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Passion Fruit Hurricane

Passion Fruit Hurricanes are sweet, boozy and a delicious way to celebrate Mardi Gras. One of these fruity cocktails and you’ll be ready to kick back and have a good time. They’re easy to make, the hardest part is finding some passion fruit juice. Besides that all you need is sugar, rum, grenadine, and lime juice.

Passion Fruit Hurricane

The dangerous thing about a Hurricane is the sugar masks the alcohol and you have a tendency to not realize how much alcohol you’ve consumed until you’ve had too much.

Passion Fruit Hurricane

And you feel like you’ve been hit by a Category 5 Hurricane. I think the ones served at Pat O’Brien’s (the bar in New Orleans that made them famous) have something like 4 ounces of rum per drink. They are often described as alcoholic Kool-Aid. And frankly that’s exactly what they taste like. A homemade Hurricane is so much better.

Passion Fruit Hurricane

But if you do visit New Orleans, it is practically mandatory to visit Pat O’Brien’s in the French Quarter and drink a Hurricane. They serve them in tall curved glasses that look like hurricane lamps. They are best sipped in Pat O’Brien’s famous courtyard next to the flaming fountain which has fire emerging from the center.

The Hurricane was created during World War II when whiskey was in short supply. In order to get whiskey, bar owners were forced to buy large quantities of rum. The Hurricane was born as a way to get rid of this unwanted rum.

Hurricanes were originally made from Passion Fruit juice, but now Pat O’Brien’s makes them with a powdered mix that is redder than red. You can make your own at home by ordering Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane Mix online.

Passion Fruit Juice can be hard to find. I found some at Whole Foods. You can also order Passion Fruit Juice online.

Passion Fruit Hurricane

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Passion Fruit Hurricane

Passion Fruit Hurricane

A super sweet and boozy New Orleans cocktail that is a super delicious way to celebrate Mardi Gras - or any day.
PREP: 10 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups passion fruit juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar, use superfine sugar if you have it
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup light rum
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 2 tablespoons grenadine syrup
  • Orange slices and maraschino cherries


  • Pour all ingredients except orange slices and cherries in a pitcher. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  • Fill 4 hurricane glasses (or any type of glass) with ice and divided mixture between glasses.
  • Garnish with orange slices and cherries.


If you use superfine sugar, it will dissolve more easily.


Calories: 281kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Southern

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9 thoughts on “Passion Fruit Hurricane”

  1. Cynthia Pendleton

    I have a small book from the 70’s called Favorite New Orleans Recipes from Famous New Orleans Restaurants. Here is Pat O’Brian Hurricane:

    2 oz Jero’s Red Passion Fruit Cocktail Mix
    2 oz fresh lemon juice
    4 oz dark rum
    1 orange slice
    1 maraschino cherry

  2. One correction. Pat O’Briens may sell powdered drink mix, but they don’t use it at their bars.

  3. I wasn’t able to find fresh passion fruit but ordered a condensate online that is used in bars and to me this was better then Pat O’s sweet fruity boozy everything you want in a great Hurricane.

  4. going to the beach in a couple weeks and on the search for a perfect drink to relax on the beach with… I may have found it! pinned! 🙂

  5. Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker

    Passion fruit is one of my favourite fruit. Love the idea of using it in this drink. Yummy!

  6. This is one hurricane I want to be in the middle of! I love passionfruit, and the color is so pretty! 🙂

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