Hurricane Cocktail History

Sure, you’ve heard of it and may have even tried one. But do you know the history of the Hurricane cocktail? In the 1940’s during World War II liquor was hard to come by in the United States, just like everything else. The only thing we could get a lot of was cheap rum from the Caribbean islands. So bars ordered a lot of it. The owners of Pat O’Brien’s in New Orleans knew how to use it. They experimented with their patrons and bartenders to come up with a recipe to make use of all that rum.

Hurricane Cocktail History
Original location of Pat O’Brien’s in the French Quarter

A Drink For The Ages

What they invented they called the Hurricane. It was one of the first speciality drinks ever created and remains highly popular today. At first, they served it in a highball glass. Then changed it after feedback from customers to the current glass shaped like a hurricane lamp. Visitors to New Orleans always have this drink on their “must do” lists. Want to try it at home as many New Orleanians did the past few months? The recipe is below.

2 oz. light rum

2 oz. dark rum

1 oz. orange juice

2 oz. passion fruit juice

1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon simple syrup

1 tablespoon grenadine

Garnish: orange slice and cherry

First shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Second, strain into a hurricane glass filled with ice. Then garnish with a cherry and an orange slice. Finally, enjoy!

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