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Hurricane Cocktail Recipe (New Orleans Classic)

Nothing gets the party started like a Hurricane cocktail!

It’s fruity, it’s boozy, and it’s no joke. A whirl of a libation, it’s a potent concoction with a big rum punch. 

Hurricane Cocktail Recipe (New Orleans Classic) featuring Close Up of New Orleans Hurricane Cocktail Garnished with Orange Slice and Cherry
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If boozy and sweet sippers are your thing, this cocktail is for you. 

It’s a fruity, rum-based New Orleans classic that’s ready to have some fun. Careful, though, this cocktail drinks like juice. So it can sneak up on you. 

Mardis Gras, cocktail hour, or summer vacay, the Hurricane cocktail is the one to make.

What Is a Hurricane Cocktail?

The Hurricane cocktail is a fruity, high-octane drink. 

It has two types of rum with passion fruit, orange, and lime juices. A splash of grenadine and simple syrup are in there, too.

Wondering why all the rum? I have the answer to that. First, it’s delicious. Second, it’s the reason behind the beverage.

This famous New Orleans cocktail was born in the 1940s. And it results from a surplus of rum. 

The story goes that the famous Pat O’Brien’s bar found themselves with too much rum. So they did a little experimenting and came up with The Hurricane.

With so much juice and booze, it’s a party in a glass! So next time you feel like letting loose, call up your pals and mix a round or two.

Two Hurricane Cocktails Served in Poco Grande Glasses, Garnished with A Cherry, Lime Wheel, and Orange Wheel on a Gray Platter with Cherries, Limes, and Oranges All Around the Platter


With a name like The Hurricane, you know this isn’t a two-ingredient cocktail

You will need plenty of rum, a handful of juices, and some cocktail staples.

Here’s the list of everything:

  • Rum- Traditionally, this cocktail calls for light and dark rum. Each rum has a unique flavor that completes the drink.
  • Passion Fruit Juice- Sweet and sour, passion fruit juice gives the cocktail a lovely tropical flavor. If you can’t find it, use pineapple juice.
  • Orange Juice- Use fresh if you can. Otherwise, use a store-bought brand that’s not full of additives. 
  • Lime Juice- Use freshly squeezed for a flavor enhancer.
  • Grenadine- Add a splash for color and sweetness.
  • Simple Syrup.- It’s optional, but I recommend it for a sweet beverage.
  • Orange Slice- Use an orange wheel half for a garnish.
  • Maraschino Cherry- Another fun garnish for this fabulous drink. 

How to Make a Hurricane Drink

I know the ingredients list is a little long. But the process is simple. Seriously, you can make this cocktail in just three steps. 

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Here’s how:

1. Shake. Pour the rums, passion fruit juice, orange juice, lime juice, and grenadine into a cocktail shaker packed with ice. Add simple syrup if using. Shake for 30 seconds or until chilled.

2. Strain. Strain the contents into a hurricane glass. Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry.

3. Serve. Serve and sip!

Two Hurricane Cocktails Garnished with Cherry, Lime, and Orange Slice

Tips and Tricks

Follow these helpful tips and tricks when making this drink:

  • Adjust the simple syrup. This ingredient is optional. Adjust it depending on your preference and the sweetness of the passion fruit. You can also skip it.
  • Fresh juice is the best juice. Always go for fresh-squeezed orange and lime juices. They make the cocktail taste so much better than the store-bought stuff.
  • Shake well. Shake for at least 20 seconds. This chills, dilutes, and mixes the ingredients properly.
  • Use pulp-free juice. Nobody wants a chunky cocktail! So, use pulp-free juices if you’re taking the store-bought route. Likewise, strain out the pulp if using fresh.
  • Try different garnishes. Garnish with a pineapple wedge or a sprig of mint for added tropical flair.
  • Pour it into a hurricane glassThe curvy glass is a classic touch! If you don’t have one, any tall glass will do. 
  • Use a jigger. This handy bartending tool helps you pour the correct ratios. Use one so you don’t accidentally over-pour the rum.

Hurricane Drink Variations 

Is The Hurricane your kind of drink? Then try these variations!

  • Mix up the juices. Pineapple, pomegranate, cranberry- try different mixes to see what you like. 
  • Adjust its strength. Use only 1 ounce each of light and dark rum for a less stiff drink. For a potent drink, use 3 ounces of each.
  • Use honey syrup. Swap out the regular simple syrup for honey syrup as a natural sweetener. Just warm equal parts honey and water, then stir until dissolved. 
  • Make it a mocktail. Leave out the rum and replace grenadine with cherry juice. Add sparkling water or club soda if you want to dilute it. 
  • Try a frozen hurricane. Add all the ingredients to a blender with ice. Then blend until you reach a frozen, frosty consistency.

Hurricane Cocktail Recipe (New Orleans Classic)




This Hurricane cocktail is a force to be reckoned with! It’s fruity, boozy, and goes down dangerously easy. Make it in under 5 minutes, with just 8 ingredients.


  • Ice

  • 2 ounces light rum

  • 2 ounces dark rum

  • 3 ounces passion fruit juice

  • 3 ounces orange juice

  • 1/2 ounce lime juice

  • 1/2 ounce grenadine

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (optional)

  • Orange slice and maraschino cherry for garnish


  • Combine the light rum, dark rum, passion fruit juice, orange juice, lime juice, grenadine, and simple syrup (if using) in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until well chilled.
  • Strain the mixture into a large hurricane glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Hurricane Cocktail

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