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Hurricane Cocktail

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Hurricane Cocktail: A bright and fruity cocktail with a generous amount of rum. Tastes like vacation in a glass!

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I love fruity brightly colored summer cocktails like Blue Lagoons and Sangria Margaritas. and  Hurricanes in real life are absolutely no fun. Keeping in mind all the people who have recently been affected, it is important to step back and take a good look at the things we take for granted in life. Your friends, your family, fluffy pets, happy memories, good food, and great drinks. Take for example, this hurricane drink! Fresh and fruity these are the perfect excuse to get together with friends!


Hurricane Cocktail Ingredients

All we need for his drink is white rum, grenadine, orange juice, and lime juice. I like using freshly squeezed as the flavor simply cannot be beat!

hurricane drink

Hurricane Drink Recipe

This hurricane drink is very simple, but so delish. It uses a combination of white rum, grenadine, fresh orange juice, and fresh lime juice. Simply take all these ingredients and place them into a cocktail shaker. Shake for approximately thirty seconds, then pour the mixture over a glass half filled with ice. If you don't have a cocktail shaker a covered mason jar will do just fine! Garnish with orange slices and maraschino cherries, and you have yourself a perfect hurricane cocktail.

hurricane drink recipe

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use dark rum?

While a traditional hurricane mixed drink is made with white rum, dark rum can absolutely be substituted. I've also used Malibu Coconut rum for a tasty tropical twist. Some people even choose to use both light and dark rum for an especially boozy mixture.

What is Grenadine?
Simply put, grenadine is a deep red, super-sweet, non-alcoholic syrup. It is traditionally made from pomegranates. It’s used in both classic and modern cocktails like the tequila sunrise, a Shirley Temple, and the sea breeze.

Where can I find grenadine?
You can find grenadine at any supermarket. It will most likely be in the aisle containing drink mixers, ginger beer, club soda, and tonic. ABC stores usually carry it in stock, as well.

For you adventurous types, you can make your own grenadine at home with two ingredients! Using equal parts sugar and pure (unsweetened) pomegranate juice. Bring the two items to a boil in a pot or sauce pan. Cook just until the sugar dissolves, about one minute.  Yes, it’s that simple! You can also add lime juice or rose water if you would like, but it’s not mandatory. The mixture should keep in the fridge for about a month. Making your own grenadine is no required for this drink, but is is a fun twist.

Can you make it into a frozen/blended drink?
This twist is almost as popular as the regular hurricane cocktail! Using the same ingredients, pour into a blender with some ice, and blend until slushy. I also like to add fresh pineapple juice to this particular recipe. SO refreshing on hot summer days.

History of the Hurricane Cocktail

The hurricane drink recipe is thought to be a New Orleans classic,  stemming from the infamous Pat O’Brien’s on Bourbon Street. After World War II, rum was in high stock, but low demand. As suppliers couldn’t seem to get rid of it, they made a deal with bars that for every bottle of Scotch they bought, they also had to buy a (very cheap) case of rum. With so much rum, bartenders had to figure out a way to use it all (and make it appealing to patrons!). The O’Brien’s bartender at the time, Louis Culligan, published the first hurricane recipe in an issue of Cabaret magazine. The name “hurricane” most likely came from the strength of the drink as well as the first vessel the drink was sold in – a glass piece of a curved hurricane lamp.

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Hurricane Cocktail

Hurricane Cocktail: A bright and fruity cocktail with a generous amount of rum. Tastes like vacation in a glass!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 Drink
Calories: 183kcal

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  • 2 Ounces White Rum
  • ½ Ounce Grenadine
  • ½ Ounce Orange Juice Freshly Squeezed
  • ½ Ounce Lime Juice Freshly Squeezed
  • Orange Slices and Maraschino Cherries If Desired To Garnish
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  • Fill a glass around halfway full with ice.
  • In a cocktail shaker or mason jar, combine rum, grenadine, orange juice, and lime juice. Shake until combined.
  • Garnish with an orange slice or maraschino cherry if desired.


Calories: 183kcal
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Recipe adapted via Louisiana Cookin 


Overall, this best hurricane drink is never far from my lips. It is a classic that cannot be beat. Also, it is perfect for those vacation vibes even if you're sitting on couch binging Netflix! Cheers!

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  1. 5 stars
    This was the perfect drink. It tastes like vacation, Its near December but the weather here in our country it is still a bit hot and the drink was perfect!