Hurricane Cocktail

Fat Tuesday is on Feb. 28, and the weekend will be filled with Mardi Gras parties across the southern United States. That means beads, parades, floats, and King’s Cake with a little baby Jesus. It’s also an excuse to drink New Orleans-style this weekend with Hurricane cocktails.

The Hurricane cocktail may or may not have been invented in New Orleans. Today, though, it’s a modern Big Easy classic, whether you’re in the French Quarter or cruising down Bourbon Street. And rightfully so. The tropical juices cut the near-constant Louisiana heat and the intoxicating rum will have you feeling just right — especially if just right means cheering on your favorite Krewes as they parade on by.

Don’t feel left out if you’re not in New Orleans or the various other Mardi Gras celebrations happening in the South. It’s always Hurricane season in the West, and even the North can get in the Mardi Gras spirit this year. Because even though Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicted more winter, warmer days are already here.

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One statement of warning for this weekend’s drink: Don’t sleep on the Hurricane. It may be sweet and fruity, but it’s rum-punch strong.


What You’ll Need

  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce passion fruit nectar
  • .5 ounce simple syrup
  • .5 ounce grenadine


Combine everything into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a Hurricane glass with ice and garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.