The Hurricane cocktail is a sweet alcoholic drink made with rum, lemon juice, and passion fruit syrup. The first version of the cocktail is believed to have been served at the 1939 New York World’s Fair in Queens at the Hurricane Bar. However, in popular culture, the drink is traced back to New Orleans where it is widely known. Back in the mid-1940s, when there was a shortage of bourbon and scotch whiskey, Rum was plentiful and highly concentrated in New Orleans as ships from the Caribbeans typically arrived at their ports. As the story goes, Benson “Pat” O’Brien and his partner Charlie Cantrell, decided to develop a new cocktail to help use the excess Rum they had. Other sources state it was the head bartender, Louis Culligan, who invented the cocktail. In either case, it was Culligan who published the original Hurricane recipe in the now-defunct Cabaret magazine.


  • 4 oz Rum
  • 2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 2 oz Passion Fruit Syrup (Fassionola)
  • Garnish: Orange Wedge and a Cherry


The cocktail caught the attention of many because of its signature Hurricane glass. This iconic glass was modeled after the shape of the Hurricane lantern, which quickly became a favored New Orleans souvenir. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Next, shake and strain into a Hurricane glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.


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