Hurricane is a classic cocktail that’ll send you straight to a tropical island. The cocktail has been made in many different variations over the years, not only by shifting measurements but also by shifting ingredients. Two ingredients can be found in almost all variations though, dark rum and passion fruit. Our version is no exception as we follow the structure of what is probably the most common recipe nowadays, and this one has a few more ingredients and a splash of overproof rum for adding a bit more spice to the cocktail.

hurricane cocktail


Black Blended Overproof Rum

We recommend Plantation O.F.T.D.

30 ml

Blended Aged Rum

We recommend Plantation 5 Year Grand Reserve.

60 ml

Orange Juice

Freshly squeezed.

30 ml

Lime Juice

Freshly squeezed.

30 ml

Passion Fruit Syrup

We recommend using a homemade syrup with a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water, plus plenty of passion fruit.

30 ml

Grenadine Syrup

We recommend using a homemade syrup with a 1:1 ratio of sugar and pomegranate juice, but a store bought can supplement.

15 ml


Add Grenadine to glass

Add the Grenadine Syrup to the bottom of the glass.

Add ice

Fill the glass with ice.

Add ingredients to a shaker

Add the remaining ingredients to a shaker and shake for 8-12 seconds.


Pour the content from the shaker into the glass.

Lightly stir

Lightly stir the Grenadine in the bottom of the cocktail to create a gradient color throughout the cocktail.


Garnish the cocktail with an Orange wheel or slice and a cherry.

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Ingredient #1

Black Blended Overproof Rum

Plantation O.F.T.D

In the Hurricane we’re looking for a bit of a punch on the back palette, but not something that strand in the way of our tropical fruit flavors. This makes Plantation O.F.T.D is a great choice.
Ingredient #2

Blended Aged Rum

Plantation Barbados 5 years

Plantation 5 Year Grand Reserve is a great all-around rum for this cocktail. Many other medium aged rums can substitute though, if you happen to have another bottle on hand.
Ingredient #3

Orange Juice

Ingredient #4

Lime Juice


The earliest references of the Hurricane cocktail are from 1938. It was served in the “Hurricane Bar” at the 1939–1940 New York World’s Fair, but it is unknown what components were used to make the Hurricane drinks that were sold there. The Warner Brothers movie “Naughty But Nice,” which was released in July 1939, gives the best depiction of the original Hurricane recipe and appearance. In this movie, the cocktail appears to be made simply from lemonade or lemon juice with the addition of a generous amount of rum, and little to nothing else. That is, of course, a big difference from today’s common recipes but it is quite interesting to see its evolution.

Flavor profile

The first thing you taste when you take a sip of this cocktail is the orange and that’s why it is extremely important to use freshly squeezed orange juice! The orange taste is then accompanied by the sweet and tropical taste from the passion fruit syrup. This sweetness is balanced out with the acidity from the lime and the grenadine, which also adds a bit of edge to the cocktail. Lastly, the depth and spice of this cocktail come from the rum. It’s, therefore, important to use high quality rums, or this cocktail will fall flat.

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