The History of The Hurricane

Published On February 11, 2013 | By Brian Samuels | Cocktails, Rum

As much as we try to be classy here at The Boys Club, sometimes we just want to have a little bit of fun.  And with Mardi Gras coming up, we see this as a perfect opportunity to whip up the “Fat Tuesday” staple: The Hurricane.

What the heck is a Hurricane?

The Hurricane is a highly potent (i.e. boozy) fruit punch that goes down surprisingly easy.  Typically, the drink consists of a few different types of rum, passion fruit juice (as well as other fruit juices) and a bit of grenadine or syrup.

What’s the story behind the Hurricane?

Around World War II, when whiskey was scarce, bartenders were forced to create libations with rum, which was in much abundance at the time.  In the 1940s, New Orleans bar owner Pat O’Brien created the Hurricane as a way to quickly make their way through the surplus of rum.  O’Brien served the drink in hurricane lamp-shaped glasses, which is still done today.  However, in New Orleans, you may also see people drinking them out of plastic cups, as city law states that people may consume alcohol in public as long as it’s not in a glass or in a metal container.  Sounds like the ultimate road soda to me!

Of course, if The Hurricane isn’t your style, be sure to try out another New Orleans libation: The Sazerac.

Brian Samuels is Managing Editor at The Boys Club and blogger at A Thought For Food.

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Brian Samuels
is the man that keeps this club running. He is a co-founder and Editor in Chief of The Boys Club and blogger at A Thought for Food. Brian on twitter @myfoodthoughts.

7 Responses to The History of The Hurricane

  1. Oh, I’ve had a few nights with a hurricane, that I would like to forget. However, they are most delicious, aren’t they?

  2. I’m always down for a fruity, boozy drink!

  3. I tried a hurricane a couple of years ago and I’m sad to say I haven’t had another one since! Thanks for the recipe. This is making me even more excited for my upcoming New Orleans trip :)

  4. You’ve got to keep posting such deliciously historical drinks, it’s all going into my argument for why i NEED a bar cart to serve PROPER COCKTAILS and my life is INCOMPLETE without one!

  5. Dan D. says:

    Have you ever tried vodka and Lean Slow Motion Potion? It’s this “Relaxation Drink” Snoop sings about. It’s actually pretty goo (and relaxing). My friends and I call it the “Snoop Slow Down”.

    I’ve only found Lean @ my local 7-11. But I think you can order it online.

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