Hurricane and Hand Grenade: Classic Mardi Gras Cocktail Recipes

Use our Hurricane and Hand Grenade cocktail recipes to mix up these Mardi Gras staples anytime of the year.

hurricane cocktail

Whether you are partying it up and throwing beads on Bourbon Street or just reveling at your local bar, there’s no better way to celebrate Mardi Gras than with some authentic cocktails that originated in New Orleans. Two of the most popular drink creations to come out of the French Quarter are the Hurricane and the Hand Grenade®, and they are consumed en masse during the celebration in the Big Easy.

As legend has it the Hurricane was originally concocted at Pat O’ Brien’s bar in New Orleans. During World War II the Hurricane was created as a way for Pat O’ Brien to sell through the large amount of rum he was required to order to get regular shipments of whiskey, which was somewhat scarce at that time. The mix of passion fruit, rum and other ingredients were served in a hurricane lamp-shaped glass, and given away to sailors. The experiment paid off as the drink quickly caught on.

The Hand Grenade was created by the owners of Tropical Isle bar during the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans. The melon-flavored cocktail packs a punch that can sneak up on you. While the original recipe is a closely guarded secret, we feel our version is a wonderful tribute to the popular concoction.


Hurricane Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 1 cocktail

hurricane cocktail

Ingredients

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Instructions

In a shaker, mix rum, passion fruit syrup, juices and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Stir in grenadine, then add ice and shake. Half-fill a hurricane glass with ice and strain drink into glass. Garnish with orange slice and cherry.


The Hand Grenade Recipe

Yield: 1 cocktail

hand grenade cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1½ oz Gin
  • 1½ oz Grain Alcohol
  • 1½ oz Melon Liquor
  • 1½ oz Vodka
  • 1½ oz Rum

Glassware

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Instructions

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all ingredients to the shaker and shake well. Fill a collins glass with ice. strain mixture into the glass and serve.

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4 Comments

  • Kellie October 20, 2018 @ 11:16am

    The hand grenade had a fruity taste. Is this recipe correct?

    • Chris October 23, 2018 @ 10:33am

      Hi Kellie,

      There are a few variations of the Hand Grenade served during Mardi Gras, so some may be fruitier than others, but this is one standard recipe. Hope you enjoyed, cheers!

    • Sean March 5, 2019 @ 1:21am

      No one outside of the Tropical Isle owners knows the actual recipe.

    • Wilson December 10, 2019 @ 6:27pm

      1.5 oz Vodka
      1.5 oz Gin
      1.5 oz white Rum
      Pineapple juice
      Simple syrup
      1.5 oz Midori
      Shake well
      Float 151 rum on top.

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