The New Orleans Hurricane Drink is the quintessential NOLA cocktail that always get the party started. Perfectly sweet, tropical, and highly addictive, they bring a little bit of The Big Easy right to your home. Serve this classic drink with Red Beans and Rice, Shrimp Po Boys, Etouffee, Gumbo, Low Country Boil and Beignets!
The BEST New Orleans Hurricane Drink Recipe
If you know me, you know about my love for all things New Orleans. Just in the last year I have traveled to NOLA over half a dozen times (and I’m still thinking about my next trip). The energy of the city is truly like none other. The live jazz on every corner, the smell of fresh Cafe du Monde beignets and the bustling antique stores all work together to make an incredible experience.
When in The Big Easy, I love to allow myself the chance to truly relax and take in the city. For as long as I’m there, whether it’s a weekend or a day, I explore the city and eat my heart out. But what better way to end the exploration than with a refreshing cocktail? A Hurricane is my kind of drink: sweet but not too sweet and served in a fun glass.
Today, I’m bringing NOLA to you! Let’s take a little trip together, shall we?
What Is A Hurricane Drink?
A Hurricane is a fruity, tropical inspired cocktail that is specific to the French Quarter of New Orleans. Locals and tourists alike enjoy this refreshing drink while strolling down Bourbon Street. A drink in one hand, a beignet in the other and two feet free to dance. Sounds like a good time to me!
Hurricanes are notoriously strong cocktails with a tangy sweetness that hides the pungent kick of the rum. Sip slowly, you’ll thank me later.
What Is The History of the Hurricane Drink Recipe?
The hurricane drink was invented in New Orleans by bar owner Pat O’Brien during World War II when the supply of whiskey nearly ran dry. To increase liquor sales, salesmen forced bar owners to purchase 50 cases of rum for every 1 case of whiskey. Pat formulated this cocktail to use up his store of rum and boy, was it a hit!
The name for the drink came from the glass it’s served in that is shaped like a hurricane lamp.
Today, you can still sit in Pat’s legendary courtyard and try out the original recipe. In fact, you can find a Hurricane almost anywhere around the city or use my recipe to have one at home!
How Can You Make the New Orleans Hurricane Drink Your Way?
There are many variations of a New Orleans Hurricane Drink Recipe so you shouldn’t be afraid to get creative with yours.
PUT A TWIST ON IT
I love to experiment with the juices that I use in my cocktail. Instead of passion fruit juice try pomegranate, guava or even pineapple.
Using a flavored rum, muddling in fresh fruit or blending your cocktail to make a frozen treat can upgrade your Hurricane to the next level!
Even finding a unique glass to serve your drink in can make it more memorable and not to mention, ready for a photo-op.
New Orleans Hurricane Drink Recipe
- Cocktail Shaker
- 2 oz light rum
- 2 oz dark rum
- 2 oz passion fruit juice
- 1 oz orange juice
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 tbsp simple syrup
- 1 tbsp grenadine
- Garnish: Orange Slice and Cherry
- Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Strain into a hurricane glass then garnish with orange slice and cherry and serve.