Black Superman 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 Black Superman is a cocktail that gained popularity in the 70s and 80s, often associated with disco culture. Its name is believed to be inspired by the song 'Black Superman - Muhammad Ali' by Johnny Wakelin & the Kinshasa Band, which was a hit in 1975. This cocktail is a favorite among those who enjoy a strong, fruity drink with a kick.

How Black Superman Tastes?

The Black Superman is a powerful, full-bodied cocktail. It has a sweet, fruity taste with a strong alcoholic undertone. The combination of tropical fruit flavors and dark rum gives it a unique, rich flavor profile.

Interesting facts about Black Superman

  • The Black Superman is often served in a highball glass.
  • Despite its name, the cocktail is not black but rather a dark, rich amber color.
  • The cocktail's name is believed to be a tribute to the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali.


Dark Rum (2oz)

Dark rum is the backbone of our Black Superman, giving it a rich, molasses-like sweetness with a bit of a kick. Fear not the dark—the rum, that is! Less would make Superman tipsy rather than flying, and more could create a villain of a hangover. Skip it and you'll have a sidekick punch instead of a superhero cocktail. Want to mix it up? Try spiced rum for an extra zing.

Alex Green

Pineapple Juice (2oz)

Pineapple juice brings the tropical vibe, making you feel like you’re sipping this cocktail on a beach with your toes in the sand. If we fall short, our cocktail might lose its Superman cape and just be 'meh'. Too much and Kryptonite might actually taste good in comparison. If pineapple isn’t your jam, mango juice could be your Lois Lane—still tropical, but a bit different.

Emma Rose

Orange Juice (2oz)

Orange juice is the citrusy sidekick, brightening up our dark rum with a punch of sunshine. Serving less could leave your powers weakened, while more could turn the drink into an overly sweet, citrusy comic book catastrophe. No orange juice? Try grapefruit juice for a tangier twist.

Mary Mitkina

Grenadine (1 tsp)

Grenadine is like the phone booth where Clark Kent becomes Superman. It quietly contributes a hint of color and a whisper of sweetness. Without it, our hero might not look the part. A dash more could be overkill, painting our drink like a sunset but making it too sweet. If you’re out of grenadine, a raspberry syrup can step in to save the day and add a berry twist.

Alex Green

Ice Cubes

Ice cubes: the unsung hero that cools our drink to perfection. Without them, you'll have a lukewarm day in Metropolis. Too much ice, and you’ll be diluting the might of our hero faster than a speed train. If you're out of ice, you could chill the ingredients beforehand, but for the true experience, ice is a must.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Black Superman Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour 2oz of dark rum over the ice.
  3. Add 2oz of pineapple juice and 2oz of orange juice.
  4. Stir well.
  5. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of grenadine over the top.
  6. Garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh juices for the best taste.
  • Add the grenadine last to create a beautiful layered effect.
  • Chill your glass before serving for an extra refreshing drink.

Perfect Pairings

Appetizers & Snacks

  • Grilled Shrimp: The sweetness of the rum and juices will complement the charred flavors of grilled shrimp.
  • Teriyaki Chicken Skewers: The tropical flavors will pair nicely with the sweet and savory teriyaki sauce.
  • Spicy Nuts: The heat from the nuts will be balanced by the cocktail's sweet components.

Main Courses

  • Jerk Chicken: The spicy and aromatic components of jerk seasoning will be cooled by the fruity, refreshing cocktail.
  • Caribbean-inspired Fish Tacos: The sweet and citrus notes of the cocktail will enhance the flavors of the fish and mango salsa.


  • Coconut-based Desserts: The tropical profile of the cocktail matches perfectly with coconut flavors.
  • Fruit Tarts: The acidity of the fruits in the tarts will be balanced by the sweetness of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Black Superman

  • You can substitute the dark rum with light rum for a lighter taste.
  • If you don't have grenadine, you can use a cherry syrup or raspberry syrup.

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Kryptonite Kick

Swap dark rum for coconut rum, for a flavor twist that gives your cocktail a tropical kick strong enough to make even Superman take notice. You'll need 2oz coconut rum. Follow the original recipe but with this substitution. It'll feel like a vacation in a glass, with a smoother, lighter rum vibe.

Super Citrus Squeeze

Add a splash of fresh lime juice and swap grenadine for blue curaçao. This twist brightens up the drink with a citrusy punch and gives it a captivating blue hue like Superman's suit. Your Black Superman will not only look heroic but have a sharper, edgier taste. Watch out for the deliciousness—it might just save the world.

Red Sun Rising

Introduce a half-ounce of Amaretto to the mix, honoring Superman’s vulnerability to red sun radiation. The nutty almond flavor adds a layer of complexity that'll intrigue your taste buds. Follow the standard recipe but include this addition. The result: A cocktail with an enigmatic twist, sure to have your guests asking for the origin story.

In case you forgot basics how to make Black Superman

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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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 Black Superman

Can I use different types of rum for this cocktail?

The original recipe calls for dark rum, but you can substitute it with light rum or spiced rum, each variation will give a unique taste to the cocktail.

What can I use as a garnish if I don't have an orange slice and a cherry?

You can use any fruit you have on hand like a slice of lemon or lime. Some also use a sprig of mint or even a small umbrella for decoration.

Can this cocktail be made in a pitcher for parties?

Absolutely! Just multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you need. Remember to add the ice right before serving to prevent dilution.

Is Black Superman a strong cocktail in terms of alcohol content?

Yes, this cocktail can be quite strong, as it contains 2 oz of rum which makes up about 20% of its total volume.

Does the type of rum I use make a significant difference in the taste of the cocktail?

Yes, dark rum is usually more flavorful and will give your cocktail a deeper, richer taste compared to light rum.

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