The Original Hurricane

This year do yourself a favor and sample the original version of this classic New Orleans cocktail. A true hurricane does not contain grenadine, pineapple juice, or vodka. It is not made from a mix. It is not served in a giant plastic cup. The original hurricane had three ingredients: dark rum, passion fruit syrup, and lemon juice. That’s it.

makes 1 cocktail

drink the original hurricane


2 oz dark rum
1 oz passion fruit syrup
1 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice


Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice. Shake and strain into an ice-filled glass. (The original recipe calls for crushed ice, but we prefer this with cubed, since the drink doesn’t get diluted as quickly.) Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

So what if you want to make a whole pitcher of hurricanes? I’m glad you asked.

The Original Hurricane (pitcher drink recipe)

serves 12


1 bottle (750 mL) dark rum
1 1/2 cups passion fruit syrup
1 1/2 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 cup of ice


Combine all ingredients, including the ice, in a pitcher. Stir to mix the ingredients. Allow to sit for at least 15 minutes before serving to allow the ice to melt into the drink. Prepare for a good party.

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