Hurricane Cocktail Recipe

Hurricane Cocktail is a tropical cocktail with a long history from New Orleans in the 1940s. It is said to have been invented at Pat O’Brien’s Bar in the French Quarter, where a surplus of rum led to the creation of this sweet and fruity concoction. Hurricane is famous for its striking red color and delightful flavor, making it a favorite on warm weather occasions.

Hurricane Cocktail Recipe

Hurricane Cocktails Recipe

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 drink
Calories 250 kcal


  • Hurricane glasses (13 oz or larger)
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Jigger or measuring tools
  • Crushed ice maker or mallet and bag
  • Straws


  • 1 oz Passion fruit syrup
  • 1 oz Lemon juice
  • 1 oz Jamaican rum
  • 1 oz Dark rum
  • Crushed ice
  • Pineapple fronds and a cocktail umbrella for garnish


  • Add the passion fruit syrup to the hurricane glass.
    1 oz Passion fruit syrup
  • Follow with the citrus juices lemon juice
    1 oz Lemon juice
  • Pour in the rums, choosing Jamaican and dark rum
    1 oz Jamaican rum, 1 oz Dark rum
  • Fill the glass with crushed ice, packing it down.
    Crushed ice
  • Give the mixture a gentle stir to combine the ingredients.
  • Garnish with pineapple fronds and a cocktail umbrella.
    Pineapple fronds and a cocktail umbrella for garnish
  • Add straws and enjoy your hurricanes!



Pro Tips for Success:

  • Experiment with different rum combinations to find your preferred flavor profile.
  • If you need help finding passion fruit syrup, consider using a store-bought alternative like Libra and Company Passionfruit Syrup.
  • Adjust the sweetness by varying the grenadine or passion fruit syrup quantity.
  • Crushed ice works well, but feel free to use other types of ice, depending on your preference.
  • Have fun with your garnishes; hurricanes are all about the tropical vibe!

Nutritional Information (approximate):

  • Calories: 250-300 kcal per serving (may vary based on ingredients and garnishes).
  • Alcohol content: Approximately 2.5 oz of alcohol per serving, equivalent to two standard drinks. Enjoy responsibly!
Keyword Hurricane Cocktail Recipe

What’s the difference between a Hurricane and a Mai Tai?

CharacteristicHurricaneMai Tai
OriginNew Orleans, USATrader Vic’s, California, USA
Base SpiritRum (often dark)Rum (typically light and dark)
Flavor ProfileSweet and fruityBalanced, combining sweet, sour, and nutty
Citrus ComponentCitrus juices (e.g., lime, orange)Lime juice
SweetenersPassion fruit syrup, grenadineOrgeat syrup and simple syrup
GarnishOften garnished with fruit and an umbrellaMint sprig and lime wheel
ColorTypically red or vibrant due to grenadine or passion fruit syrupLight amber to dark brown
Signature GlassHurricane glassMai Tai glass or rock glass
HistoryInvented to use surplus rum in the 1940s, it became popular at Pat O’Brien’s BarCreated by Trader Vic in the 1940s, it aimed for a more sophisticated, balanced cocktail.
VariationsVarious recipes with different rum combinationsVariations include the classic Trader Vic’s recipe and modern versions
TasteSweet, fruity, and often boozyBalanced, complex, and nutty with a hint of citrus
PopularityWell-known and loved in New Orleans and tiki cultureA classic tiki cocktail is known worldwide

The Hurricane is known for its vibrant red color and sweet, fruity taste, often associated with New Orleans and tiki culture. In contrast, the Mai Tai is a more balanced and complex cocktail, featuring light and dark rums, nutty orgeat syrup, and citrusy lime juice. Each drink has its unique charm and place in tropical cocktails.

Which rum is most useful for making a hurricane cocktail?

Dark or aged rum is the most commonly used for making a Hurricane cocktail. This choice of rum adds depth and richness to the cocktail’s flavor profile. While there isn’t a single “must-use” brand, here are some popular dark or aged rum options that work well in Hurricane cocktails:

  • Gosling’s Black Seal Rum: A dark, rich rum from Bermuda known for its full-bodied flavor.
  • Myers’s Original Dark Rum: A Jamaican dark rum with a sweet, molasses-like flavor.
  • Appleton Estate Reserve Blend: A Jamaican-aged rum with a smooth, fruity profile.
  • Pusser’s Navy Rum: A British Virgin Islands rum with a rich, spiced character.
  • Zaya Gran Reserva Rum: A Guatemalan rum with notes of vanilla and caramel.
  • Mount Gay Eclipse Rum: A Barbadian rum with a balanced and flavorful profile.
  • El Dorado 12-Year-Old Rum: A Guyanese rum known for its complex and mellow taste.

These rums bring flavor notes to your Hurricane cocktail so that you can choose one based on your taste preferences. Some recipes even call for a blend of light and dark rum for added complexity. Experiment with different rums to find your favorite combination.