Mardi Gras Hurricane Cocktail Recipe { #SundaySupper }


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“The world-famous Hurricane is a Pat O’Brien’s original. The cocktail is a sweet alcoholic drink consisting of rum, passion fruit syrup and limejuice. The drink originated in the 1940s because of the need to use up 50 cases of the less popular rum that the local distributors forced the bar to buy before getting the more popular scotch and whiskey liquors. The drink was given to sailors in a hurricane lamp-shaped glass and the name “hurricane” stuck. The drink quickly become popular and is now one of the must haves when visiting New Orleans’ French Quarter. The Hurricane drink is still served in its classic hurricane glass, but many times it is seen in plastic cups because of local New Orleans drinking laws that prohibit public drinking from glass containers.”

On my very first visit to New Orleans I fell in love with the city. But if you want my advice, skip Mardi Gras and head there on a down weekend. The city is filled with amazing food, music and hidden courtyards.

Until you can make your way to the not quite so hidden courtyard of Pat O’Brien’s, put some zydeco music on and enjoy my version of this classic.

The Hurricane Cocktail Recipe


  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 2 ounces passion fruit juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • juice of a half a lime
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon grenadine
  • orange + lime slice for garnish


Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Pour lime juice, dark rum, light rum, juices and other ingredients into shaker. Shake well. Strain into glass over ice. Garnish with orange, lime & straw..

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74 Replies to “Mardi Gras Hurricane Cocktail Recipe { #SundaySupper }”

  1. I want a hurricane right now! This looks fabulous, Krayl! And your photos are gorgeous. I always have rum in my house (that totally makes me sound like an alcoholic). I just need the passionfruit juice and I’m ready to roll!

  2. I’ve had a hurricane in NOLA and it is quite a drink for sure. It’s such a classic but a little too sweet for my taste these days. However, if I every want to make one for an occasion or friends I’m glad I can come here for the recipe.

  3. Oh so yummy! I have enjoyed a hurricane at Pat O’Briens before, and it was oh so yummy! Perhaps I should try making my own at home…

  4. Such a great cocktail, although I’m sure the ones I’ve had a New Orleans style restaurants up here don’t compare to the original!

  5. I always wondered why the Hurricane was “the” New Orleans/Mardi Gras drink! I have to admit, though, I had one at Pat O’Brien’s and thought it was absolutely disgusting. A homemade version is hopefully better than the overly sweet concoction I had there!

  6. No wonder those knock folks out! Four ounces of rum! I had no idea. My personal drink of choice in the Quarter is a spicy Bloody Mary. There’s a little corner bar that makes them with added pickled okra instead of celery sticks!

    We go to New Orleans as often as we can since we have family there and you are so right, a down weekend is a much better time to visit. Although everyone should experience the parades at least once, don’t you think?

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