Here’s to Another Stormy Season!

Hurricane season has just begun, so before it gets into full swing why not toast to the impending storms?


In the 1940’s, Pat O’Brien’s bar in New Orleans became renowned for their signature drink the Hurricane (  Since then there has been several variations on the cocktail, but it has still maintained its potent integrity.  I have listed two different mixes below to enjoy.  One that is dark and ominous like the winds right of the eye and another to savor after the worst has past.


The Dark and Ominous Hurricane

2oz light rum

2oz passion fruit juice

1oz orange juice

½ oz lemon juice

¼ oz simple syrup

¼ oz grenadine

3 oz dark rum*

Add light rum, juices, simple syrup and grenadine to a shaker with ice.  Once mixed pour into a hurricane glass, like in the image above, and top with the dark rum.  You can choose to garnish this however you like.  I personally like to pick a fruit in the mix and pair it with a cherry.

*Because this is such a sweet cocktail I prefer to use dark spiced rum, such as Kraken, that adds a depth to the flavor.


1 oz spiced rum

½ oz amaretto

3 oz light rum

2 oz pineapple juice

1 oz grapefruit juice

1 oz orange juice

½ oz lime juice

½ oz agave nectar

Add all the ingredients to a shaker with ice.  Pour into a hurricane glass.  If you like to give your drink a layered effect, sink a splash of grenadine.  Again, you can choose to garnish this however you like.

If mixing all these juices is not up your alley and you would still like to make a delicious hurricane stop by and purchase their house mix.  Then all you have to do is add your choice of alcohol.

Or if fruity concoctions are not your favorite, then toast with a dark and stormy!  Here’s my recipe.


Dark and Stormy

2 oz dark rum*

½ oz lime juice

¼ oz elixir g


Add rum lime juice and elixir g to a shaker with ice.  Pour into a highball glass and top with a press, which is equal parts sprite and club soda.  You could replace the press and elixir g with a good ginger beer as well, such as gosling’s or reeds.

*For this drink I recommend dark rum with vanilla and citrus undertones to add depth of flavor and compliment the touch of citrus in the cocktail.  I personal favorite is Koloa dark rum.  For information on where to purchase it go to


So, no matter where you are, when the weather starts to look menacing, curl up with one of these cocktails that will guaranteed send your head spinning while you wait out to storm.

By Krystle Turkington



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