What's In a Hurricane?

Cyd Converse

Need to know what's in a hurricane cocktail? Here's everything you need to know to include this fun and refreshing drink on your next party menu!

If you're looking for the perfect fruity cocktail for your next party, then you'll need to know what's in a Hurricane - that delightfully tropical drink that is a big favorite in New Orleans!

A Hurricane is basically a combination of dark and light rum, plus passion fruit and citrus juices (this recipe uses lime but you can use lemon instead).

It is served in a Hurricane glass - so called because it is the same shape as a hurricane lamp.

Hurricane Cocktail Photo

Where did the Hurricane come from?

The Hurricane was invented in Pat O'Brien's bar in New Orleans, during World War II. 

Stories of the reason for its creation are mixed - some say that O'Brien was forced to buy a particularly large supply of rum and made this cocktail in order to use it up. Others say it was made with rum because whiskey was in short supply at the time.

Whatever the reason, it proved to be a popular drink and is still enjoyed in Pat O'Brien's bar today - and all over the rest of the Unted States too!

Hurricane Cocktail Picture

Can't find passion fruit juice or nectar?

The one ingredient in this cocktail that can prove to be elusive is the passion fruit juice or nectar. The best solution if you can't find any is to simply take the juice from a few ripe passion fruits. 

To do this, cut the passion fruits in half and scoop out the flesh. Place it straight into a blender, along with some water (about 1/2 quart for 3 passion fruits) and sugar to taste. 

Blend thoroughly until the seeds break up as much as possible, then strain before use.

How to make a simple syrup

This recipe calls for a simple syrup - which is (as its name suggests) very easy to make!

To prepare a batch of simple syrup for this and future recipes, just bring a cup of water to the boil in a small saucepan.

How to Make Simple Syrup Image

Add 2 cups of sugar and keep stirring until all the sugar has melted.

Then, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat and allow to cool. The mixture will thicken. Just pour it into a bottle and store in the refrigerator, where it will keep for up to one month.

If you like this recipe, why not try this delicious Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cocktail too?


What's In a Hurricane?

  1 Servings


  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 ounces White Rum
  • 2 ounces Dark Rum
  • 2 fluid ounces Passion Fruit Nectar, or Passion Fruit Juice
  • 1 ounce Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 tablespoon Simple Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Grenadine Syrup


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the juice from half a lime.
  2. Pour the rest of the ingredients into the shaker.
  3. Shake well, until the outside of the cocktail shaker looks frosty.
  4. Strain into your ice-filled hurricane glass!
  5. Garnish with the fruit pieces of your choice.
Source: The Spruce Eats
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Author: Cyd Converse
Source: The Spruce Eats
Recipe Yields: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 0
Calories 379

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 2mg
Total Carbohydrate 27g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 26g
Protein 0g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.

Cyd is a native of Upstate New York, born to a family of women who love to cook and host parties. She shares her love of all things food, home and entertaining on her blog, The Sweetest Occasion and on Instagram.

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