Hennessy Hurricane Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:15%

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Hennessy Hurricane is a twist on the classic Hurricane cocktail, which has its roots in New Orleans. Originally created at Pat O'Brien's bar in the 1940s, the traditional Hurricane features rum, fruit juice, and syrup. The Hennessy version swaps out rum for cognac, giving it a richer, more sophisticated profile.

  • New Orleans Heritage: A nod to the city's vibrant cocktail culture.
  • Mardi Gras Favorite: Often enjoyed during celebrations and festivals.
  • Cognac Twist: Introduces a French touch to an American classic.

How Hennessy Hurricane Tastes?

The Hennessy Hurricane offers a harmonious blend of sweet and fruity flavors with a robust cognac foundation. It's rich, bold, and has a tropical flair, with a warming finish that lingers on the palate.

Interesting facts about Hennessy Hurricane

  • The Hurricane glass in which it is served was named after the shape of a hurricane lamp.
  • Hennessy, a cognac house, was founded in 1765 and is one of the oldest and most famous cognac producers.
  • The cocktail's vibrant red color is reminiscent of a tropical sunset.


  • Hennessy cognac: 1.5 oz(45ml)
  • Passion fruit juice: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Lemon juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Simple syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Grenadine: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Orange juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Ice cubes: As needed
  • Orange slice: 1 slice
  • Cherry: 1

Hennessy Cognac

  • The 1.5 oz of Hennessy Cognac adds a robust, oak-infused flavor to our Hurricane, giving it a touch of sophistication. Too little, you'd miss the warm complexity; too much, and you might as well be sipping straight from the bottle!

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Passion Fruit Juice

  • Ah, 2 oz of Passion Fruit Juice brings us the soul of the tropics. It's tangy, sweet, and makes the drink as lively as a carnival in Rio. Forget it, and you've got a much less festive concoction.

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Lemon Juice

  • 1 oz of Lemon Juice provides a citrusy zing, balancing the sweetness and adding freshness to the mix. (When life gives you lemons, make a Hurricane!). No lemon juice, less zing; it's that simple.

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Simple Syrup

  • This half an ounce of Simple Syrup is like the diplomat of the cocktail world – just enough to smooth over relations between sour and sweet. Less sweetness means a sharper drink; more, and you'll think you're drinking liquid candy.

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  • At 0.5 oz, Grenadine offers a hint of color and a whisper of pomegranate that says, 'I'm not just another pretty drink.' No grenadine, and you lose that rosy hue and subtle flavor depth.

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Orange Juice

  • The 1 oz of Orange Juice is the sunny side of the storm, blending beautifully with the other fruit flavors and providing a bit of vitamin 'sea'. Leave it out, and the tropical storm might just feel a bit lackluster.

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Ice Cubes

  • Ice, ice baby! It cools, it dilutes, it makes everything nice. Our cocktail wouldn't be the same sweltering tropical experience without it.

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  • Our Orange Slice and Cherry are the finishing touches, the icing on the cocktail cake, the hats on the heads of flavors. They're not just for looks – they also add an aromatic hint with every sip!

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Recipe. How to make Hennessy Hurricane Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add Hennessy Cognac, passion fruit juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, grenadine, and orange juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
  4. Strain into a Hurricane glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry on top.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the Hurricane glass before serving to keep the drink colder for longer.
  • Adjust the amount of simple syrup and grenadine to find the perfect balance of sweetness for your taste.
  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The fruity and bold flavors of the Hennessy Hurricane complement the smokiness of grilled fish or shrimp.
  • Caribbean Cuisine: Jerk chicken or pork will harmonize with the tropical notes of this vibrant cocktail.
  • Fruit Desserts: Try it with a passion fruit tart or lemon sorbet to echo the citrus and passion fruit flavors.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips.
  • Cold Brew Coffee: As a non-alcoholic, bitter counterpoint to the sweetness of the Hurricane.

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What you could change in Hennessy Hurricane

  • Cognac: If Hennessy is not available, another quality VS or VSOP cognac can be used.
  • Passion Fruit Juice: Mango juice can be a suitable substitute if passion fruit is hard to find.
  • Grenadine: Pomegranate syrup can be used for a similar flavor and color.

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And of course - twists🍹

Spiced Hurricane

  • Add a dash of cinnamon or a cinnamon stick for a spicy twist, imparting warmth and a seasonal flair, perfect for cooler nights.

Berry Hurricane

  • Swap grenadine for blackcurrant syrup and garnish with mixed berries. You'll get a berry storm of flavor that's just berry, berry good!

Tropical Breeze Hurricane

  • Instead of simple syrup, use coconut syrup and add a splash of pineapple juice. It's like bringing the beach to your glass, complete with tropical breezes and hammock naps.

In case you forgot basics how to make Hennessy Hurricane

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Hennessy Hurricane

What glassware is recommended for serving a Hennessy Hurricane?

A Hennessy Hurricane is typically served in a Hurricane glass, which is a tall, curvy glass that resembles a hurricane lantern.

Can I batch prepare Hennessy Hurricanes for a party?

Yes, you can prepare a larger quantity of the drink mix ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. Just add ice and garnishes when ready to serve.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Hennessy Hurricane?

Yes, you can create a mocktail version by omitting the cognac and increasing the amounts of the various juices.

How do I achieve the perfect red color in my Hennessy Hurricane?

The key to the vibrant red color is the grenadine. Adjust the amount to achieve the desired hue.

Can the Hennessy Hurricane be served frozen?

Certainly! Blend the ingredients with crushed ice to enjoy a frozen version of the cocktail.

What's the best way to garnish a Hennessy Hurricane?

Typical garnishes include a slice of orange and a cherry, but you can also add a sprig of mint or a pineapple wedge for a tropical touch.

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