The Hurricane drink is a very sweet rum-based fruity cocktail that originated in the French Quarter in New Orleans. It’s traditionally served in a – you guessed it – hurricane glass, but because New Orleans law permits people to leave bars with drinks in hand, New Orleans bars often serve it in a plastic cup.
The traditional recipe is actually pretty simple – just two kinds of rum, some passion fruit syrup and lime juice. But it’s the passion fruit syrup that makes this one unique among cocktails, and tasty as can be. You can buy your passion fruit syrup, or you can make your own if you prefer. Some people feel the homemade version can taste fresher and add something special to the drink. But be forewarned: passion fruit can be impossible to find in some regions, and very expensive if you do find it.
The Hurricane is associated with partying, but it’s also a lovely drink for sipping on a long, hot afternoon. The crushed ice keeps it nice and cold, and the flavors in the drink are strong enough to stand up to a little watering down.
You’ll notice the ratios in the recipe aren’t all that specific. You can feel free to tinker with the amounts and put your own signature twist on this drink. This is the classic recipe, but others add an ounce of orange juice or amaretto, or a tablespoon of Grenadine, or even gin or vodka. Unlike, say, a martini which is considered to be a perfect recipe not to be futzed with, this is one of those cocktails that bartenders enjoy making their own, and so should you. Your perfect Hurricane may differ from someone else’s.