This cocktail has quite the varied ingredients list, so it could be worth having a quick glance over the recipe first; I can almost guarantee that you’ll have to buy some passion fruit juice at the very least, unless you’re like me and have a tendency to see unusual fruit juices on the shelves of your supermarket and go ‘Ooh, i’ll get that and put it in the cupboard now, just in case’. Just in case of what exactly is a mystery, but it’s times like these when you’ll glad of your foresight. At least, that’s how I justify it!
Now, if you’ve looked at the ingredients list you’ll have noticed the sheer number of fruity ingredients and probably expect a veritable flavour explosion on your palate as I did. However, the Hurricane is an unfortunate example of quantity over quality – the orange and lime juice drowns out the rest of the drink leaving you with sweet and sharp notes, and little else. Even the pineapple disappears into the background which is a feat in and of itself in my humble opinion, and when you’re using something as unusual as passion fruit juice it’s criminal that you’re unable to taste it. It simply begs the question ‘Why bother?’.
Unlike similar tropical drinks like a Mai Tai or a Pina Colada, the Hurricane just doesn’t work harmoniously. It’s generally an inoffensive drink; you won’t sip it and pull a face or pour it out, but neither will you remember it once you’ve finished it, indeed if you can be bothered to finish it. If you’re introducing someone into the wide world of mixology then this could be a good starting point especially if they’re nervous about trying hard spirits or unknown drinks – after all, from here it can only get better and more complex, and this won’t turn someone away from the hobby.
Overall, it’s a generic drink. There’s no real personality, which is a crying shame given it’s potential.
♦ 1 ½ ounces dark rum
♦ 1 ounce light rum
♦ ½ ounce passion fruit juice
♦ 1 ½ ounces orange juice
♦ 1 ounce lime juice
♦ 1 ounce pineapple juice
Dash of Angostura bitters.
Shake the ingredients together and strain into a chilled wine glass.