bada Bing Cherry Juice (BEWARE!) This variant actually officially makes it a “Bermuda Triangle Hurricane” – beware!
*Both Cruzan and Black Seal rums come highly recommended from SeriousEats.com
*Use different Bai and Zevia flavors to tweak and create different kinds of hurricanes!
Carbohydrates – 8
Sugars – 7 (entirely from juice)
Calories – 157
Compare that to the 32 grams of sugar and 339 calories you get from your normal hurricane. No wonder they got that name! Not only did we more than cut the calories in half, we cut the sugar by a fourth (using only sugars from fresh juices) and loaded the drink with the antioxidants that help your body fight the damaging free radicals from alcohol. And, you’re welcome! The only way it could get any better is if you take Intox-Detox before your first drink. Also, consider this option…
No and Very Low-Calorie and Sugar Options
For a lower-sugar version, simply replace all juices with Zevia flavors. For example, use Zevia Orange, Strawberry. Black Cherry or any of the rainbow of delicious flavors they offer. You can also use any of the Bai or Bai Bubbles drinks, which contain only 1 gram of sugar per drink. Replace the juice in the drink with these low and no-calorie options and then simply squeeze a wedge of fresh orange on top. Ask any bartender; fresh makes the best drinks.
This option makes the drink only 125 calories and far better for those looking to avoid all sugars.
Pour rum, lime and acai juice into a shaker. As for the orange juice, it’s best to squeeze it yourself. You don’t need a juicer (it would helps) or press. Do it the old school way and squeeze half an orange over your open palm with the fingers spread slightly and a bowl underneath. This way you can catch some of the pulp and seeds. You can always strain the final product if needed. We like pulp because it’s full of vitamin C and antioxidants; and when it comes to drinks fresher is always better. Optional: research “flavor packs” in the orange juice industry and you might invest in that juicer. In a pinch, you can use Trop 50 orange juice.
The last 3 ingredients create a grenadine substitute and there are many recipes out there that take forever. But I want my drink now! So combine the Zevia strawberry and POM in a coffee mug and heat for 15 to 20 seconds. Then stir in the Truvia until dissolved. Add the whole mix to the shaker with plenty of ice. Shaking the living hell out of the powder cold also works too! That’s my preferred method, rather than heating the liquids. Shake and strain into a large Hurricane glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with orange and cherry.
Enjoy with friends, preferably near a beach! Don’t forget to take your Intox-Detox!
Happy Thursday and stay #LIVERSTRONG!