The Hurricane is associated with New Orleans, not the 1980s rock anthem from the Scorpions. It's not the official cocktail of the city. That honor belongs to the Sazerac. Like many people, I had my first Hurricane at Pat O'Brien's. I didn't like it, so I avoided it for a long time. A couple of years ago my friends Chuck and Tom encouraged me to have one at the Old Absinthe House. It was awesome. There are many variations of this famous (infamous?) cocktail. Here's my simple, colorful, and potent version.
1 ounce light rum
1 ounce aged rum
.5 ounces pineapple juice
.5 ounces passion fruit juice
.25 ounces lime juice (1/4 lime)
.25 ounces super simple syrup (optional)
Combine in a shaker with ice, shake with the force of a you know what, and strain into a chilled glass.
You'll see in the picture I used a traditional hurricane glass (our cat's name is Satchmo, so he fits right in with other New Orleans staples like the fleur de lis and Mardi Gras beads). Increase the amounts of the respective ingredients if you use that type of glass. If you can use fresh fruit juices (something I definitely recommend), the small amount of super simple syrup gives the Hurricane a hint of sweetness.
Want to buy me a good Hurricane (and are you familiar with the song)? Here I am.