Hurricane – The Best Classic New Orleans Recipe

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Hurricane Cocktail
Hurricane Cocktail

The History Of The Hurricane.

The hurricane was invented in the 1940s during World War 2 at Pat O’Brians in New Orleans. The story goes that the folks who controlled the import of European spirits jacked the prices way up and set conditions that for each bottle of European spirits purchased, a certain amount of the more plentiful but less desirable Caribbean rums had to be bought too.

With tons of unused rum about, the owner of Pat O’Brians decided to mix a drink using as much of it as possible. The result is this massive and boozy drink with a lot of juice and sweetener to hide the whopping 120 mLs (4 oz) of rum. This will get you drunk, which is the best way to experience New Orleans.

Why Is It Called A Hurricane?

The name for the hurricane comes from the hurricane lantern, which the traditional serving glass for this drink looks like. Personally speaking, this glass looks like a standard indoor kerosene lamp. The Hurricane lamp is a cold or hot blast lantern that redirects air through tubing along the sides so high winds do not extinguish the flame. Therefore, a standard indoor kerosene lamp doesn’t have to worry about high winds and does not have this tubing. This cocktail instead uses the iconic tapered top design the kerosene lamp uses to prevent air from entering the light from the top. Not that anyone cares about the science or design of dead flame lamps, so I will end it there. I suppose ordering kerosene was not as cool sounding as ordering a hurricane.

What Does The Hurricane Taste Like?

The hurricane is a sweet, fruit juice and booze-filled cocktail that tastes heavily of passion fruit, pomegranate, and orange juice. The amount of alcohol is similar to fortified wine, but the fruit juice and sweetener mask the alcohol’s intensity perfectly. This is often associated with tiki drinks, and while not a tiki drink, it fits in well at most tiki bars. Cocktails that are seen as capital “T” tiki are cocktails invented by either Donn Beach (Don The Beachcomber) or Victor Bergeron (Trader Vic’s), and those tend to emphasize exotic fruit, nuts, and or spice flavors. The hurricane does check off the exotic fruit flavors box but does not have any of the typical spice or nut flavors most tiki cocktails have. Regardless it is an outstanding cocktail that tastes as good as it looks.


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Learn how to make the classic Hurricane cocktail.


  • 1 oz Lime Juice

  • 1 oz Orange Juice

  • 1 oz Grenadine

  • 2 oz Passion Fruit Juice

  • 2 oz Black Rum

  • 2 oz White Rum


  • Add ice to the serving glass.
  • Combine all the ingredients in the serving glass.
  • Give the drink a few turns to chill and mix.


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