You must try this Hurricane Cocktail Recipe. The Hurricane is the best tropical drink recipe!
How did the Hurricane Cocktail get its name?
The origin of the Hurricane is credited to Pat O’Brien’s, a bar in New Orleans. Back in the Prohibition Era, the bar originally started as a speakeasy (a secret establishment that served alcohol), and the password was “Storm’s a Brewin’.”
Legend has it that the bar owner did what he could to sell off (less popular) rum, so he added it to a variety of tropical fruit juices and created the classic Hurricane Cocktail Recipe.
Here I am at Pat O’Brien’s last week with a few of my friends. We’re sharing a Hurricane, of course!
In the 40’s, Pat O’Brien served the original Hurricanes in Hurricane lamp shaped glasses and gave them away to sailors. They were a big hit, and they’re still an attraction at the original Pat O’Brien’s today.
Nowadays, you can order a Hurricane at Pat O’Brien’s and you get to keep the glass (they pack it up for you). But more often than not, you order it in a GO CUP, which is a popular choice in New Orleans. That means you can buy a drink in a bar and bring it with you on the street. Yep, you can drink cocktails while walking around New Orleans. It’s totally legal.
How do you make a Hurricane Cocktail?
There are two kinds of rum in the classic Hurricane Cocktail Recipe: white rum and dark rum. Two ounces of each in a single Hurricane makes it plenty potent, so you’re going to need to be careful with this one! Passion fruit juice and orange juice make up the juice portion of the drink. Grenadine and simple syrup are added in for additional sweetness. Juice from 1/2 lime finishes it off. It’s served in a Hurricane glass full of ice, and it’s garnished with orange and a maraschino cherry.
My husband happily made these for us for Happy Hour last night. I had one and he had one. Let me tell you… that’s all you need LOL. These are really, really good, but they’re awfully strong too!
We happily sipped on our Hurricanes in our very summery and deathly hot-right-now Arizona backyard. We don’t get hurricanes around here, but monsoon season will be here very soon. And that’s a pretty crazy weather phenomenon too! One minute it’s nice and sunny outside, and an hour later it’s a torrential downpour and trees are all over the roads. Crazy!
If you enjoy cocktails, you might also enjoy the Lava Flow Cocktail or these very popular Beach House Cosmos. Prosecco Margaritas and the POG Punch Hawaiian Cocktail are a fun choice too.
Hurricane Cocktail Recipe
- 2 ounces white rum
- 2 ounces dark rum
- 2 ounces passion fruit juice
- 1 ounce orange juice
- 1/2 ounce grenadine
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1/2 medium lime, juiced
- slice of orange and maraschino cherry, for garnish
- Add all of the ingredients to a shaker. Shake and strain into an ice filled Hurricane glass.
- Garnish with orange and cherry.
I made This recipe today as a tester for a large party I’m having. Is there anyway you can give me measurements to make this in a balloon sized.
No idea! Sounds fun though!
Easy and delicious!
Not even close. Pat O’s has 151, white rum, spiced rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and grenadine.
This is a classic Hurricane cocktail recipe, not Pat O’s version 🙂 Theirs was good though!
Delicious. Also strong. I used a little Captain Morgan because I just ran out of dark rum. I may cut down the rum a little next time but keeping everything else. 5 stars!
LOVED this recipe! I included in my blog post on how to throw a Mardi Gras party, a hurricane is the perfect addition. Here’s the link, thanks: https://www.twofunnygirls.com/blog/2019/02/12/personalize-mardi-gras-party/
Great recipe Lori, Followed your recipe by the letter but just one small problem, 4 ounces of rum I found was waaaaaaay too much, it just overpowered the drink, made it with 2 ounces the second time (1 ounce of white rum and 1 ounce of dark rum) and it tasted spot on perfect.
it really does need the juice of half a lime too because there’s ALOT of sweetness in this drink, the citrus balances it out perfectly and prevents it from being too sickly. Besides tone down the amount of rum i put in it the only other thing I did differently was with the passion fruit juice I got a tin of passion fruit pulp and strained the seeds out of it to leave just the nectar. so i’m technically using passion fruit nectar, not passion fruit juice, but still it turns out absolutely wonderfully.
Thanks so much for introducing me to this amazing drink! I have a set of actual hurricane glasses too so i’m going to be making these all the time now. Cheers Lori!
Sounds great. We drink them as directed and they definitely pack a punch with that much rum!!
How fitting!! Hurricane’s at Pat O’Briens are the best hurricanes. I can’t wait to recreate this one at home.
Wow! What an awesome drink! So good.
This would be great to try this weekend!
One of my favorite drinks!!
The flavors in here are SO incredible. My kind of cocktail!
What a fun cocktail! Trying it this weekend!
I’ll take two please
My kinda hurricane, cheers!
I love the history behind the hurricane drink – and that there’s passion fruit juice in this! I once collected hurricane glasses from Hard Rock Cafes…in another (college) lifetime, ha!
you know I don’t think I’ve ever had a Hurricane, but I think that’s about to change now!!
I would love to taste this cocktail! Rum and fruits perfect mix!