Football, Gumbo, and Hurricanes FTMFW

The Saints played the Niners in a playoff game in San Francisco, so as denizens of this city & people who appreciate New Orleans food and culture, there was only one thing to do: invite friends over to watch the game, eat gumbo, and drink hurricanes. My husband, Pat, made the gumbo (all from scratch: homemade andouille, seafood broth, roux, okra, crabs, chicken, shrimp – the works!) and I mixed up the cocktails. Because that’s how we roll.

For the record, I found this really awesome hurricane recipe on It’s not the original recipe, but it’s damn tasty. And insanely strong – almost 6 ounces of alcohol. This is one drink that should last awhile! Good thing we had a few hours to spare. :)

Hurricane Recipe (from
1 oz vodka
1/4 oz grenadine syrup
1 oz gin
1 oz light rum
1/2 oz Bacardi® 151 rum
1 oz amaretto almond liqueur
1 oz triple sec
grapefruit juice
pineapple juice

Pour all but the juices, in order listed, into a hurricane glass three-quarters filled with ice. Fill with equal parts of grapefruit and pineapple juice, and serve.

The slight layering effect looks pretty when served, but it ends up mixing fairly well because the alcohol floats up to the top (since it’s got a lower density than the juices). Oh, and I recommend making up your own grenadine, rather than using the fake corn syrup stuff. It’s easy and so much tastier!

Homemade Grenadine
2 parts pomegranate juice
1.5-2 parts sugar (depending on how sweet you want it!)

Mix the pomegranate juice and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a low simmer, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. That’s it!

I usually make up a bunch and store it in a sealed glass container in the fridge. The shelf life is comparable to simple syrup.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any shots of the gumbo or hurricanes – we were too busy being social & watching the game – but after the Niners’s victory, we headed to the roof to celebrate & take some photos. I snagged a couple of shots of my friends Jenny and Carolyn goofing around:

… and Pat took this photo of me:

I was wearing a comfy jersey red dress and golden necklace & bracelet in honor of the Niners, of course. :)

Then Jenny decided to make her directorial debut and posed me for this shot:

Basically, we had a great time fooling around while we enjoyed the gorgeous sunset behind Twin Peaks. Cheers to that!

Dress: The Way You Look Tonight Dress, BB Dakota via ModCloth
Cardigan: Keep it Simple Cardigan in Black via ModCloth
Shoes: Hot for Hemlock Heel in Crimson, Chelsea Crew via ModCloth
Tights: Hue
Necklace: Kate Spade

5 thoughts on “Football, Gumbo, and Hurricanes FTMFW

    • Thank you! I have to say there are some pretty brilliant sunsets around here – though sometimes I miss the intense pink ones you see on the East coast (I think it’s a humidity thing).

      Maybe hurricanes when we do nails & all that jazz?


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