Recipe: The Hurricane, 1930

1930 Hurricane cocktail


James “Jimmy” Charters, CIRO’S, London, 1930

Jimmie Charters by Hilaire Hiler

Jimmie Charters, sketched by Hilaire Hiler for Charter’s memoire, 1937.

For a decade before the rum cocktail as we know it appeared in 1940, the Hurricane was a whisky-based drink! Variations appeared starting with James “late of Ciro’s” Charter.

In the early 1930s, Agua Caliente resort in Mexico used their house blend “Johnnie Aggie” Scotch whisky (think Johnnie Walker).

1 ounce fresh lemon juice

1 ounce crème de menthe

1 ounce London dry gin

1 ounce Scotch whisky

Shake with ice, and double-strain into a small coupe.


Title page of the cocktail book “Cocktails by Jimmy,” 1930 edition.