Hurricane is a simple cocktail made with a mix of rum, passion fruit and lemon juice. The history of the Hurricane cocktail is an enticing tale of demand and supply, helping Hurricane cocktail emerging as one of the most popular drinks of the United States.

It is believed that the first prototype of the cocktail was served at the 1939 New York World’s Fair in Queens, in a pub named Hurricane Bar. There isn’t much known about the drink other than that, it was an alcoholic concoction which included rum, and was served in a Hurricane drinkware (lamp shaped glass).

The most popular legend behind the creation of the drink can be traced back to Pat O’Brien’s, a bar in New Orleans, America. The drink was created owing to the needs of time and the bar itself was established during the Prohibition Era, as a well-known speakeasy. In the mid 1940’s, shortly after World War 2 ended, there was an immense shortage of the two favourite liquors of the country that was bourbon and Scotch whisky. However, rum was plentiful, and many bartenders started experimenting with the liquor.

It is said that the alcohol market during that time was filled with so much rum, that the distributors got creative and offered various deals with the liquor. One of the deals was that bars could buy one case of Whiskey in exchange of multiple cases of rum. Since the Americans loved whiskey and most popular cocktails were made with them, the bars had no choice but to comply, however the abundance of rum got out of hand. This is when Pat O’Brien’s owner did what he could do to sell off (less popular) rum. He decided to add a variety of tropical fruit juices with rum, which led to the invention of the classic Hurricane Cocktail. Although, many believed it was the head bartender Louis Culligan who created this delicious cocktail. It was Culligan who published the original Hurricane recipe in the defunct Cabaret magazine around 1956.

The drink has an exotic touch to it due its tropical elements. You can try making this cocktail at home for a relaxing evening. Hurricane cocktail can be put together in a jiffy with this simple recipe.

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  • 120 ml dark rum
  • 60 ml passion fruit juice
  • 60 ml orange juice
  • 60 ml lemon juice
  • Orange peel or slice, garnish
  • A handful of ice


1. Add all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and then shake it well. Strain the mixture into a hurricane glass.

2. Lastly, garnish the cocktail with an orange slice.

Your Hurricane Cocktail is ready.