The original hurricane cocktail recipe contains just three ingredients: dark rum, passion fruit syrup and lemon juice. Modern recipes call for adding items such as light rum, orange juice, lime juice and grenadine.
To make an original hurricane cocktail, fill a shaker with ice. Pour in 2 ounces of dark rum, 1 ounce of passion fruit syrup and 1 ounce of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Shake well, and pour through a strainer into a tall glass filled with ice. Thread an orange slice and a cherry onto a cocktail toothpick, and use as garnish.
For a modern hurricane cocktail, squeeze the juice of half of a lime into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Pour 2 ounces of light rum and 2 ounces of dark rum over the ice. Add 2 ounces of passion fruit juice, 1 ounce of orange juice, 1 tablespoon of simple syrup and 1 tablespoon of grenadine. Shake well, and strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with the cherry and orange slice.
The cocktail debuted at the 1939 World's Fair and is named after the hurricane lamp-shaped glasses the drink was served in. Hurricanes became popular in the 1940s at a New Orleans bar called Pat O'Brien's. The legend says that the bar's liquor distributors forced them to buy rum with every order to reduce the glut on the market, and the bar's owner popularized the hurricane to get rid of the rum.