Our Hurricane drink recipe is so simple to make at home using the most classic cocktail ingredients. It represents the fun and flirty mood of New Orleans at Mardis Gras, with a carnival of fruity flavors 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 is guaranteed to get your guests dancing.
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 drink ingredients gathered, the rest is so easy! This cocktail is bursting with fruity flavors, from zingy citrus notes to delectable passion fruit, and these tasty juices get shaken together with white and dark rum, bright red grenadine, and sweet orange juice for a long drink that gets better with each sip.
It is traditionally garnished with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry (just in case you need any more fruit in there!), which 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 colorful 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 color options, swap out grenadine for blue curaçao or green basil syrup—the possibilities are endless.
When is the best time to serve a Hurricane drink?
If New Orleans is out of reach, bring the Mardis Gras festivities home instead. If you’re hosting a housewarming, garden, or pool party, make a big batch of this Hurricane drink recipe in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Hurricanes also make perfect after-dinner cocktails. Chill the mixture well 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 instead.
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