The Hurricane is cocktail number 44 on the Swank Cocktail Guide.
Hurricane cocktail history
Mention a Hurricane cocktail and many will say, “Oh, they’re from New Orleans-I’ve had one at Pat O’Brien’s.” Not so fast. There have been several Hurricane cocktail recipes throughout the decades.
1935 Hurricane cocktail: gin and whisky-based
In 1935, a Hurricane Cocktail recipe was published in the Tampa Daily Times‘ Wine and Liquor Guide.
The recipe, which contains whisky and gin, was reprinted from Mr. Boston’s in the Tampa Times supplement. It is the same recipe that later appeared on the Swank Cocktail Guide.
1939 World’s Fair Hurricane
It has been rumored that the Hurricane cocktail was served at the 1939–1940 World’s Fair held at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens, New York. While this is frequently mentioned across the internet, the statement is usually followed by that no evidence of was found.
1940s Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane cocktail: rum-based
Following Prohibition, rum was easier to acquire than most other spirits.
Per the Pat O’Brien’s history page, Pat O’Brien’s created the rum-based Hurricane cocktail to maximize on the availability of rum, serving the creation in a Hurricane lamp shaped glass.
Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane mix is available for sale on their website and in retail stores. And, of course, one can still enjoy a Hurricane at one of their locations, now in San Antonio and Orlando, as well as New Orleans.
Other stormy Pat O’Brien drinks include the Cyclone and the Rainstorm, both vodka-based cocktails.
Hurricane cocktail recipe
1/3 Dry Gin, 1/3 Whiskey, 1/3 Creme de Menthe, juice of 2 Lemons. Shake well with ice & strain.
- Hendrick’s Gin
- Crown Royal Canadian Whisky
- Hiram Walker Creme de Menthe
- Fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Hurricane cocktail review
Our ratings (1-5 🍸)
While neither of us is a fan of the rum-based Hurricane, we love this gin-whisky-based Hurricane. The lemon juice provides such a bright flavor, trailed just by a hint of mint. A unique, enjoyable beverage.
Next up… Cocktail # 45, Jack Rose