Hurricane Cocktail Recipe

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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 Hurricane cocktail has its origins in New Orleans, Louisiana, specifically at the famous Pat O'Brien's bar in the 1940s. During World War II, there was a shortage of whiskey, and bar owners were required to purchase large amounts of rum to secure their whiskey supply. Pat O'Brien created the Hurricane as a way to use up the excess rum. The cocktail quickly gained popularity and became a staple of New Orleans culture.

  • The name 'Hurricane' comes from the hurricane lamp-shaped glass it was originally served in.
  • The drink is often associated with Mardi Gras celebrations and the vibrant nightlife of New Orleans.
  • The Hurricane remains a popular cocktail choice in bars and restaurants around the world.

How Hurricane Tastes?

The Hurricane cocktail is a fruity, sweet, and tangy drink with a strong rum kick. The combination of passion fruit, orange, and lime flavors creates a refreshing and tropical taste, while the grenadine adds a touch of sweetness.

Interesting facts about Hurricane

  • The original Hurricane recipe used passion fruit syrup, but many modern versions use passion fruit juice or puree instead.
  • The Hurricane is often served in a tall, curvy glass known as a 'hurricane glass'.
  • The cocktail has inspired several variations, such as the 'Category 5 Hurricane' which includes additional fruit juices and a higher alcohol content.


Light Rum

Your drink's boozy backbone. It's crisp, clean, and it lets the other tropical flavors shine. 2 oz is just the right kick; less would lose the punch, more would steal the show. No Light Rum? White tequila can step in, but it's a bold move—brace for a stormier Hurricane!

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Dark Rum

Dark rum brings depth with its molasses tones, making your sip feel like a Caribbean hug. Skip it, and you'll miss that warm complexity. Sub in bourbon if you please, but you'll be steering the ship towards Kentucky.

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Passion Fruit Juice

The soul of the Hurricane, this nectar adds a tart exoticism. Without it, you'd have a lackluster tempest. If you can’t find it, mango juice could work, though it's less tangy, more tropical.

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Orange Juice

Squeezed from the sun's rays (sort of), it brightens the blend. Less juice and you dock the fruitiness; more could overpower the other flavors. Apple juice could sub in for an orchard twist.

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Lime Juice

It's the zing that cuts through the sweetness, keeping the drink balanced and refreshing. Forget it, and your cocktail goes from fab to drab. Lemon juice is a decent understudy, but not quite as sharp.

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Simple Syrup

Sweet simplicity, it's the glue that melds all the flavors harmoniously. Too little and your tongue tangles with the tart; too much and you're sailing in a syrup sea. Honey syrup could whisper in with a richer note.

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The blushing beauty, it gives that iconic sunset hue and a hint of pomegranate. No grenadine? Your hurricane's more cloud, less color. Raspberry syrup is an option for a berry-tinged sky.

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Orange Slice & Maraschino Cherry

The finishing touch, these garnishes shout 'tropical fiesta!' They're your edible decorations, and while they don't impact the flavor too much, a naked Hurricane might feel underdressed.

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As needed because no one likes a lukewarm Hurricane; it's all about the chill. Skimp and you're in tepid waters, overdo it and you'll water down the whirlwind.

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Recipe. How to make Hurricane Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the light rum, dark rum, passion fruit juice, orange juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and grenadine to the shaker.
  3. Shake well to combine and chill the ingredients.
  4. Strain the mixture into a hurricane glass filled with fresh ice.
  5. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to properly mix and chill the ingredients.
  • Use freshly squeezed juices for a more authentic and refreshing taste.
  • Chill your hurricane glass before pouring the cocktail into it to keep the drink cold for longer.

Perfect Pairings

Spicy Apps & Snacks

Experience the dance of flavors with spicy appetizers like Cajun-style shrimp or jerk chicken skewers. The fruity sweetness wonderfully balances out the heat.

Tropical Fruit Plates

A fruit plate featuring mango, pineapple, and papaya complements the tropical notes in the Hurricane. It's like a mini Mardi Gras in your mouth!

Seafood Dishes

Light and fresh seafood dishes such as grilled fish tacos or a shrimp cocktail make great companions. The citrusy tang of the cocktail cuts through the richness of the seafood.

Barbecue Classics

Southern barbecue, with its smoky and sometimes sweet sauces, pairs beautifully with this New Orleans classic. Try it with pulled pork sliders or barbecue ribs!

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What you could change in Hurricane

  • Light rum can be replaced with white rum.
  • If passion fruit juice is not available, you can use a mix of orange and pineapple juice.
  • Grenadine can be substituted with a dash of cherry or pomegranate juice for a similar sweet and fruity flavor.

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  • Substitute 1 oz of the passion fruit juice with blackberry liqueur.
  • Recipe: Follow the original Hurricane recipe, but add blackberry liqueur for a berry twist.
  • The inclusion of the liqueur will bring a new depth and a slightly boozy berry profile, turning the tropical storm into a berry blast.


  • Add 1 oz of coconut cream.
  • Recipe: Shake up the original ingredients with coconut cream for a creamy tropical rendition.
  • This version feels like sipping a storm cloud that's floated over a dessert island, tantalizingly creamy with a tropical undercurrent.

Spiced Hurricane

  • Add a pinch of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg to the shaker.
  • Recipe: Shake everything together, and pour over ice to spice up the classic.
  • The warm spices will make your Hurricane feel like it's rolling in on a wave of Caribbean warmth, adding a cozy layer to the fruity tempest.

In case you forgot basics how to make 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 Hurricane

What is the best type of rum to use for a Hurricane cocktail?

Typically, the Hurricane cocktail requires a combination of light and dark rum. Caribbean rums are favored due to their sweet character which complements the fruit juices.

Can the Hurricane cocktail be made as a pitcher drink for parties?

Yes, the Hurricane cocktail can easily be scaled up to be served in a pitcher or punch bowl for larger gatherings. Simply multiply the ingredient amounts by the number of servings needed.

What other garnishes can be used for the Hurricane cocktail?

Beyond the traditional orange slice and maraschino cherry, you can garnish the Hurricane with other tropical fruits like a pineapple slice, or even add a festive umbrella.

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

Yes, you can create a 'Mocktail Hurricane' by substituting the rum with additional fruit juice, coconut water or soda. Please note it would taste different due to absence of rum.

Are there any dietary concerns with the Hurricane cocktail?

The Hurricane cocktail is high in sugar content from the fruit juices and syrups, so it may not be suitable for people on low-sugar diets. Always check with your doctor or dietitian if you have concerns.

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