The Original Hurricane Cocktail

Classic hurricane cocktail with a cherry and orange slice garnish

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
424 Calories
0g Fat
41g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 424
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 24mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 1g
Calcium 25mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The hurricane is an iconic tropical cocktail that you should know how to make. It is a fun rum-filled drink that includes the captivating pairing of passion fruit and orange juices. While it looks and tastes rather complicated, with a mix of sweet tropical flavors, tart lime, and spiced rum, it is actually quite easy to make.

This cocktail became popular at Pat O'Brien's bar in 1940s New Orleans. It's said that O'Brien created the heavy-on-the-rum drink as a means to get rid of the large stock of rum his distributors forced him to buy. It's still a very popular drink to sip on the streets of New Orleans during Mardis Gras or any time of year.

The story goes that the cocktail debuted during the 1939 World's Fair in New York City and was named after the hurricane lamp-shaped glasses that the first drinks were served in. This style continues to be known as a hurricane glass.

You can still get a great hurricane at Pat O'Brien's in NOLA or any of their other locations in the U.S. You can also make it at home with this authentic recipe.


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Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for making a hurricane cocktail
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  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, squeeze the juice from half a lime.

    Cocktail shaker filled with ice, citrus squeezer, and half of a squeezed lime
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  3. Pour the remaining ingredients (except the garnishes) into the shaker.

    Cocktail shaker filled with ice and liquid ingredients for making a hurricane
    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck
  4. Shake well, until the outside of the shaker tin becomes frosty.

    A hammered metal cocktail shaker filled with ice is shaken until frosty
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  5. Strain into a hurricane glass filled with fresh ice.

    A hurricane cocktail and a hammered metal cocktail shaker
    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck
  6. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry. Serve and enjoy.

    Hurricane cocktail with a cherry and orange slice garnish
    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Passion Fruit Juice

The one issue you may have with this drink is finding passion fruit juice. It is not one of the most popular juices on the market, though there are a few options. For the best-tasting hurricane, juice a few ripe passion fruits. They are not always in season, though, so take advantage of that opportunity when it comes.

To juice a passion fruit, cut it in half and scoop the pulp, seeds, and juice into a blender. For 5 to 6 fruits, add about 1/3 cup sugar (adjust to taste as some passion fruit varieties are very tart), and 1 quart cold water. Blend on low speeds until the juicy seeds break up, and you have a liquid puree. Strain the pulp and broken seeds out using a fine-mesh strainer or sieve, pressing as much juice as you can. Bottle the juice and discard the pulp.

You may have to search a little harder for commercial brands of passion fruit juice; Maguary and Goya are two popular options. Natural foods and international food stores—or those sections of your local grocer—are good places to look as well. Sometimes you can find a frozen concentrate.

Another option is passion fruit nectar. It's slightly sweeter but not as sweet as passion fruit puree, and you can easily add some water to make it juicier. A tropical juice mix would be another viable option, particularly if it concentrates on passion fruit. It is typically mixed with pineapple and orange. While it wouldn't be the original hurricane recipe, it does make a very tasty drink as well.

How Strong Is the Hurricane?

Dark rum can vary in strength, with the range falling between 80 and 151 proof. For the sake of this example, let's assume that 80 proof is used for both the light and dark rums. With that assumption, the average hurricane has an alcohol content of about 18 percent ABV (36 proof). It is not the strongest drink, and it is not the lightest. To put this in perspective, a Manhattan is 60 proof, and a mojito is about 26 proof.