What is a Hurricane Glass?

The hurricane glass is a tall, curved glass that’s shaped like a hurricane lamp or vase. It’s typically used to serve the Hurricane cocktail, from which it takes its name, as well as numerous other tropical and tiki cocktails like the Singapore Sling, Piña Colada, and Scorpion. If a recipe calls for a hurricane glass and you don’t have one on hand, you can always use a highball glass instead.

The hurricane glass was likely invented at Pat O’Brien’s bar in New Orleans, sometime in the 1940s. It’s more decorative than functional, and isn’t necessary for any drink aside its volume (usually about 20 ounces, which can accommodate large frozen drinks) and beachy aesthetic. However, it can be fun to have around for those days you feel like escaping to a tropical island.

Drinks served in the Hurricane Glass