And now the Bob Dylan anthem is rattling in my head, forcing my toe to percussively tap to its beat.  The song has nothing to do with this cocktail, but the force and thrust of its rhythm feels right. Don’t let the saturated tropical colors of this cocktail fool you: it’s a mean one.  Originally created as a cheap and effective way to offload a surplus of rum, this is the kind of drink you want to be sipping when the wind pushes in the walls and you’re holding onto a palm tree with one hand.  It’s adult kool-aide, but with a kick.  The balance of acidic lime and passionfruit cuts straight through the sugar cane sweetness of the very present rum. I mixed mine up with an aromatic simple syrup and added a touch of cayenne for heat.

DIY Note:

For some extra fun, I created my own Zulu Golden Nuggets to serve the Hurricanes in.  The golden nugget (a coconut painted gold) is the most prized “throw” of all of Mardi Gras, so it only seemed appropriate to enjoy this classic Mardi Gras cocktail out of one.  To make your own, grab some plastic coconut cups (I found mine here), put some tap over the back of the straw hole, and spray paint the exterior. Let them dry, and use them as festive cups.




For 1 cocktail

2 ounces light rum

2 ounces dark rum

2 ounces strained passion fruit pulp

1 ounce lime juice

1 ounce orange juice

1 tablespoon aromatic simple syrup (recipe below)

1 1/2 teaspoons grenadine

1 pinch cayenne pepper

orange slice for garnish


Combine all of the ingredients, except for the garnish in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, and shake for 15 seconds.  Pour the drink and the ice into a glass (or golden coconut) and enjoy!


1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup water

1 bay leaf

5 whole pink or black pepper corns

5 allspice corns


  1. Elana

    I LOVE this golden pineapple idea! I think I’ll need to make some of these for my next Tiki Party. Also, cayenne in here sounds lovely. I’m such a fan of this drink (and passionfruit anything in general).

  2. Danielle

    This sounds absolutely delicious! The pictures are beautiful and love love love the golden coconut.

  3. Katelyn

    1) I’m making this tomorrow because after 2 weeks of Mardi Gras I don’t want to ever see another Miller Lite, plus it’s going to be freezing in Nola tomorrow and liquor warms the soul much more effectively than beer; and 2) have you tried the Old New Orleans Spiced Rum? It has cayenne, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and other great natural stuff in it and it would be amazing in this recipe.

    1. TheKitchyKitchen Post author

      Hi Katelyn, I haven’t but it sounds delicious! That would be so good in practically any recipe (especially hot buttered rum!). Thanks for the tip! xoxo


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