New Orleans’ World Famous Hurricane: Pat O’Brien’s

The story as to the origin of the Hurricane is said to begin during WWII, when popular liquors, like whiskey, were in short supply. Clever salesman forced bar owners to purchase cases of more plentiful liquors, like rum, before they would be willing to sell them bottles from their otherwise limited supply. Once Pat O’Briens found itself with an abundance of rum on hand, the bar set out to create a signature drink and the fruity concoction was born. The name “Hurricane” derives from the glass the drink is served in, which bares a resemblance to the shape of a hurricane lamp.

Easily categorized as a tourist trap, in spite of itself, with a drink so closely associated with New Orleans, a stopover at Pat O’Brien’s should not be skipped during a visit to the city.

The cost of a Hurricane is $11, but $3 will be returned to you if you turn in the logo glass.

Locations throughout New Orleans:

718 St. Peter Street

624 Bourbon Street (Courtyard)

600 Decatur St – 3rd Floor

Can’t make it to NOLA? Here’s how to make your own Hurricane:

In a 26 oz. Hurricane glass, mix

  • 4 oz. of Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane Rum or a good Dark Rum
  • 4 oz. of Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane Mix
  • Fill with crushed ice
  • Garnish with an orange and cherry

…the official mixer and logo glassware can be purchased through the bar’s website.