Authentic New Orleans Hurricane Recipe


With Fat Tuesday just around the corner, it wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without a Hurricane. Nobody in New Orleans enjoys a Hurricane – unless it’s the bright red variety served in a tall glass and garnished with orange slices and cherries.

The local favorite was created at Pat O’Brien’s bar – one of the greatest foundations of French Quarter libations. The name of the drink came from the shape of the glass it’s served in – the iconic curved glass resembles a hurricane lamp. The perfect place to have one is still at Pat O’s in the legendary courtyard overlooking the flaming fountain, but you’ll find them elsewhere around the city as well. But be sure to exercise caution – while these drinks are sugary-sweet, they pack a category-5 punch.

Traditional Hurricane Recipe:

  • 2 oz light rum
  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 2 oz passion fruit juice
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon simple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon grenadine
  • Garnish: orange slice and cherry

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a Hurricane glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.

Pat O’ Brien’s Hurricane Recipe:

  • Mix 4 oz. of Pat O’Brien’s Rum or any good dark rum with 4 oz. Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane Mix
  • Fill 26 oz. glass with crushed ice
  • Garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry



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