The Hurricane Cocktail A Tropical Delight

The Hurricane cocktail has its roots in the 1940s, a time when World War II caused a scarcity of whiskey in the United States. Bar owners were often forced to purchase large quantities of less popular rum to get their hands on even a single case of whiskey. Pat O’Brien, a bar owner in New Orleans, ingeniously created the Hurricane to use up the excess rum. Named after the hurricane lamp-shaped glasses it was originally served in, this drink became a beacon of resourcefulness and creativity.

Calories: 387kcal
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
The Hurricane cocktail is a bold and vibrant drink that packs a flavorful punch. Invented in the 1940s at Pat O'Brien's in New Orleans, it was originally created as a solution to a surplus of rum. Today, Pat O'Brien's continues to serve this popular cocktail, selling over half a million glasses each year.
The Hurricane is made with two types of rum, lime juice, orange juice, passion fruit puree, grenadine, and simple syrup. Its sweet and fruity profile makes it a favorite choice for parties and celebrations. While variations of the drink exist, using fresh ingredients such as citrus, quality passion fruit, and homemade grenadine enhances the overall balance and helps temper its sweetness.
Drinking a Hurricane is an experience in itself, often enjoyed from a Hurricane glass. This tall and wide vessel, inspired by hurricane lamps, adds to the fun and festive atmosphere. While traditionally served in a Hurricane glass, it's also common to see the drink served in disposable plastic cups in New Orleans' French Quarter, where public alcohol consumption is permitted. Sip on this high-octane fruit bomb and immerse yourself in the spirit of New Orleans' vibrant cocktail culture.


  • 2 oz light rum
  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 1 oz lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 oz orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 oz passion fruit juice
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup
  • 0.5 oz grenadine
  • Ice
  • Orange slice and cherry for garnish


  • Combine Ingredients: In a shaker, mix the light rum, dark rum, lime juice, orange juice, passion fruit juice, simple syrup, and grenadine.
  • Shake: Add ice to the shaker. Shake well until the mixture is well chilled.
  • Garnish & Serve: Strain the drink into a large hurricane glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.
  • Enjoy: Serve immediately and enjoy the tropical flavors!


  • Fresh Juice: Using fresh juice can significantly enhance the flavor of the cocktail.
  • Adjust Sweetness: You can adjust the sweetness by altering the amount of simple syrup and grenadine.
  • Passion Fruit Juice: If you can't find passion fruit juice, you can substitute it with another tropical juice like mango or papaya.

Estimated Nutrition:

Calories: 387kcal (19%)Carbohydrates: 33g (11%)Protein: 1g (2%)Fat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 17mg (1%)Potassium: 263mg (8%)Fiber: 0.3g (1%)Sugar: 27g (30%)Vitamin A: 477IU (10%)Vitamin C: 40mg (48%)Calcium: 12mg (1%)Iron: 1mg (6%)
CourseBeverage, Cocktail, Drinks
CuisineBeverage, Cocktail, Drinks
KeywordBeverage, Cocktail, Drink

The blend of light and dark rum offers a complex base, while the mix of citrus and passion fruit juices creates a sweet, tangy, and utterly refreshing drink. The color, reminiscent of a tropical sunset, is made vibrant by grenadine, an essential ingredient that adds both color and a hint of pomegranate sweetness.

Personalizing Your Hurricane

I encourage you to put your twist on the Hurricane. Adjust the sweetness, try different rum varieties, or substitute passion fruit juice with another tropical juice. The beauty of this cocktail lies in its versatility and the joy of making it your own.

A Toast to Resilience and Celebration

The Hurricane cocktail is a testament to resilience, a nod to New Orleans’ enduring spirit, and a celebration of life’s pleasures. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply enjoying a quiet evening, this drink brings a touch of Mardi Gras to any occasion. So, raise your glass, and let’s toast to the enduring legacy of the Hurricane cocktail, a vibrant reminder that sometimes, the best things in life come from the unexpected.