For anyone unfamiliar with "Hurricane Ella," she is a force to be reckoned with. Miss Ella started managing restaurants at the age of 18 in the 1940's, which was unheard of as a woman. After the sudden death of her older brother, who had mentored her in the restaurant business, the Brennan family leveraged all of their finances and homes to be able to build the Brennan's on Royal Street. Miss Ella and her siblings slowly built that concept into one of the most successful operations in the French Quarter, largely due to the idea of "Breakfast at Brennan's." Miss Ella and her siblings would go on to take over the Garden District mansion, Commander's Palace. The first reviews were dreadful, but it wasn't long before she was able to bring in soon-to-be talents like Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse, whom she mentored and turned into some of the first celebrity chefs. Miss Ella's exacting standards and unwavering expectations were what developed Commander's Palace into a world-class dining establishment and has earned a total of six James Beard awards — including a Lifetime Achievement on behalf of Miss Ella.
There are so many things to honor Miss Ella for, including the creation of jazz brunch, Bananas Foster, and the revolution of haute Creole cuisine.
I am excited to celebrate Miss Ella as an iconic woman for the Marie Brizard #Toasttoherstory
competition. Playing on her handle “Hurricane Ella” I have made a twist on the classic cocktail invented at Pat O’Brien’s on Bourbon Street whereas no conversation about the “Big Easy” is complete without including these two New Orleanian icons. This cocktail features Marie Brizard’s passion fruit syrup which showcases the classic Caribbean flavor of this cocktail; amending the recipe with Marie Brizard’s Blue Curacao gives this cocktail the iconic “Commander’s Blue” hue which is so easily identified with the “Garden District Culinary Mecca.” “Hurricane Ella”
1 1/2 oz Marie Brizard Blue Curacao
1 oz Marie Brizard Passion Fruit Syrup
2 oz Roulaison rum
1 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz lime juice