CNYEats A Taste of Utica: HURRICANES

by Joanne on November 8, 2009

Thank goodness we don’t get Hurricanes in Utica, the stormy kind that is.   We do have a great recipe for Hurricanes from Category 1 to a Category 5 on page 21 of our Taste of Utica cookbook.



The recipes were posted by Mario in anticipation of the summer season coming around the corner.  Well we all know that on this November day, it’s Winter that’s right around the corner but that doesn’t make these rum based drinks any less inviting.  No way!  In fact, if you travel to New Orleans, it is known for the famous “hurricane” drink. 

Here’s a little bit from Wikipedia:

The hurricane is an extremely sweet alcoholic drink made from lime juice, passion fruit syrup and rum. It is one of many popular drinks served in New Orleans.

The creation of this passion fruit-colored relative of a Daiquiri drink is credited to New Orleans tavern owner Pat O’Brien. In the 1940s, he needed to create a new drink to help him get rid of all of the less popular rum that local distributors forced him to buy before he could get a few cases of more popular liquors such as scotch and whiskey.[1] [2] He poured the concoction into hurricane-lamp-shaped glasses and gave it away to sailors. The drink caught on, and it has been a mainstay in the French Quarter ever since. ….

Hurricane Category 1:“…a weak storm…can a hurricane ever really be weak?”

  • 1 oz white rum
  • 1/2 oz dark rum
  • 2 oz passion fruit juice
  • 2 oz lemonade
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon grenadine syrup (Maraschino Cherry Juice)

Fill a cocktail shaker 3/4 full with ice. 


Add all the ingredients, cover, shake well.

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DSC_2024 Adding the Passion Fruit Juice (see below for making fresh Passion Fruit Juice.)

DSC_2025 Adding Lemonade and Orange Juice.  *You can see at this point, I needed to switch to a taller shaker.  I doubled the recipe and ran out of room. 

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Strain into a highball glass or hurricane glass with fresh ice.


  1. Hurricane Category 2:  Increase the white rum from 1 oz to 1 1/2 oz.
  2. Hurricane Category 3:  Increase white rum from 1 oz to 1 1/2 oz PLUS add 1/2 oz Crème de Banana.
  3. Hurricane Category 4:  Follow Hurricane 3 directions PLUS 1/2 oz Peach Schnapps.
  4. Hurricane Category 5: Increase white rum from 1 oz to 1 1/2 oz.  Increase the dark rum from 1/2 oz to 1 oz.  Add 1/2 oz Crème de Banana.  Add 1/2 oz Peach Schnapps.  You better sit down for that one.

Make your own Passion Fruit Juice (Makes about 1 cup)

  • 2 Passion Fruit
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp sugar

This is a passion fruit…

DSC_2017 They can be found as a yellow colored fruit as well.  I found them in the “tropical fruit” section of the grocery store.

This is the inside of a passion fruit…



Purchase wrinkled passion fruit. The wrinkled ones are the ripe ones.  Cut the fruit in half and scoop out the pulp (yes…seeds and all).  Place in a blender with 1/2 a cup of water.  Blend for about 1 minute.  DO NOT OVER BLEND.  You don’t want to grind those seeds. You simply want the blender to get the pulp off them. 

Pour the extracted pulp through a sieve to separate the seeds…


Add the extracted pulp back to the blender with another 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup water plus the sugar and blend.   Adjust sugar and water to taste.


Enjoy your Hurricane and, well you know, Drink Responsibly! 


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  • At 2009.11.08 15:46, Liz C. said:

    Yum! I haven’t had one of these in years! That’s probably because of the horrid hangover I nursed for 24 hours after drinking them… Still, I do love them.

    • At 2009.11.08 19:05, Joanne said:

      They were good. I only made the “Cat. 1”. I didn’t trust myself to get any “stormier”. 🙂

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        • At 2009.11.09 21:34, Claire said:

          I wonder if it would still taste like a Hurricane if you replaced the passion fruit juice with passion fruit liqueur (like Hpnotiq)? If you did that with a Cat 5 would it become a Cat 6? I might have to try it.

          • At 2009.11.10 04:55, pegasuslegend said:

            Great drink, love this and have had many times, thanks for posting and congrats on Foddbuzz Top 9!!!!!

            • At 2009.11.10 15:27, Joanne said:

              Claire: The cat.1 was all I could take. I wouldn’t like to be witness to the effects of a cat 6… but make sure to update me.

              Pegasus: Thanks!

              • At 2009.11.10 17:59, EEK! I need a cupcake | Apple Crumbles said:

                […] Since I had the Maraschino cherries out the other day (stealing the juice for my “HURRICANES”), I converted the recipe to incorporate this sweet “pickled” […]

                • At 2009.11.10 19:33, Kathleen said:

                  I absolutely love rum drinks. I’ve never made hurricanes at home. Thanks for the recipe. Think I’ll make these this weekend!

                  • At 2011.11.10 11:48, Sonia said:

                    Joanne, thank you for directing me here from your post at Gather…

                    Getting rid of passion fruit seeds; I don’t blend the seeds/pulp for as long as minute in water….just a few on and off whirls will do.

                    BTW, the seeds are edible in salads and desserts.

                    • At 2011.11.17 20:37, Ann said:

                      Here from your Gather post.
                      This looks luscious, but I’m getting a headache just thinking about it! I think I’ll stick with the spinach roll.

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