Hurricane (Red Fassionola) – Recipe & History

Red Fassionola Hurricane

Hurricane (Red Fassionola)

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

300

kcal
Total time

3

minutes

How to make a Red Hurricane.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Lemon Juice

  • 2 oz Red Fassionola

  • 2 oz White Rum

  • 2 oz Black Rum

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients into a shaker and add a scoop of crushed ice.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Pour the whole shaker into the serving glass. Ice and all.

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What Does The Red Hurricane Taste Like?

The red fassionola hurricane is terrific, and maybe it’s the inner child in me, but I like its fruit punch flavor. My red fassionola recipe is cherry-heavy, so this cocktail has a strong cherry flavor. Still, I believe the classic Jonathan English red fassionola is not as cherry-forward as my recipe.

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.

Now while the origins of the hurricane are pretty much agreed upon, the original hurricane recipe is widely disputed. Jeff Beachbum Berry states in “Beach Bum Berry’s Remixed” that the original recipe is 2 oz lemon juice, 2 oz passion fruit syrup, and 4 oz black rum. At the same time, a very reputable source, even Jeff’s recipe, is disputed. Other well-researched authors state it was not 4 oz of dark rum but 2 oz of both dark and light rums (I can’t remember the source, but I remember reading it). Even Jeff Berry says the original used fassionola instead of passion fruit syrup. Long story short. No one can agree upon a single original recipe, and it doesn’t appear that it was written down. The creator Pat O’Brians gives one recipe, Jeff Berry gives another, and then adds modifications. Who knows. If you have some information I don’t have, please send me an email or comment, letting me know.

The History Of Jonathan English Fassionola

Fassionola was a line of tropical syrups made by the San Diego-based Jonathan English company. Jonathan English made Gold, Red, and Green fassionola syrup, each with a unique flavor. The gold was primarily passion fruit flavored, the red was fruit punch, and the green was mainly lime and guava. It is widely rumored that the Jonathan English company went out of business, and it was, but before the company went entirely out of business, it was bought by a new owner. I learned this from a Reddit post. The new owner still makes the classic Jonathan English red, green and gold fassionolas. There is an eBay seller who ships these original fassionolas, but it seems distribution is limited to the San Diego area.

It’s not uncommon to find individuals who want fassionola to make their own. I’ve made my own, and it turns out pretty good. Again considering there is no definitive recipe for fassionola, make something fun and tropical. I built my recipes knowing that red is supposed to be fruit punch, gold is passion fruit, and green is lime and guava.

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.

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Red Fassionola Syrup Recipe

Red Fashionola

Red Fassionola

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

15

servings
Calories

200

kcal
Total time

10

minutes

How to make a homemade Red Fassionola

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Guava Juice

  • 2 oz Papaya Juice

  • 2 oz Apricot Juice

  • 2 oz Passion Fruit Juice

  • 2 oz Apple Juice

  • 2 oz Pineapple Juice

  • 2 oz Orange Juice

  • 6 oz Cherry Juice

  • 6 oz Strawberry Puree/Juice

  • 3 cups Granulated Sugar

Directions

  • Combine all the juices together.
  • Run juice through a jelly bag to remove small particles.
  • In a stovetop pot, over low heat, add the sugar and stir till fully dissolved.
  • Bottle and store it in the refrigerator or in the freezer for long-term storage.

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The History Of Jonathan English Fassionola

Fassionola was a line of tropical syrups made by the San Diego-based Jonathan English company. Jonathan English made Gold, Red, and Green fassionola syrup, each with a unique flavor. The gold was primarily passion fruit flavored, the red was fruit punch, and the green was mainly lime and guava. It is widely rumored that the Jonathan English company went out of business, and it was, but before the company went entirely out of business, it was bought by a new owner. I learned this from a Reddit post. The new owner still makes the classic Jonathan English red, green and gold fassionolas. As of writing this, there is an eBay seller who ships these original fassionolas, and here is the website of the distributor of Johathan English, but it seems distribution is limited to the San Diego area.

It’s not uncommon to find individuals who want fassionola to make their own. I’ve made my own, and it turns out pretty good. Again considering there is no definitive recipe for fassionola, make something fun and tropical. I built my recipes knowing that red is supposed to be fruit punch, gold is passion fruit, and green is lime and guava.

How I Came To This Recipe.

Like any food or drink, there is no single recipe, and most have their own variation. While Johnathan English fassionola was the go-to for most tiki bars back in the day, it doesn’t mean you can’t make your own or that it has to be 100% like Johnathan English. I made this recipe up entirely out of what sounded good while trying to highlight the primary flavor for each color of fassionola. With red fassionola in mind, I looked at the classic Red Hawaiian Punch ingredient list, saw what juices it had listed, and made those the ingredients.

Specific to red fassionola, I made half the volume cherry and strawberry juice and the other half the Hawaiian punch juice mix. The resulting syrup is a beautiful red color with a complex flavor and a clear cherry strawberry taste. The nice thing about cherries is they have a strong red color. This lets the red fassionola be colored red more naturally than using dye. Red dye would be fine, too, if you want to make red fassionola without a cherry flavor. Strawberries have a weak red color that quickly oxidizes, so the cherries provide all the color.

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