hurricane drink

If you can’t make it to the French Quarter to indulge in a hurricane or two this Mardi Gras, fear not. Hurricanes are a relatively simple concoction that amateur mixologists can whip up at home or wherever they’re spending Mardi Gras this year.

According to, hurricanes can be traced to New Orleans tavern owner Pat O’Brien, who dreamt up the boozy concoction in the 1940s. Legend has it that O’Brien needed a way to offload the rum he was forced to purchase from local distributors. The now beloved concoction known as the hurricane, so called because it was initially served in hurricane lamp-shaped glasses, is now available at various establishments throughout the French Quarter. That includes Pat O’Brien’s Bar, which has been open since 1933.

When celebrating Mardi Gras this year, this recipe for Hurricanes, courtesy of, can help you get in the spirit of this festive occasion.


2 ounces white rum        

2 ounces dark rum

1 ounce lime juice        

1 ounce orange juice

2 ounces passion fruit juice

1⁄2 ounce simple syrup  

1⁄2 ounce Grenadine   

Garnish: 1 orange wheel and cherry

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a large Hurricane glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with an orange half-wheel and a cherry.

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