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Hurricane Season!


The Hurricane is a sweet, fruity, and boozy cocktail that is a popular drink in New Orleans. It is traditionally served in a tall, hurricane lamp-shaped glass and is made with rum, passion fruit syrup, orange juice, lime juice, and grenadine.

The Hurricane was invented in the early 1940s at Pat O'Brien's, a bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The bar's owner, Pat O'Brien, was looking for a way to use up a surplus of rum that he had on hand. He created the Hurricane as a way to mix the rum with other ingredients to create a more palatable drink.

The Hurricane quickly became a popular drink at Pat O'Brien's and soon spread to other bars in New Orleans. It is now a popular drink throughout the United States and is often served at Mardi Gras celebrations.


The traditional recipe for a Hurricane calls for the following ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces light rum

  • 1.5 ounces dark rum

  • 1 ounces passion fruit syrup

  • 1 ounce lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon grenadine

  • Garnish: orange slice or cherry

The Hurricane can be made with different types of rum, but light rum and dark rum are the most common. Passion fruit syrup can be found at most liquor stores, or you can make your own by combining passion fruit juice and sugar. Orange juice, lime juice, and grenadine are also readily available.


To make a Hurricane, simply combine all of the ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until the cocktail is well-chilled. Strain the Hurricane into a hurricane lamp-shaped glass and garnish with an orange slice and cherry.


There are many variations on the traditional Hurricane recipe. Some people like to add more rum, while others like to add more fruit juice. You can also experiment with different types of rum, passion fruit syrup, and grenadine.

Here are a few of the most popular variations on the Hurricane:

  • The Big Easy Hurricane: This version of the Hurricane is made with more rum and less fruit juice. It is a more potent drink that is perfect for people who like their cocktails strong.

  • The Tropical Hurricane: This version of the Hurricane is made with pineapple juice and is a more tropical-flavored drink that is perfect for a hot day.

  • The Hurricane Rita: This version of the Hurricane is made with tequila instead of rum. It is a more Mexican-flavored drink that is perfect for Cinco de Mayo.


The Hurricane is a delicious and popular cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. It is easy to make and can be customized to your own taste. So next time you are looking for a fun and festive drink, try a Hurricane. You won't be disappointed.

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