Don’t let the delicious sweet fruity taste of Hurricanes lull you into a false sense of security because, like their namesake, these cocktails pack a potent punch!
There are probably as many versions of Hurricanes as there are Mardi Gras celebrations. But the original Hurricanes were made with only three ingredients: gold rum, lemon juice, and passion fruit juice or syrup.
What is a hurricane drink?
Hurricanes are New Orleans’ most famous cocktail and a favorite of party-goers celebrating Mardi Gras. And no, I’m not talking about the windy weather phenomenon that periodically sweeps through the Gulf Coast. I’m talking about a delicious and fun drink, the Hurricane Cocktail, which is full of rum and fruit juices.
Hurricane Cocktails were first created at the legendary Pat O’ Brien’s Bar in New Orleans in the 1940s as a creative way of utilizing large stocks of rum. Legend has it that the Hurricane got its name because the cocktail was first served in the glass piece of a hurricane lamp. And, as they say, the rest is history.
Mardi Gras recipes:
Other traditional Mardi Gras recipes on my blog include:
- Easy Mardi Gras Hot Muffaletta Dip
- Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
- Classic Cajun Dirty Rice with Sausage
- Creamy Shrimp Creole
- Mardi Gras Snack Mix
- Old Fashioned Pecan Pralines
Need more ideas to celebrate Mardi Gras, check out my roundup post: Ten + Classic Mardi Gras Recipes and Menu Ideas.
My easy drink recipe is a slightly different variation of the original because, in addition to gold rum and passion fruit juice, I add grenadine, orange juice, lime juice, and simple syrup.
How to make it:
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker along with some crushed ice and shake well.
Pour into a glass and garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.
This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to make as much as you need.
Easy Hurricane Cocktail Recipe - A Mardi Gras Favorite
- 2 oz light rum
- 2 oz dark or gold rum
- 2 oz passion fruit juice or syrup
- 1 oz orange juice
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 Tbsp simple syrup
- 1 Tbsp grenadine
- Optional, sliced orange and cherry for garnish
- Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with crushed ice. Strain and pour into a glass. Add an orange slice and a cherry for garnish.