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Mardi Gras season is almost upon us, and in celebration, Applebee’s will be selling Hurricanes for just $1. The promotion begins Feb. 1 and will last the entire month right on through to Fat Tuesday on March 5.
The chain’s Neighborhood Drink of the Month comes in a 10-ounce mug and mixes rum, passion fruit, orange, black cherry and lime juices. To make it extra festive, it’s garnished with a masked stirrer or Mardi Gras beads.
“The Hurricane cocktail is a classic rum drink with close ties to New Orleans and Mardi Gras,” Patrick Kirk, vice president of beverage innovation at Applebee’s, said in a statement. “A Dollar Hurricane is a great reason to celebrate the season and from now until March 5, Applebee’s is going to ‘party like it’s Mardi.’”
Even if you don’t live in an area of the country that commonly celebrates Mardi Gras, you can still get in the spirit by visiting one of the restaurant chain’s locations.
The Hurricane was originally created by Pat O’Brien’s Bar in New Orleans as a way to get rid of extra rum from liquor distributors. The drink caught on and has become a signature cocktail of the city as well as a staple drink of Mardi Gras celebrations everywhere.
The Hurricane isn’t the only fruity libation Applebee’s has to offer. They’re also serving up the Mucho Shark Bowl, a frozen concoction served in an oversized goblet and garnished with a gummy shark. It consists of Captain Morgan rum and has a tropical taste and a blue hue.
Check it out in the photo posted to the company’s Instagram:
These fun cocktails have arrived at the perfect time, right when the winter blahs are settling in for many. Between the two new drinks, you can escape to a tropical destination (at least for happy hour), even if it’s cold enough for frost quakes in your neighborhood. Cheers!