The Hurricane: King of Tiki Cocktails

August 28, 2011

With Irene now classified as a Tropical Storm, break out the hurricane glasses and let's make ourselves a perfect storm! The Hurricane began life in the French Quarter of New Orleans in the 1940s at Pat O'Brien's bar -- in order to order popular liquors  like scotch and whiskey, O'Brien's distributors forced him to order equal parts of unlikeable rum. In an effort to get rid of the unpopular liquor, O'Brien concocted the Hurricane, a sweet combination of rum, passion fruit syrup and a dash of bitters or lemon juice, given out free to sailors. The drink caught on and has become a staple around the French Quarter ever since. 

Original Hurricane Recipe
Serves 1

4 oz dark rum
2 oz fresh lemon juice
2 oz passion fruit syrup

Combine ingredients in a coctail shaker. Shake well and strain into hurricane glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a flag (orange slice + red maraschino cherry).

Modern Hurricane Recipe
With a longer list of ingredients, this cocktail is complex tiki at its finest.

Aviary 7 Layer Hurricane
Straight from Grant Achatz' restaurant Next and bar, Aviary, the 7-Layer Hurricane will blow your mind.

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