Whether you’re in New Orleans, New York or New Mexico, you can’t celebrate Mardi Gras if you don’t know how to make a Hurricane cocktail. This cocktail was named after the Hurricane lamp-shaped glass in which it’s served, but it packs the same punch as a tropical storm. Pat O’Brien is credited with inventing the drink in his eponymous bar in New Orleans in 1940 as a way to use the case of rum he was forced to purchase with each bottle of whiskey he bought. O'Brien used an impressive four ounces of rum to make a Hurricane, balancing the alcohol with sweet and sour fruit juices for a delicious but deadly concoction. These days, the recipe has been pared down, but this party-in-a-glass is just as popular as ever. Make a hurricane at your next celebration and you’ll make it a night to remember!
- One oz. light rum
- One oz. dark rum
- Half oz. passion fruit syrup or grenadine
- Two tsp. fresh lime juice
- Half oz. orange juice (optional)
- One tsp. superfine sugar (optional)
- Cocktail shaker
- Hurricane-lamp shaped glass (or a tall cocktail glass)
- Cherries with stems or orange slice to garnish (optional)
- If you’re going to make a hurricane, you’ll need both light rum and dark rum. While both are made by fermenting and distilling sugar (usually in the form of molasses) and water, they have very different tastes. Dark rum is aged in oak casks and is usually considered full-bodied and rich because of the addition of caramel that also gives it its color. White rum tends to be light-bodied with a mild taste that mixes well with fruit juice. Use both to create a balanced flavor.
- To make a classic hurricane, use the traditional recipe. In a cocktail shaker, add one ounce each of light and dark rum, half an ounce of passion fruit syrup and two teaspoons of fresh lime juice. Add one cup of ice to the shaker, put on the lid and shake the drink vigorously for 30 seconds. Fill a hurricane glass with ice and strain the drink into the glass. Garnish it with an orange slice or a cherry.
- Many bars today use a modified recipe to make a hurricane that’s sweeter and fruitier than the original. In addition to light and dark rum and fresh lime juice, bartenders often substitute grenadine for passion fruit syrup and add orange juice and superfine sugar. To make a hurricane using this recipe, combine one ounce each of light and dark rum, half an ounce each of grenadine and orange juice, two teaspoons of fresh lime juice and one cup of ice in a cocktail shaker. Put the lid on the shaker and shake the cocktail until it’s cold, which takes about 30 seconds. Fill a hurricane glass with ice and strain the contents of the shaker into the glass. Use a cherry or an orange slice to garnish the drink.