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Savor the irresistible allure of the Hurricane cocktail, a tropical drink with an exquisite blend of flavors. In the signature Hurricane glass, this delightful concoction marries the depth of assorted rums with the fruity symphony of passion fruit juice, orange juice, lime juice, and grenadine. The result? A harmonious medley of flavors that dances on the palate, from the robust, velvety notes of rum to the bright, citrusy tang and the sweet, exotic hints of passion fruit. 

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This cocktail is a vibrant celebration in a glass, making it an ideal choice for any occasion, be it a sun-soaked day by the shore or a lively gathering with friends. Prepare to be enchanted by the Hurricane cocktail’s intoxicating taste, a true embodiment of the tropics’ lush and lively spirit.


The Hurricane cocktail has a rich history that dates back to the 1940s in New Orleans. It was created at Pat O’Brien’s bar during World War II when whiskey was in short supply, and the bar’s distributor required purchases of rum to buy the whiskey they needed. The recipe was born, and the Hurricane cocktail quickly became a local favorite.

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The drink was originally served in a glass that resembled a hurricane lamp, which is where it gets its name. The signature glass is still used today, and the Hurricane cocktail is a staple of New Orleans’ French Quarter.

The Hurricane cocktail gained even more popularity during Mardi Gras, when Pat O’Brien’s bar would serve them in large batches to party-goers. The drink’s bright red color and sweet taste made it a hit among locals and visitors alike.

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The Hurricane cocktail has also made appearances outside of New Orleans. It was served at the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair at the “Hurricane Bar” in Queens, New York. However, it is unknown what ingredients were used to prepare the Hurricane drinks that were sold at the exhibition.

How to Make It

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Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Making a Hurricane cocktail is relatively easy, and you can prepare it in a few simple steps.

Here's how you can make a classic Hurricane cocktail at home:


  • 2 oz. light rum
  • 2 oz. dark rum
  • 1 oz. passion fruit juice or puree
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. grenadine
  • Orange slice and maraschino cherry for garnish
  • Crushed ice


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add light rum, dark rum, passion fruit juice, orange juice, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and grenadine to the cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously for about 10-15 seconds to mix the ingredients well.
  4. Fill a Hurricane glass with crushed ice.
  5. Strain the cocktail into the glass.
  6. Garnish the cocktail with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.
  7. Serve immediately and enjoy your delicious Hurricane cocktail!


You can also experiment with different fruit juices, such as pineapple, strawberry, or lemon juice, to make your own unique version of the Hurricane cocktail.

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There are many variations of the Hurricane cocktail, each with its own unique twist. Here are some popular variations that you can try:

Classic Hurricane

The classic Hurricane cocktail was much simpler than the recipe used today. The original Hurricane was made with just three ingredients: Jamaican rum, passion fruit juice, and lemon juice, shaken and served over ice. If you want something lighter and more tart, try this version!

Strawberry Hurricane

If you’re a fan of strawberry daiquiris, you’ll love this variation of the Hurricane cocktail. Simply substitute strawberry puree for the passion fruit juice in the classic recipe. The result is a sweet and fruity cocktail with a beautiful pink color.

Pineapple Hurricane

For a tropical twist on the classic Hurricane, try adding pineapple juice to the mix. This version is sweet and tangy, with a hint of tropical fruit flavor. It’s perfect for sipping on a hot day by the pool.

Rum Punch Hurricane

For a stronger, boozier Hurricane cocktail, try adding more rum to the mix. You can also experiment with different types of rum, such as white rum or spiced rum, to give your drink a unique flavor.

Blue Hurricane

The main difference between a Hurricane and a Blue Hurricane cocktail is the addition of blue curaçao to the latter. The Blue Hurricane cocktail also typically includes pineapple juice, whereas the classic Hurricane does not.

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