Featured Cocktail: Classic Hurricane

Hurricane Cocktail Recipe at The Liquor Barn

Mardi Gras is right around the corner, so even if you’re here in snowy Colorado, why not enjoy a tasty Fat Tuesday treat?  While the Hurricane has inspired many variations, the creation of the original Hurricane is typically credited to New Orleans tavern owner Pat O’Brien.  Back in the 1940’s, the rationing of Scotch and Whiskey for the war effort made these popular spirits a rare commodity. Many liquor salespersons forced bar and liquor store owners to purchase up to 50 cases of rum in order to secure one case of the much more in-demand liquors such as scotch or whiskey.  Faced with a massive surplus of Rum, O’Brien decided to create a tasty cocktail that would popularize rum (or at least get rid of a lot of it).  The resulting cocktail was an instant hit, and has since become as much a part of New Orleans legend as Mardi Gras debauchery.

You might assume that the name “hurricane” refers to the frequent destructive storms that hit New Orleans all too frequently.  While it is a passing reference, the name actually comes from the fact that the drink was originally served in glasses shaped like hurricane lamp shades.

Please, never pick up a Hurricane lamp and drink what’s inside!

New Orleans’s rowdy nightlife has made metal and glass containers on the street a no-no, so you’re more likely to see Hurricanes served in this less glamorous vessel.

So now that you’re an expert on this tasty mix, why not make some?  As we said, there are LOTS of different variations on this popular cocktail, but here’s one of our favorite recipes.  This is for 2 servings, because we know someone as cool as you would never drink alone:


  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1/4 oz grenadine syrup
  • 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 three-quarters full of ice. Pour all but the juices, in order listed above.  Fill the glass with equal parts of grapefruit and pineapple juice, and serve.

You can get everything for this great cocktail at The Liquor Barn!