Capri Sun Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:10%

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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 Capri Sun Cocktail is a fun and fruity drink that was inspired by the popular children's juice pouch, Capri Sun. This cocktail is a favorite among those who enjoy sweet, fruity cocktails and is perfect for summer parties or beach vacations. The Capri Sun Cocktail was first created in the early 2000s by a bartender who wanted to create a nostalgic drink that reminded people of their childhood.

How Capri Sun Cocktail Tastes?

The Capri Sun Cocktail is sweet, tangy, and refreshing. The combination of vodka, orange juice, and cranberry juice gives it a fruity flavor, while the splash of lemon-lime soda adds a fizzy, citrusy kick.

Interesting facts about Capri Sun Cocktail

  • The Capri Sun Cocktail is named after the popular children's juice pouch, Capri Sun.
  • Despite its sweet and fruity flavor, this cocktail packs a punch with its vodka content.
  • The Capri Sun Cocktail is often served in a highball glass with a straw, mimicking the juice pouch it's named after.


A few good options for Capri Sun Cocktail are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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The vodka is the spirit backbone of our Capri Sun Cocktail, providing a clean, neutral canvas for the other flavors to shine. At 1.5 oz, it's just enough to let you know it's there without knocking you off your sun lounger. Too little and our cocktail's more virgin than a high school prom; too much and you'll be sunburnt before sunset.

Alex Green

Orange Juice

At 1 oz, the orange juice adds a zesty citrus kick that brightens everything up like sunshine on a cloudy day. Leave it out and you'll miss the tang that plays so well with the cranberry's tartness. Substitute it with something like mango juice, and you're in for a tropical twist.

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Cranberry Juice

Again, 1 oz of this tart treasure balances the sweet and adds a rosy blush to our drink's complexion. Miss the cranberry, and you lose that essential tangy tease that whispers, 'summer fling'. Apple juice could work in a pinch, but it'll be like kissing your cousin—nice, but not the thrill we're after.

Mary Mitkina

Lemon-Lime Soda

Just a half-ounce tickle of this fizzy stuff makes our cocktail sparkle like the ocean under the noonday sun. Forget it, and it's like a pool party without the inflatable unicorn—still fun, but missing some sparkle. A dash of ginger ale could sub in for an exotic fizz, though.

Alex Green

Ice Cubes

These chilly characters keep our cocktail as cool as a cucumber. Use just enough to chill; overdo it, and you'll water down the party. No ice means warm sips, and nobody wants a lukewarm Capri Sun.

Emma Rose

Orange Slice

For garnish, the orange slice is that final stylish accessory, like a pair of shades on a sunny day. Ditch it, and the drink's charm wanes faster than your tan in winter. A lime wheel could step in, adding a green twist to our sunset palette.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Capri Sun Cocktail Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour in the vodka, orange juice, and cranberry juice.
  3. Stir well to combine.
  4. Top with the lemon-lime soda.
  5. Garnish with an orange slice and serve with a straw.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh-squeezed orange juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill your glass beforehand for a colder, more refreshing drink.
  • Don't skimp on the ice! The more ice, the colder your drink will stay.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Plate: A selection of mild cheeses, like gouda or brie, will complement the fruitiness without overpowering the drink.
  • Seafood: Light seafood dishes such as shrimp cocktail or a fresh ceviche will pair nicely with the citrus notes.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken Salad: The crispness of the salad and the smoky flavor of the chicken will balance the sweetness of the cocktail.
  • Pork Tenderloin: With a fruit glaze, it will echo the cranberry and orange flavors in the drink.


  • Lemon Sorbet: Refreshing and light, it will amplify the zesty components of the cocktail.
  • Fruit Tart: The buttery crust and sweet fruit will pair beautifully with the Capri Sun Cocktail's profile.

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What you could change in Capri Sun Cocktail

  • Vodka: Can be substituted with rum or gin for a different flavor profile.
  • Orange Juice: Can be substituted with pineapple juice or mango juice for a tropical twist.
  • Lemon-Lime Soda: Can be substituted with club soda for a less sweet version.

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And of course - twists🍹

Berry Sun Fizz

  • Swap the vodka for raspberry-flavored vodka
  • Add a splash of Chambord raspberry liqueur
  • Replace lemon-lime soda with club soda Give the Capri Sun Cocktail a berry twist! The raspberry vodka adds an extra fruity zing, Chambord deepens the berry flavor, and club soda keeps it light and spritzy.

Tropical Sun Wave

  • Use coconut rum instead of vodka
  • Mix in a splash of pineapple juice
  • Garnish with a pineapple wedge A tropical vacation in a glass! Coconut rum brings beachy vibes, pineapple juice adds island sweetness, and the pineapple wedge makes every sip a mini holiday.

Capri Sunset Martini

  • Increase vodka to 2 oz and serve in a martini glass
  • Use fresh squeezed orange juice for a punchier flavor
  • A float of Grenadine for a sunset gradient effect The sophisticated cousin of the Capri Sun Cocktail. It's stronger, with a bolder citrus note, and the Grenadine creates a stunning visual effect that says 'cheers to the end of a perfect day.'

In case you forgot basics how to make Capri Sun Cocktail

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 Capri Sun Cocktail

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version by leaving out the vodka and using a non-alcoholic substitute such as sparkling water, or simply adding more of the other juices.

What other garnishes can be used for this cocktail?

In addition to the orange slice, other citrus slices such as lime or lemon can also enhance the flavor. Some people also like to add a cherry.

Why is it important to serve this cocktail with a straw?

Serving a cocktail with a straw is mainly aesthetic and matches the childhood theme. But it also allows the drinker to stir the cocktail and keep the flavors well mixed.

Are there any popular variations of the Capri Sun Cocktail?

Yes, some variations include fruity liquors such as peach schnapps or raspberry liqueur to add a different fruity flavor, whereas some people prefer a splash of grenadine.

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