Grab some beads and raise those glasses, it’s Fat Tuesday! Time to kick off Mardi Gras the right way, with a Hurricane.

Ground zero for Mardi Gras is of course New Orleans and the famed Bourbon Street. But just because you can’t be there living it up, doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate! Head to your local watering hole or your kitchen, it’s time mix up the drink of New Orleans, the Hurricane.

The hurricane claims to be invented by Pat O’Brien in 1940s. As with most cocktails, the original creation is disputed. But for our purposes we’ll go with Pat O’Brien. This Hurricane lives up to its name, the cocktail is famous for getting Bourbon Street tourists a little sideways. Heavy on the rum and heavy on taste. The Hurricane will have you partying Mardi Gras style in no time.

Hurricane Recipe

  • 2oz. Dark Rum
  • 2oz. Light Rum
  • 1/20z. Lime Juice
  • 2oz. Passion Fruit Juice
  • 1oz. Mango Juice

Mixing Instructions: Pour ingredients into ice filled mixer. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with orange slices and a cherry.

I’ve seen many different recipes for the Hurricane. Some with all dark rum, some with just passion fruit for the mixer, others with orange and pineapple juice. The constants need to be rum and passion fruit juice, so that you end up with a nice red color that screams drink me. For my recipe I went with a light & dark rum combination, splash of lime, the required Passion Fruit Juice and a little Mango Juice to shake things up a bit. Sounds good right? Just wait till you taste it.

Enjoy Fat Tuesday Castaways! Let me know if you mix yourself up a Hurricane tonight. Post a photo of yours on the RSR Facebook page! We would love to see your creation!

(Lead photo from – Artist Dianne Parks)


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  1. Jorie February 21, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Yum! Does a Hurricane always have passion fruit juice? that would def. explain my fondness for them. LOVE passion fruit!
    Happy Fat Tuesday RSR!

  2. The Pirate Mommy February 21, 2012 at 9:46 am

    After two Cat 5 Hurricanes at Pat O’s a few weeks ago, I was run over by the 57 Chevy that took me by surprise. Those are the moments where you look at your drinkign companions and solemnly state “I think we need a taxi.”

    This time of the morning, I’m thinking more along the lines of a Brennan’s Brandy milk punch. Take 2oz brandy, a cup of whole milk (only whole, don’t get skinny and skimpy on this), and a teaspoon of powdered sugar and put it in a shaker with JUST A COUPLE of ice cubes. The traditional recipe says three. Shake it until it’s nice and frothy, then strain it over cracked ice. A sprinkle of nutmeg on the top, and clear out the rest of your schedule for the day.

    Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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    RumShopRyan February 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Sounds interesting Pirate Mommy! Not sure it’s something I would normally like, but I’ll try anything once! Cheers!

  4. BigKahuna February 21, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler

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