This Hurricane Mocktail is a naturally sweet blend of passion, pineapple and citrus juices, with raspberry-lime sparkling water as a pink upper layer. Garnished with maraschino cherries, this recipe is free of red dyes and doesn’t need simple syrup. Enjoy for Mardi Gras or any festive occasion!
In looking to celebrate Mardi Gras in a couple of days, I got excited about the Hurricane Mocktail a drink based on passion fruit. All of the beverages on my blog are non-alcoholic; this is no exception.
In Honolulu we grow passion fruit in our yard and I usually harvest them as they ripen and when I have enough, make them into jelly. Even if I didn't have any fresh or in my freezer, I’d be able to find frozen passion fruit juice concentrate at any grocery, and I would probably make my own pineapple juice, too.
But, I’m in Denver now, waiting for grandchild #2 to be born, so I had to get a bit creative with ingredients, and am pretty pleased with this! Although the passion fruit came all the way from South Africa ... hmm.
Though mine may not be a traditional mocktail, it's delicious and should allow you to make one if you have near you a:
- Safeway (where I got the fruit-tinted maraschino cherries and pineapple concentrate) and
- Sprouts (where I found the passionfruit blend)
Luckily, this is a great time to be making anything from fresh citrus, which is all very sweet at this point in the season and was easily available at both markets.
Where did the hurricane cocktail drink get its name?
According to Visit New Orleans, this local libation was "created with rum at Pat O'Brien's bar on Peter Street in NOLA during World War II when whiskey was hard to come by. The name for the drink came from the glass it's served in that resembles a hurricane lamp."
And of course, where would you need a hurricane lamp? Most places in the world where hurricanes are common are tropical, thus also the pineapple, citrus and passionfruit juices. Hurricane lanterns are often tulip-shaped, designed to prevent flames from blowing out in strong hurricane-force winds.
What are the ingredients in a Hurricane Cocktail?
- Passion fruit juice
- Orange juice
- Lime juice
- Simple syrup
- Rum, light and dark
- Lime sparkling water
- Maraschino cherries
What substitutions are in this hurricane mocktail recipe?
- Passion fruit - pear juice 100% juice blend from Ceres
- Spindrift raspberry-lime sparkling water
- Merry maraschino cherries (no red dye) from Tillen Farms
- Pineapple juice - added for sweetness and tropical flavor
- And if you want a rummy flavor, use a little rum extract (I omitted this)
Why is this fruit-sweetened mocktail more pink than the traditional red?
Confession time. I thought I’d color my mocktail with pomegranate molasses as a sub for grenadine. After trying some sample drinks, I learned that molasses from bottled pomegranate juice can have a brownish cast! It was not pretty, though the taste was all right.
So that’s why the little pitcher of homemade pomegranate molasses is in the photos - but not in the instructions. Spindrift raspberry-lime to the rescue! Its pink tones were all these mocktails needed for MY taste.
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Is this fruit-sweetened mocktail low in sugar?
Not really! Although it is fruit-sweetened, which is good, according to the nutrition label there are still 24 grams of sugar per serving. I can only imagine how sweet this drink is if you add simple syrup!!
So if you are watching your sugar intake, I suggest that you:
- limit the number of glasses you have
- add more ice or Spindrift and less juice
- have one maraschino cherry rather than 2
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Hurricane Mocktail Recipe - Fruit-Sweetened
- Glass pitcher
- Stirring Spoon
- Hurricane Glasses
For the juice base
- 2 cups passion fruit juice or passion fruit/juice blend see note
- 1 cup orange juice fresh squeezed
- 1 cup pineapple juice fresh or from concentrate
- ½ cup lime juice freshly squeezed, about 2 large or 4 medium limes
- ½ cup pomegranate juice optional, see note
- 1 teaspoon rum extract 5 ml, optional
- 1-2 cans raspberry-lime Spindrift chilled
- 18 Ice cubes 2-3 for each glass
For the garnishes
- 12 maraschino cherries 2 per glass, omit for Whole 30
- Lime slices 1 per glass
- Orange slices 3, cut in fourths
- 6 bamboo skewers
- Assemble ingredients; omit Pomegranate juice if using Spindrift to top the drinks.
- Juice the oranges and limes and prepare the other juices and garnish pieces.
- Combine all the drink ingredients except the raspberry-lime Spindrift and the ice in a large pitcher. Cover and refrigerate the pitcher if you're making this ahead.
- When ready to serve, place 2-3 cubes of ice in each glass, then fill each hurricane glass ¾ full.
- Pour raspberry-lime Spindrift carefully into each glass, leaving about ¼ inch for the space that the garnish will take up. For a bottom-up sunrise effect, don’t stir. Garnish with a pick of maraschino cherries (omit for Whole 30 - sorry, even these no-red-dye cherries do contain sugar), lime slice and orange wedges. Serve right away.
Lime juice: fresh-squeezed
Pineapple juice: from Dole’s 100% concentrate
Passionfruit juice: a blend of passionfruit and pear juice by Ceres
Maraschino cherries with no red dye from Tillen Farms - they are sweetened with sugar
Nutrition facts are not to be considered professional analysis of the recipe and are only provided as a general guideline based on entry of the ingredients into the analyzer at HappyForks.com.