You would think with a drink that has so much literature regarding it, we would know an awful lot about it, unfortunately, most publications regarding this drink are inaccurate. This drink is widely believed to be created at Pat O’brien’s in the 1940’s for sailors who were docked in New Orleans. However, this is not true. This drink appears as early as:
The wounded land: journey through a divided America by Hans Habe in 1964
“accompanied Pat O’Brien, singer, comedian and the darling of New Orleans, in masterly fashion, while a drink was served in tall glasses which thoroughly deserved its name of Hurricane”
This drink was extremely likely created in the establishment, although, it wasn’t in 1940. Pat O’briens was in business during this time, but this drink is difficult to find in print until almost a quarter of a century later. Actually, there was a cocktail lounge in New Orleans that was called the “hurricane cocktail lounge” as seen here:
Billboard – Feb 16, 1946 Vol. 58, No. 7
“MORGAN working at the Hurricane Cocktail Lounge, New Orleans.”
Unfortunately, the only relationship this establishment shares with the cocktail is bearing the same name and location of origin. It appears this bar had absolutely nothing to do with the actual “Hurricane”. Modern recipes call for this drink to be blended, however, this may be because this drink was originally served with crushed or fine ice, but this is not found in much literature.
Today, it is very common to find these all over bourbon street served directly to patrons from frozen machines, especially during Mardi Gras, however, this drink was originally mixed as a punch. Pat did an excellent job with keeping the recipe secret, much as the New Orleans Hand Grenade, he bottled and sold the premix, to be mixed with rum, keeping the recipe for himself.
It is unclear to this day as to what exactly this drink contains and anyone who says otherwise is a bold liar, aside from pat himself. This drink is still wildly popular not only in New Orleans, but all over the world. A common recipe that is widely used is rum, orange and pineapple juice, and grenadine. Although it is similar, this is not a hurricane.
This drink dates between 1955 – 1962 and contained at least as of then:
Shake these ingredients:
Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane Mix
Strain into a hurricane glass filled with ice cubes.