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Happy Hour: Hurricane

Photograph by Daniel Montoya

With Fat Tuesday coming up, it's only fitting that this week's Happy Hour recipe is inspired by New Orleans. This cocktail, called the Hurricane, is the NOLA drink of choice. This recipe hails from a handy cocktail recipe book we've discovered called The Essential Bar Book, which quite literally has everything you need to know about making great cocktails...and what goes in them. The mix of sweet rum and passion fruit will immediately transport you to the Big Easy, at least mentally. So even if you can't make it to Bourbon Street this year, you can still celebrate accordingly.

Regardless of its exact origins (either New York’s Hurricane Club or New Orleans’s Pat O’Brien’s), most agree that this powerful fruity drink—a mix of rum, passion fruit syrup, and lime juice— was popularized by Pat O’Brien at his eponymous bar in New Orleans in the 1940s, when a raging war in Europe meant Caribbean rum was much easier to come by than the previously preferred whiskey or Cognac. The iconic billowy glass, and thus the drink’s name, was a nod to old-fashioned hurricane lamps.

RECIPE: Hurricane

Yields 1 cocktail


  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce passionfruit syrup
  • Garnish: orange wheel and brandied cherry

Glassware: hurricane


  1. Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  2. Strain into a hurricane glass over crushed ice. Garnish with an orange wheel and a brandied cherry.

Reprinted with permission from The Essential Bar Book, by Jennifer Fiedler, copyright 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House LLC.

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