Our Hurricane drink recipe is so simple to make at home and makes the most of classic cocktail ingredients. It represents the fun and flirty mood of New Orleans at Mardis Gras, with a carnival of fruity flavours and the sweet-and-spicy kick of rum. Subtle is not the word to describe this bright red cocktail as this party-in-a-glass drink will get your guests dancing guaranteed.
For rainbow options, swap out grenadine for blue curaçao or a green basil syrup—the possibilities are endless.
‘Beads and bling, it’s a Mardis Gras thing’ so bling up with cherries on a toothpick and paper umbrellas
Don’t fret if you don’t have a hurricane glass, it still tastes divine in a collins glass
Add all the ingredients into a shaker (or mason jar) with ice and shake until well-chilled
Strain into a hurricane or hi-ball glass over fresh ice
Garnish and enjoy
How to make the best Hurricane Cocktail
Once you have all the Hurricane cocktail Ingredients gathered, the rest is so easy! This cocktail is bursting with zingy citrus, the delectable passion fruit, tasty lime and orange juice get shaken together with white and dark rum, bright red grenadine. This long drink gets better with each sip. It is traditionally garnished with a slice of orange and maraschino cherries (just in case you need any more fruit in there!). The cherry garnish is said to mimic Mardis Gras décor. As the saying goes in New Orleans, ‘beads and bling, it’s a Mardis Gras thing’ so bling up your cocktail with cherries on a toothpick, a paper umbrella and colourful straws to really get into the carnival mood.
What makes the Hurricane cocktail bright red?
Hurricane Cocktail Ingredients include grenadine syrup that tints our cocktail a bright punch color. Coming from the word grenade, French for pomegranate, grenadine is a very sweet French syrup made from pomegranate juice. Make your own homemade version by mixing a dash of pomegranate juice with a simple syrup or use the juice from your jar of maraschino cherries. For more rainbow colour options, swap out grenadine for blue curacao or a green basil syrup – the possibilities are endless.
When is the best time to serve a Hurricane cocktail?
If New Orleans is out of reach this party season, bring the carnival festivities home instead. Make a big batch of Hurricane cocktail in a large jug or punch bowl, ideal for serving a crowd if you are having a housewarming, garden party. Chill the mixture well before serving and add lots of ice to serve. For a delicious mocktail for alcohol-free guests, leave out the rum and top up with sparkling water or soda water instead.
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