Classic New Orleans Hurricane

There’s a reason why the Classic New Orleans Hurricane is a favorite!  If you can’t make it to Bourbon Street, then celebrate at home instead!

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Every day is a party with these Classic New Orleans Hurricanes!So this past weekend, my wife and I hosted a murder mystery party.  We did one of these last year, and it was loads of fun.  Since we’ve been buried in snow here in upstate New York since, oh, November, we decided that this would be a fun way to get our friends together and forget about the weather outside…at least for an evening.

This year’s murder theme was Mardi Gras.  (Yes, I am aware that Mardi Gras came and went a couple of weeks ago…but it’s difficult to coordinate 8 people’s plans to find a free night!)  Since I lived down in south Louisiana for a while, I had plenty of props (i.e. beads) for decoration.  Pierre DuPre was murdered in his Garden District home with a set of Mardi Gras beads, and we all convened to discover his killer.  The only catch was the killer was among us at the table…

Every day is a party with these Classic New Orleans Hurricanes!Since the party was set in Louisiana, we naturally made some delicious Cajun food for the party.  We had Shrimp Etouffee for the main course (except we did chicken and sausage to avoid seafood allergies) along with a Cinnamon King Cake for dessert.  But the real star of the show was the opening act!  In true New Orleans fashion, we greeted guests with beads and a New Orleans Hurricane as soon as they walked in the door.  If you’ve ever been to New Orleans, then you’re certainly familiar with the Hurricane.  It’s a blend of 2 types of rum along with several fruit juices…and it’s delicious!

Every day is a party with these Classic New Orleans Hurricanes!Have you guys ever thought about the role that food plays in history?  My friend Lindsey suggested the book Salt a while back, and it’s now on my to-read list (that is, whenever I finish the entire Game of Thrones series).  In that same vein, I recently came across It’s Rum Time, an online collaboration between Rums of Puerto Rico and  Some of the world’s finest rums have been distilled in Puerto Rico since the 1500’s, and this series presents the idea that these rums have likely been present at many of the world’s greatest moments.

How did Thomas Edison celebrate the invention of the light bulb in 1878?  Or what about the invention of the Pendulum Clock in 1657?  These are major landmarks in world history…and it’s very likely that Puerto Rican rum was there to help celebrate.  As a history buff myself, I’ve always enjoyed a good documentary on the History Channel.  But now the Rum Times series combines my passion for food with my love of history.  Perfect!

Rum Times offers 13 awesome cocktail recipes along with a suggested playlist and decor suitable for each cocktail.  But the best part is the videos!  Each drink will be accompanied by a video telling the story behind 13 of the greatest moments in world history over the last 450 years.  Puerto Rico has been distilling rum for over four centuries giving it the title of “Rum Capital of the World.”  Thanks to the Rum Times series, Puerto Rico is presented in a new light.  I’ve always known that Puerto Rico rums were among the world’s finest, but it’s interesting to see rum from this new historical perspective.

Every day is a party with these Classic New Orleans Hurricanes!Classic New Orleans Hurricane

Last weekend, we had a murder to celebrate.  Uhh, well, that didn’t sound right.  More accurately, we had the capture of a murderer to celebrate.  (And to think my neighbor was a murderer…I thought I knew him so well!)  But this weekend?  Well, we have 13 new reasons to celebrate.  Perhaps it will be the invention of blue jeans in 1873.  Or perhaps it will be the creation of the Gregorian Calendar (i.e. modern calendar) in 1582.  I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty happy about the creation of Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays!  So what historical milestone will you be celebrating this weekend?  Drop by It’s Rum Time and select one…complete with party decor, drink recipes and musical playlists.  Let me know what you’ll be celebrating this weekend!  It’s Rum Time!

Did you make a Classic New Orleans Hurricane at home?  Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog)!  Cheers!

Every day is a party with these Classic New Orleans Hurricanes!

Classic New Orleans Hurricane

Every day is a party with these Classic New Orleans Hurricanes!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 Hurricanes
Calories: 437kcal


  • 1 cup light rum
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • 1 cup passion fruit juice see note
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup
  • 1/4 cup grenadine
  • cherries and orange slices for garnish


  • In a large container or bowl, mix together all ingredients except for cherries and orange slices.
  • Pour over ice into hurricane glasses.
  • Garnish each glass with cherry and orange slice before serving.


Passion fruit can be a bit difficult to find, but we found it at our Whole Foods, or it can be ordered on Amazon.  It's totally worth the effort to track it down!

Every day is a party with these Classic New Orleans Hurricanes!

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  1. Sounds like you guys had loads of fun with that murder mystery party especially since you had all those amazing cocktails.
    Next time we should do a wolfpack murder mystery party. Where we murder a vampire, howl at the moon all night and drink beer. You in?

    1. I’m down for a wolfpack murder mystery! You can bring the delicious grub, and I’ll make some more of these Hurricanes! But beware…that would mean that one of the Wolfpack will be a killer. Are you ready to face that kind of truth?

  2. Murder mystery parties are my favorite kind of parties – I had one for my daughter’s 14th birthday – what an ice breaker it was as my daughter had friends there who knew her but not each other. Y’alls sounds like it was so much fun – but, duuude – the food!!! The food takes the cake!!! I don’t know how anyone could concentrate about who did what when they had your shrimp etoufee and King Cake – and this gorgeous concoction, in front of them!! Unless I am cooking with alcohol, I don’t really drink it – but this is a thing of beauty!

    1. Why thank you, Shashi! The party was indeed a blast. The food was tasty, and these Hurricanes really took the spotlight. I’m all about finding any way possible to celebrate. The weather is starting to get warmer (by warmer, I mean above freezing during the day), and I’m ready to get out and party! Time for another murder mystery. You should come up and join us…but only if you aren’t the killer! Haha!

    1. The party was a BLAST, Christina! Now that Spring is thinking about arriving sometime soon-ish, I’m all about the party. But I never knew that my neighbor was hiding a secret…turns out he committed a murder back in New Orleans. But we caught him…thanks to a little help from these Hurricanes, of course! 🙂

    1. Ah, yes, we totally had a blast, Kevin! There’s nothing like getting dressed up in ridiculous costumes with friends in order to have fun. It felt like we were kids again! And of course, good food is a requirement! 🙂

  3. If I didn’t read your content and saw just your recipes. I’d swear you lived in Louisiana haha! LOVE murder mystery parties- Although the last one my friend had in 2013, half the guys got drunk before we even began.

    1. Haha! Well, I guess I did get a little obsessed with Cajun food when I was living down there in Louisiana. I love south Louisiana, and I only left because of that whole “I need a job” thing. If it was possible, I’d be back there in a second! Since that’s not possible right now, I just have to bring a bit of bayou up here to upstate New York instead. 🙂 P.S. Having half of the suspects drunk before the party starts tends to put a damper on finding the killer!

  4. Your murder mystery party sounds like so much fun! And this drink is so pretty and sounds delish! I’m not much of a drinker, but I will have a fruity drink from time to time and this one looks like something I would definitely enjoy!

    1. This Hurricane was totally the way to kick off a murder mystery party. We had a blast dressing up in costumes and acting like kids again…and to think that my neighbor was a killer all along. 🙂

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