Hurricane Cocktail Recipe

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You must try this Hurricane Cocktail Recipe.  The Hurricane is the best tropical drink recipe!

hurricane cocktail in a hurricane glass with a wooden background

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’.”

hurricane cocktail

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.

four girls sharing a hurricane cocktail with straws

Here I am at Pat O’Brien’s last week with a few of my friends.  We’re sharing a Hurricane, of course!

hurricane glasses

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.

man in a pink shirt pouring hurricane cocktails into hurricane glasses

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.

man in a pink shirt holding two hurricane cocktails

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!

hand holding a hurricane cocktail with a backyard in the background

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 CosmosProsecco Margaritas and the POG Punch Hawaiian Cocktail are a fun choice too.

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5 from 14 votes

Hurricane Cocktail Recipe

Double it to serve two!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 379kcal
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword cocktail, hurricane


  • 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.



Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 214mg | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 31.1mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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  • brian wrote:

    Easy and delicious!

  • Brandy wrote:

    Not even close. Pat O’s has 151, white rum, spiced rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and grenadine.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      This is a classic Hurricane cocktail recipe, not Pat O’s version 🙂 Theirs was good though!

  • Clinton Sandford wrote:

    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!

  • Two Funny Girls wrote:

    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:

  • Eric Gleeson wrote:

    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!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Sounds great. We drink them as directed and they definitely pack a punch with that much rum!!

  • Stephanie Manley wrote:

    How fitting!! Hurricane’s at Pat O’Briens are the best hurricanes. I can’t wait to recreate this one at home.

  • Heather wrote:

    Wow! What an awesome drink! So good.

  • Toni | Boulder Locavore wrote:

    This would be great to try this weekend!

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes wrote:

    One of my favorite drinks!!

  • Joanne wrote:

    The flavors in here are SO incredible. My kind of cocktail!

  • Jennifer Farley wrote:

    What a fun cocktail! Trying it this weekend!

  • carrie wrote:

    I’ll take two please

  • Melissa Sperka wrote:

    My kinda hurricane, cheers!

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles wrote:

    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! 

  • TidyMom wrote:

    you know I don’t think I’ve ever had a Hurricane, but I think that’s about to change now!!

  • Faith wrote:

    I would love to taste this cocktail! Rum and fruits perfect mix!