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Hurricane Cocktail Recipe

A New Orleans classic, the Hurricane Cocktail packs a punch with a double serving of rum and a sweet blend of fruit juices.

Hurricane cocktail served in a pint glass

Hurricane Cocktail Recipe

The Hurricane is a rum punch with a very specific blend of fruit juices.

If the name “Hurricane” makes it sound like a strong drink, that’s because it is! This New Orleans cocktail is a blend of two types of rum, as well as several fresh fruit juices. It’s delicious, yet it will knock you off your feet if you’re not prepared!

Where Was The Hurricane Drink Invented?

Unlike the origin of many other classic cocktails, there’s no dispute over this one! The Hurricane was first served at the legendary Pat O’Briens in New Orleans, Louisiana.

According to the VP of Operations, Charlie Bateman, the Hurricane was invented in the 1940s as a way to use excess rum. At the time, there was plenty of rum being imported from the Caribbean, while domestic liquor was much more scarce. (Source)

After a bit of experimentation, the bar’s original owners settled on the perfect blend of rums and fruit juices and served it in a glass that was shaped like a Hurricane lamp. It’s been a hit ever since and is now synonymous with New Orleans and one of the things tourists usually try during their visit to the city.

Top down view of a Hurricane cocktail


  • 2 ounces Light Rum
  • 2 ounces Dark Rum
  • 2 ounces Passionfruit Juice
  • 2 ounce Orange Juice
  • 1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 ounce Grenadine

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Hurricane Cocktail Ingredients, with text labels


  1. Fill a tall glass with ice.
  2. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake for a few seconds, just enough to mix everything.
  4. Strain into your glass of ice.
4 step photo collage showing how to make a Hurricane drink

Prep Tips

  • The traditional garnish for a Hurricane drink is an orange slice and maraschino cherry. However, you can serve it with any fruit you have on hand.
  • For an extra kick, top your Hurricane with a splash of Bacardi 151. But take note, this is not a drink you want to enjoy if you’re driving anywhere…it is strong!
Completed Hurricane Cocktail with a lime garnish

Frequently Asked Questions

What Type of Glassware Should You Use for a Hurricane?

Traditionally, a Hurricane cocktail is served in a tall, curved glass, known as a Hurricane Glass. Yep, the hurricane glass is named after the hurricane drink!

A hurricane glass holds a lot of liquid: 20 fluid ounces, or just a little less than a Venti sized drink at Starbucks.

However, you can really serve your Hurricane cocktail in any type of glass you like. We used a pint glass, which holds up to 16 fluid ounces. I would imagine that not every home bartender has a full line of specialized glassware at their disposal, so I wanted to make sure that we show other options.

What Does Passionfruit Taste Like?

Passionfruit is a sweet tropical fruit, with just a hint of tartness. Some say it tastes a bit like a pear, some say pineapple, but really passionfruit is its own thing!

You should be able to find passionfruit at most grocery stores these days. However, in a pinch you could substitute with another fruit juice or a blend that includes passionfruit. It wouldn’t technically be a Hurricane without passionfruit juice, but it would still be a delicious rum punch!

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A Hurricane glass filled with Hurricane cocktail

Hurricane Cocktail Recipe

A New Orleans classic, the Hurricane Cocktail packs a punch with a double serving of rum and a sweet blend of fruit juices.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Hurricane, Hurricane Cocktail, lime, Malibu Rum Punch, orange juice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 396kcal
Author: Stacey
Cost: $10


  • Cocktail Shaker and Strainer


  • 2 ounces Light Rum
  • 2 ounces Dark Rum
  • 2 ounces Passionfruit Juice
  • 2 ounce Orange Juice
  • 1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 ounce Grenadine


  • Fill a tall glass with ice.
  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
    Hurricane Step by Step Photos
  • Shake for a few seconds, just enough to mix everything.
  • Strain into your glass of ice.


Recipe intended for readers 21+
Nutrition information is an estimate only. 


Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 527IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

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