So, I start this page with a disclaimer. I am not a bartender. I did not even begin drinking alcohol until I was 30. However, somehow in the last year or two, I have been dubbed the "mixologist." How did this happen? Well, I am always willing to help a friend. She was throwing a holiday party and wanted to have a signature drink. She found recipes on the internet and asked me to help her make and sample them. Initially, we stuck to the recipes with minor changes. However, when she hosted a Mardi Gras party and asked me to be in charge of making a hurricane, the mixologist was born. I did not like any of the 3 recipes I tried. So, I kept mixing and concocting until I had Crystal's Category 5 Hurricane. Recently, while in Turks and Caicos for a week, I was asked to make hurricanes for the guests. I used this as an opportunity to concoct new recipes. I had a captive audience. Why not? At the end of the week, they told me to publish the recipes. So, here they are. The pictures are not pictures of the actual drinks. So no need to worry if your final product does not look like the picture. Also, my measuring style was unique. While in Turks and Caicos, I used a glass that had a jelly fish at the bottom, a starfish in the middle and a seahorse at the top. Measurements were to the top of the jellyfish and the bottom of the seahorse. Therefore, feel free to tweak to your own personal delight. Here I will use guesstimates for a shot glass for some of the recipes. Bottoms up and remember to drink responsibly.


Apple Bite

6 0z of Mott's Apple Juice

1 shot of Ciroc Apple Vodka

a splash of Rose's Grenadine


Crystal's Category 5 Hurricane

3 oz Tropicana Orange Juice with no pulp

3 oz Goya Passion Fruit Juice

3 oz Dole Pineapple Juice

1 shot of Don Q Puerto Rican Rum

1 shot of Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum

1 shot of Cruzan Pineapple Rum

1 shot of Cruzan Coconut Rum

1 shot of Cruzan Mango Rum

1 shot of Rose's Grenadine

1/2 shot of Stirrings Simple Syrup

1/2 shot of Rose's sweetened lime juice

Put all ingredients in a shaker over ice. Stick with the brands listed.

This recipe is exact.


Caicos Punch

Caicos Punch

59 0z carton of Dole Pineapple Orange Mango Juice

Coconut Rum


Mix this to taste.  You should be able to smell the coconut in the finished product.

A guesstimate:

40 oz of juice

1 cup of Coconut Rum

1/2 cup of grenadine



Please share your thoughts on these recipes once you try them. I would love to hear them.