The Historic Hurricane: A Recipe for Success

by October 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm 1,359 0

From Namita Koppa. Email her at namita[AT]

The Hurricane was created at Pat O’Brien’s bar in New Orleans.  In the 1940s, some liqueurs – whiskey, scotch, and bourbon – were in very short supply. Rum, however, was readily accessible and purchasing large quantities of rum allowed bartenders access to other liqueurs. To use up this surplus of rum, Pat O’Brien created the Hurricane and served it in a glass modeled after the hurricane lamp. The cocktail itself has no real connection to the hurricane weather phenomenon, other than originating in New Orleans, where hurricanes occur.


Pat O’Brien in New Orleans. (Luis Gomez Photos)


  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1/4 oz grenadine
  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz light rum
  • 1/2 oz Bacardi® 151 rum
  • 1 oz amaretto almond liqueur
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • grapefruit juice
  • pineapple juice


Fill a hurricane glass (or any tall glass) 3/4 full with ice.
Pour all the alcohols in first, then follow with equal parts of grapefruit and pineapple juice.

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