Our first family vacation as a family of four was nearly derailed by a wannabe hurricane, Tropical Storm Olga. She caused a power outage at New Orleans International Airport that persisted for hours. We had to make the decision to wait indefinitely for the power to come back on so we could continue with our plans to fly, or hop in the car and make the ten hour drive. Wanting to make the most of the time we had taken off for our vacation, we braved the road trip with our four year old and six month old rather than wait around the dark, crowded airport all day and potentially lose an entire day of travel.

In honor of entering the last month of hurricane season for the year (thanks for nothing, Olga!) and the first weekend after returning to work post-vacation, I present my version of a low carb Hurricane. The Pat O’Brien’s classic is a sugary sweet rite of passage in New Orleans. It’s fruity and STRONG. With some help from the hubby (who was a bartender in his past life), I came up with my rendition of this drink. It’s been years since I’ve had the real thing, but let’s be honest- if you’ve had one, you don’t remember how it tastes anyway! This is how I remember them (minus the sugar!):

Simple Syrup:
1/2 cup of water
1/4 cup Pyure sweetener or zero carb sweetener of choice

1. Mix water with Pyure in a microwave safe mug.
2. Microwave for one minute. Reserve for cocktails.
3. Refrigerate for up to one week.

Low Carb Hurricane:
3 oz dark rum
4 oz Crystal Light Fruit Punch
1 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz lime juice
1 orange

1. Fill glass with crushed ice.
2. Mix dark rum, fruit punch, simple syrup, and lime juice in a shaker with ice.
3. Pour into glass.
4. Garnish with orange slice.

The orange slice would be the ONLY ingredient that would contribute carbs to this drink. One whole orange is roughly 12 grams of net carbs. You may choose to squeeze some orange juice into your drink, or eat the orange slice. All depends on your carb goals. Hurricanes are notoriously dangerous… but making it zero carb?! Super dangerous. Enjoy responsibly!