Hurricane (cocktail)

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Made it to Pat O'Brien's for lunch and a hurricane.jpg
A hurricane served in the typical glass at Pat O'Brien's, New Orleans
Primary alcohol by volume
Served"On the rocks"; poured over ice
Standard drinkwarehurricane lamp–shaped glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationShake ingredients with ice, then pour into the glass and serve over ice.

The Hurricane cocktail is a sweet alcoholic drink made with rum, lemon juice, and passion fruit syrup.[1] It is one of many popular drinks served in New Orleans. It is traditionally served in the tall, curvy eponymous "hurricane glass". Disposable plastic cups are also used because New Orleans laws permit drinking in public and leaving a bar with a drink but prohibit public drinking from glass containers.[2]


The creation of the passion fruit–flavored relative of the daiquiri is credited to New Orleans tavern owner Pat O'Brien.[3] The bar allegedly started as a speakeasy called Mr. O'Brien's Club Tipperary and the password was "storm's brewin'".[3]

In the 1940s, O'Brien needed to create a new drink to help him get rid of all of the less-popular rum that local distributors forced him to buy before he could get a few cases of more popular liquors such as scotch and other whiskeys.[4][5] He poured the concoction into hurricane lamp–shaped glasses and gave it away to sailors. The drink caught on, and it has been a mainstay in the French Quarter ever since.

See also[edit]

A Hurricane in a disposable plastic cup


  1. ^ Berry, Jeff (2010). Beachbum Berry Remixed. San Diego: Club Tiki Press. p. 56.
  2. ^ "French Quarter Frequently Asked Questions". Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Denise Gee (2007). Southern Cocktails: Dixie Drinks, Party Potions, and Classic Libations. p. 37. ISBN 0811852431.
  4. ^ McNulty, Ian. "Drinking in History: Classic Cocktails and Modern Thirsts in the French Quarter". Retrieved 2006-10-06.
  5. ^ Lind, Angus. "Home of the 'Hurricane' Pat O'Brien's turns 75 this week". Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2009-06-19.