Attitude Adjustment Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Attitude Adjustment cocktail is a relatively modern invention, with no clear origin story. However, it's quickly become a favorite among those who appreciate a strong, fruity cocktail. It's a great choice for those who enjoy tropical flavors and a good kick of alcohol.

  • Origins: Unknown
  • Popularity: Popular among fans of fruity, strong cocktails
  • Ideal For: Summer parties, beach vacations, or any time you need an 'attitude adjustment'

How Attitude Adjustment Tastes?

The Attitude Adjustment cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet, sour, and strong. The sweetness of the pineapple juice is balanced by the tartness of the lime, while the rum and vodka provide a potent alcoholic kick.

Interesting facts about Attitude Adjustment

  • Despite its strong alcohol content, the Attitude Adjustment is often described as a 'sneaky' cocktail because the fruity flavors can mask the strength of the alcohol.
  • The Attitude Adjustment is a versatile cocktail that can be served either on the rocks or blended into a slushie.
  • While it's a relatively new cocktail, the Attitude Adjustment has already inspired several variations, including versions with coconut rum or blue curaçao.


A few good options for Attitude Adjustment are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


  • Use: 1.5oz for a balanced boozy kick. Flavor: Adds complexity and a subtle sweetness. Without it?: The drink loses its depth. Alternatives: Try spiced rum for a more robust flavor.

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  • Use: 1.5oz to boost the alcohol content without overpowering flavors. Flavor: Mostly neutral. Without it?: A lighter drink. Alternatives: Flavored vodka can add a unique twist.

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Pineapple Juice

  • Use: 4oz for the perfect tropical base. Flavor: Adds sweetness and acidity. Without it?: You’d miss the tropical character. Alternatives: Mango juice can offer a similar vibe.

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Lime Juice

  • Use: 1oz for a zesty tang. Flavor: Citrusy brightness. Without it?: The cocktail would be too sweet. Alternatives: Lemon juice could give a similar tartness but with a different profile.

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  • Use: 0.5oz for color and a touch of sweetness. Flavor: It's a sweet, deep flavor with a hint of cherry. Without it?: A less colorful and flatter taste. Alternatives: Raspberry syrup can provide a similar sweetness with a berry twist.

Emma Rose

Ice Cubes

  • Use: As needed to chill and slightly dilute the drink. Without it?: A warm and overly strong cocktail.

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Pineapple Slice and Maraschino Cherry

  • Use: For garnish. Adds eye appeal and a hint of flavor. Without it?: It would still taste the same, but presentation matters!

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Attitude Adjustment Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the rum, vodka, pineapple juice, lime juice, and grenadine.
  3. Shake well until chilled.
  4. Strain into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure the ingredients are well mixed.
  • Chill your glass before serving for an extra refreshing cocktail.

Perfect Pairings


  • Tropical Fruit Plates: The fresh and zesty nature of the cocktail pairs well with a plate of tropical fruits, complementing the pineapple juice in the drink.
  • Shrimp Cocktails: The fruity, tangy profile of the Attitude Adjustment cuts through the seafood flavors, making for a balanced experience.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken or Fish: The citrusy accents of the lime juice bring out the flavors in lighter proteins.
  • Spicy Thai Dishes: The sweetness of the grenadine and the freshness of pineapple juice can provide a cooling counter to spice-heavy meals.


  • Coconut Cream Pie: The creaminess of the pie can be a delightful contrast to the sharpness of the cocktail.
  • Key Lime Pie: Enhances the lime notes of the drink for a tangy dessert pairing.

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What you could change in Attitude Adjustment

  • Rum: Can be substituted with tequila or gin
  • Vodka: Can be substituted with white rum
  • Pineapple Juice: Can be substituted with orange juice
  • Lime Juice: Can be substituted with lemon juice
  • Grenadine: Can be substituted with simple syrup

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Spicy Attitude

  • Ingredients: Substitute rum with tequila, add a slice of jalapeño.
  • Recipe: Follow the original, but with tequila and muddle the jalapeño before shaking.
  • Flavor: Adds a spicy kick and a tequila twist that brings a new dimension.

Sunset Mood Adjustment

  • Ingredients: Add orange juice and omit grenadine.
  • Recipe: Use equal parts of pineapple and orange juice.
  • Flavor: A fruitier and more citrus-forward flavor profile.

Cool Caribbean Breeze

  • Ingredients: Add coconut cream and use coconut rum.
  • Recipe: Shake 1oz of coconut cream with the other ingredients.
  • Flavor: A creamy texture with a hint of tropical coconut.

In case you forgot basics how to make Attitude Adjustment

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

Learn everything on how to shake

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Attitude Adjustment

What type of rum is best for this cocktail?

While the recipe doesn't specify, a light or white rum works nicely. It provides a clean, light taste, which pairs well with the other ingredients.

Can I use a different type of fruit juice?

Yes, you can experiment with different juices, but it might alter the taste and color of the cocktail. Orange and mango juice are good alternatives.

Is this cocktail consider strong?

Yes, it has a potent combination of rum and vodka which makes it strong. However, the fruity flavors can mask the strength of the alcohol.

What are some other variations of this cocktail?

There are many variations to this cocktail. Some include adding coconut rum or passion fruit juice, or using a different type of sweetener like honey instead of grenadine.

What can be used as a substitute for grenadine?

Simple syrup or cherry juice are the commonly used substitutes for grenadine.

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