The Classic Hurricane at Pat O’Brien’s

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler folks, it is Mardi Gras time!  What better way to celebrate than with one of the O.G. New Orleans festival drinks, the classic Hurricane from Pat O’Brien’s.  During World War II variety in spirits options were very limited and whiskey was in very low supply. Rum however, was extremely plentiful.  Liquor sales people  forced bar owners to purchase as much as 50 cases of rum, to be allowed to order one case of whiskey. So Pat O’Brien created the Hurricane cocktail to utilize the overstocked rum that he had in his bar. He served the drink in glasses shaped like hurricane lamps and it started to take off, the rest is cocktail history.

While visiting the French Quarter of New Orleans, a stop at Pat O’Brien’s for their Hurricane and photo by their iconic fountain is an essential stop for any imbiber.Shelly Oeschner Waguespack, 3rd Generation Owner of Pat O’Brien’s, shared, “We have some guests that come straight from the airport to get their first Hurricane of the weekend with their luggage in hand before they even check into the hotel. We have some guests who normally don’t drink, but when they’re here they’ll have a Hurricane at Pat O’Brien’s because coming here is an event. Maybe their parents or even their grandparents came here and they have an emotional connection to Pat O’Brien’s.”

Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane Recipe

  • 2 oz light rum
  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 2 oz passion fruit juice
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon simple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon grenadine

Serve in a  Hurricane glass filled with crushed ice and garnished with an orange slice and cherry.

Pat O’Brien’s Details

718 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116 | (504) 525-4823 | @patobriens

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