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, some New Orleans bars 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 over the years, bartenders have added and swapped many ingredients.
Some add amaretto, orange juice, Grenadine, or even gin or vodka. Unlike, say, a Gin Martini which is considered to be a perfected recipe, this is one of those cocktails bartenders enjoy putting their own twists on.
And so should you. Your perfect Hurricane may differ from someone else’s. Play around with the recipe and come up with your own perfect recipe.
You can feel free to tinker with the amounts and put your own signature twist on this drink. Try it with orange juice, or passion fruit juice instead of syrup. Get creative!
Whichever way you go, the passion fruit makes this drink unique among cocktails, and tasty as can be. If you opt for for passion fruit juice, you’ll probably need the simple syrup to counteract its tartness.
Some people feel the homemade version of passion fruit syrup can taste fresher and add something special to the drink. If you’re torn between using fresh juice and a bottled syrup, making your own syrup could be the answer.
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 hot, lazy 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. They’re more complex than you might think from looking at the recipe.
It’s a perfect drink to enjoy by the pool or on a picnic. Or on the patio while you catch up on some reading.
Passion fruit has a very distinctive, tart flavor. Most people love it, which makes this a great drink to serve at parties.
You can also make this drink big-batch style. Make a big pitcher and keep it in the refrigerator to serve to guests as they run out.