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Virgin Hurricanes and Mardi Gras Happenings

We’re past the middle of Dry January 2023 and two weeks into Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans. What better time to mix up a batch of Virgin Hurricanes and check out the parade?

To see this year’s parade route, click on the link below. Recipe to follow.


Virgin Hurricane Recipe-


  • 2 cups Passion Fruit Juice
  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 lime to 1 lime depending on taste
  • A generous pour of Grenadine syrup for that lovely color
  • Lemon lime soda of your choice- diet is ok, but remember that fruit juice has lots of carbs
  • Ice
  • Garnish: orange slice and cherry, lime if you like it tart


  • Mix fruit juice in pitcher (recipe can be doubled) add half the lime and more if needed
  • Add grenadine syrup for taste, sweetness, and color
  • Set mix aside- grenadine will settle so make sure you mix just before pouring into glasses
  • Fill Hurricane glasses with ice
  • Pour glasses 2/3 to 3/4 full with fruit juice mixture
  • Add lemon lime soda to thin juice, stir, garnish, and serve

Your guests will have so much fun watching the parade with these mock-tails they might even forget there’s no alcohol in them.

Don’t forget to read King of the Mardi Gras: A Short Story From Eden’s Garden and Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler (let the good times roll).

King of the Mardi Gras: A Short Story From Eden’s Garden https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079WJGTC7?ref_=cm_sw_r_apin_dp_0C3FZZN11XBYTYARGCXJ

Dry January Cran-Pomegranate Mocktail

Cranberry Pomegranate Mocktail on Ice-recipe below.

Since many of my friends are starting their New Year off by keeping to their fitness and health goals, I’ve decided to post a waistline friendly non-alcoholic mocktail packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants.

I began and ended 2022 with some medical hiccups, including covid-19 despite 3 (now 4) full vaccinations. It’s not easy living life with an autoimmune disease and I try my best to keep myself chasing the Perpetual Puppy and my imps that are forever growing taller and smarter.

The autoimmune disease itself affects my joints, skin, and the medications that let me move around affects my eye pressures and comes with the possibility of irreversible blindness from plaques than can build up on the retina, as if glaucoma wasn’t bad enough on its own. With a busy family having any issues is frustrating and challenging to get people and puppies where they need to go on time.

It’s not all bad, though, and I guess dealing with a progressive disease with no cure after 14 years without a diagnosis has made me focus on what matter most: love of family, puppy snuggles, making sure my children have their life skills down, and doing the impossible like writing books, shooting the spider(middle of target) on the archery range, and getting as much geek cred possible while I can. It’s also taught me not to waste time worrying or being negative and I support several different organizations that help people with illnesses (Diabetes, Lupus, Autism, Cardiovascular, Blindness, Mental Illness…). Doom and gloom are great in horror stories but not in real life, we can encourage and help instead. For now, let’s celebrate today!

Since we’re partying and getting ready for book releases in 2023 (fingers crossed), lets get to the mocktail.

Cran-Pomegranate Mocktail

  • Fill a tall highball glass with ice and add:
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice (cranberry juice cocktail is okay, too),
  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice (Pom is my favorite),
  • Fill glass to just below the rim with plain seltzer and garnish with cranberries and lime wedge. Serve.

Hope you have fun with the mocktail and challenge yourself in 2023. Have a great New Year!