Mardi Gras 2020

Sip, sip hooray! Fat Tuesday is coming up and you don’t want to miss Ja Rule at Centennial Park in Fort Myers on February 25th, 2020.

Not only can you jam out to the music, but you can do this all while sipping on a Hurricane cocktail. I am sure you are wondering what even is a Hurricane drink? I am here to give you the scoop!

The Hurricane cocktail is a Mardi Gras tradition that originated in New Orleans at the famous Pat O’Brien’s bar. The drink came about when the bar’s liquor distributors forced O’Brien to purchase large amounts of rum before he could get his hands on any whiskey that was a hit with his customers.

Since he now had a surplus of rum, he had to figure out a way to sell it and sell it fast. He mixed the rum with passionfruit juice and added in a hint of lemon juice. He then served it in a glass that looked like a “hurricane lamp,” ultimately getting its iconic name of the Hurricane drink, according to

Now that we know the history of the drink, it’s understandable that no Fat Tuesday party would be complete without this drink mixture.

Lucky for you, this drink will be served at the Ja Rule concert and you can also enjoy happy hour from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

If you are feeling extra excited you can create this drink at home! Here is the recipe to recreate the famous cocktail that will put you in the Mardi Gras spirit. Click here for more information on the drink.

Hurricane Cocktail

  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 2 ounces passion fruit syrup
  • 1-ounce grenadine
  • 1-ounce lemon juice
  • 1-ounce orange juice
  • Orange slice for garnish
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish

Now, if you haven’t purchased tickets for the biggest Fat Tuesday party ever, you can click here.

You definitely don’t want to miss the kind of hurricane that you can get excited for in SWFL!

Katherine Viloria is Beasley Media Group's Fort Myers Digital Content Manager. She loves to write, snap photos, and watch Grey's Anatomy. Connect with her on Instagram @alittlethisalittlekat