Hurricanes were invented in New Orleans by bar owner Pat O’Brien during World War II when there was a limited supply of whiskey. In order to purchase a single case, liquor salesmen forced bar owners to purchase up to 50 cases of rum, which was plentiful. Looking for a way to use all his rum, Pat came up the Hurricane, named after the shape of the glass he served it in. There are many variations on the recipe, and this one is our favorite as it isn’t overly sweet.

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New Orleans Hurricane Cocktails

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  • Yield: 1 1x


  • 1 1/2 oz. light rum
  • 1 1/2 oz. dark rum
  • 1 oz. fresh orange juice
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice (or fresh lime juice)
  • 2 oz. passion fruit juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • grenadine to taste
  • 1 maraschino cherry, for garnish
  • 1 orange wheel, for garnish


  1. Shake and strain into an ice-filled Hurricane glass. Add garnishes and a long straw.



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Hi, I'm Lee.

I am inspired by my mother, Sally’s, love of cooking and entertaining to gather friends and family together over great meals and conversation. In fact, I held my first dinner party at the age of 16. Throughout the years, I’ve provided recipes, menu advice and cooking tips to friends seeking uncomplicated and delicious ideas for home entertaining.

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