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The Hurricane Cocktail Remix

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The Hurricane Cocktail Remix ~ run and fresh passion fruit juice brings this classic cocktail back to its New Orleans roots.


The original Hurricane was a post-prohibition cocktail made famous by Pat O’Brien’s bar in New Orleans where it slowly evolved from a simple rum and passion fruit drink into a bright pink tiki nightmare.  Today it’s a tacky symbol of good times in ‘N’awlins’.  I stripped back the layers of ‘improvements’ and resurrected something closer to the original evocative combination of rum and passion fruit.  It’s fresh and tropical, but not too sweet, and definitely not pink.


This idea started when I discovered passion fruits last weekend at the farmer’s market.  I would have totally passed right by them without a second look if it hadn’t been for a woman next to me who was fondling the ugly purple pods and squealing with delight like she’d found a pot of gold.  I figured I’d better investigate a bit, and the guy at the fruit stand told me he likes to cut them open, scoop out the pulp and mix it with water, seeds and all.  He said it was incredibly refreshing and would give me tons of energy.  That sounded ok, but I was already starting to get other ideas.


I have to say these aren’t like any fruit I’ve ever seen.  The outside is all wrinkled and looks a little bit rotten, and the inside doesn’t look much better.  There are lots of black seeds covered in a greenish yellow pulp.  But the scent is another story.  It’s exotic and almost floral, and the flavor is a little reminiscent of pineapple.  It literally begs to be mixed with rum.


I really like this drink, partly because I love rum mixed with real fruit juice, and the passion fruit gives me a whole new flavor profile to enjoy.  It’s tropical but on the tart side.   If you can’t find fresh passion fruit juice, try using a passion fruit syrup and a little pineapple juice.

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No sooner did I get home from the farmer’s market with my small bag of fruit than I realized that the huge vine overhanging the fence on my side yard is  actually a passion fruit vine.   How fun!  I predict it’s going to be a big hurricane season around here.

The Hurricane Cocktail
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It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Friday: The Hurricane Cocktail

Course cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine American


  • 1 oz light rum
  • 1 oz dark rum
  • 2 oz passion fruit juice directions below
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 dashes of bitters

for the passion fruit juice

  • 5 ripe passion fruits
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp sugar


  • To make the passion fruit juice, cut the fruit in half and scoop out the flesh with a small spoon, seeds and all, into a blender. Add the sugar and water.
  • Pulse the blender a few times and then run it briefly. Don't blend it long enough to crush the seeds.
  • Strain the juice. (I used a mesh strainer) you will have about 1 1/2 cups.
  • Keep refrigerated until ready to use
  • For the Hurricane: Put the rum, passion fruit juice, lime juice and bitters in a shaker and shake with ice. Pour over fresh ice and garnish with a wedge of lime.

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    June 3, 2016 at 7:30 am

    LOVE this recipe! I’m trying this soon! I was also wondering if I could possibly share your drink recipe with credit and link to your blog of course! I write articles for and wanted to share this in a Simple Summer Cocktails article I was writing.

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      June 3, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Sure Alicia, I’d love to share, thanks!

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    August 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    The Hurricane and the Dark & Stormy must be enjoyed in a tiki themed bar.

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      June 3, 2016 at 10:20 am


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    August 3, 2013 at 7:23 am

    I had a hurricane while in NOLA and found it to be WAY to sweet and fake-tasting. I’d much prefer your real fruit version!

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      June 3, 2016 at 10:21 am

      I find so many mixed drinks way to sweet, so I always under-do the sweeteners in mine.

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    Susan Otto
    August 3, 2013 at 4:49 am

    I like to drink anything with an umbrella decorating it. Looks delicious.

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    Ali Burtt
    August 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I’m all for bright pink tiki nightmares on occasion, but this looks divine…and like something I might actually be able to drink on a regular basis. Love it!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    August 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I agree that passion fruit is a little weird or odd but yum! Bet it is tasty in this drink. It’s almost 5 on Friday afternoon – I do believe a drink is in order!

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    The Café Sucre Farine
    August 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    You’ve given me an education today Sue. I haven’t worked with passion fruit ever and had no idea what they even looked like. I’ll be on the lookout now! Your drink is not only gorgeous but sounds delightful. I can almost smell the passion fruit from your lovely description.

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    [email protected] is How I Cook
    August 2, 2013 at 10:42 am

    This sounds delightful. What I would give for a passion fruit vine. So now, I just have to hope for a sale on passion fruits…

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    August 2, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I’m on vacation and it’s always after 5 here 🙂 PERFECT Sue!