Around the World in 60 Cocktails: Hura

You probably already know that Argentina has the tango, Japan has kabuki and Austria has the waltz. But did you know that the Cook Islands’ national dance is called the Hura? Sometimes called ura or ‘upa’upa, wild and sensuous movements accompany highly rhythmic drumming for a dance that, while reminiscent of the Hawaiian Hula or the Tahitian Tamuré, is far more lascivious and fierce.

The dance is still a great source of pride of the islanders; mothers oil their baby’s limbs from toddlerhood so that the skin is supple, and great care is taken over the costumes for both sexes.

Appropriately, this cocktail is a twist on the classic Queen’s Park Swizzle. Similar to a Mojito, sugar syrup is balanced by the fresh acidity of lime and passion fruit juice, while Plantation Pineapple Rum brings a rich and delicious bouquet of citrus peel, ripe banana spices and pineapple. We think this tropical and aromatic number will definitely have you in a spin!


  • 1 hdf. Fresh mint leaves
  • ½ oz. Sugar syrup
  • ½ oz. Fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz. Boiron Passion fruit
  • 1 ½ oz. Plantation Pineapple rum
  • 8 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

How to Prepare:

  1. Prepare a mint sprig garnish
  2. Collect a collins glass
  3. Slap mint & add to glass, press to release aromatics
  4. Add the remaining ingredients – except bitters
  5. Fill 3/4 full with crushed ice. Churn – be careful not to disturb the mint
  6. Fill to rim with crushed ice
  7. Evenly add bitters on top & cap with crushed ice