The popular Hurricane Cocktail is easily recognisable by its vibrant red colour, curved tall glass, and orange slice and cocktail cherry garnish.
The cocktail was first invented in the early 1940s by Pat O’Brien’s Bar in New Orleans. It is said that the bar created the cocktail due to their surplus of rum, explaining its large rum quantity!
Pat O’Brien’s Bar, New Orleans
Why did the bar have so much rum?
After World War II, brandy, gin, and whisky supplies were short, but rum was readily available. To secure a case of bourbon, Scotch or rye, bar owners like O’Brien were forced to purchase them alongside larger quantities of less-desired spirits like rum. With gallons of rum stocked in their bar, they began experimenting ways to create a cocktail that could incorporate their surplus of sugarcane spirit…eventually the Hurricane Cocktail was born. Quickly, the very alcoholic drink became a hit with sailors, and became a signature of both the bar and the city of New Orleans.
Still today the fun-loving New Orleans bar continues to serve their cocktail, selling more than half a million glasses every year. They have even created a Hurricane Cocktail mix full of all the fruity flavours that just need to be added to the rum.
The bar's Hurricane Cocktail consists of two types of rum, a dark rum and a light rum, as well as lime juice, orange juice, passion fruit puree, grenadine and a dash of simple syrup. It is served in an iconic tall and curved vessel glass which was inspired by the hurricane lamp. However, the cocktail can also be spotted being sipped from a red disposable plastic cup, as it tends to be a punchy hit with teenage parties.
A Beeble Honey Rum Hurricane Cocktail
Our Beeble version of the sweet, fruity and boozy cocktail only uses one type of rum (of course being our very own Beeble Honey Rum). Our recipe also excludes the simple syrup since our Beeble Honey Rum already has the perfect touch of natural sweetness, and we don’t think it requires a drop more.
Ingredients (for two glasses)
- 100ml Beeble Honey Rum
- 1 passion fruit
- 1 orange , juiced
- 1 lemon , juiced
- 2 tsp grenadine
- 4 cocktail cherries
- 2 orange slices
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add your Beeble Rum.
- Scoop the flesh and seeds from the passion fruit and add to the shaker along with the orange and lemon juices, sugar syrup and grenadine.
- Shake well until the outside of the cocktail shaker feels icy cold.
- Fill two hurricane glasses with fresh ice then double strain the drink into the prepared glasses.
- Garnish each one with an orange slice skewered onto a cocktail stick and a couple of cocktail cherries.