By the time the Mr. and I arrived in the Cayman Islands in 2006, it had become a well-oiled (always-ready-for-a-hurricane) machine. After Category 5 Ivan devastated the island in 2004, the residents and businesses were quick to board up their homes and buildings for each and every storm. It was pretty remarkable to see. So out of concern in our first year on the island, we had decided to evacuate with every storm, regardless of its category level.
Well, after a couple unnecessary flights fleeing off to the Bahamas or Miami, we decided “okay, cat 3 or higher, we’ll leave.”
~ view of hurricane Paloma from our apartment in Cayman ~
During our 4 year stay, there was at least one major storm every season and a few hurricane parties (might as well!). So when we got word last week that Hurricane Danny was making its way across the Atlantic, we started making our list of things to gather should it hit the island.
As seasoned hurricaners (that’s definitely a word) and for those nights we decide to brave the storm, we try to have a little fun even if we are stuck indoors, with no water or power.
A few games, candles, already prepared snacks, and cocktails of course, make those stormy nights much more enjoyable. Even though Danny moved way up north and was eventually downgraded to a trough, we have a plan in place for the season. Invite a few friends over, hunker down, and make a giant pitcher of hurricanes!
- 12 ounces light rum
- 12 ounces dark rum
- 10 ounces grenadine, or passion fruit syrup
- 10 ounces fresh orange juice
- 10 ounces sour mix, or fresh lime juice
- 3 tablespoons superfine sugar, or more to taste
- 1 large orange, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
- Mix all the ingredients in a tall pitcher or large pot and stir to dissolve the sugar. Pour into a punch bowl and add the ice cubes and orange segments. Serve in tall glasses over ice with straws. Garnish with fruit.
What do you do on those stormy nights? Ever been through a hurricane?