Captain On Acid 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 Captain On Acid is a fun, fruity cocktail that has been popular in bars and nightclubs for many years. It's a tropical drink that is often served in a shot glass, making it a favorite for parties and gatherings. The cocktail is named after the Captain Morgan rum that is used in the recipe, and the 'Acid' part of the name comes from the sour taste of the pineapple juice and lime used in the drink. It's a favorite amongst those who enjoy sweet and sour cocktails with a strong kick.

How Captain On Acid Tastes?

The Captain On Acid is a sweet and sour cocktail with a strong rum flavor. The pineapple juice and lime give it a tropical, fruity taste, while the Captain Morgan rum and Amaretto add a rich, warm depth. The cocktail is finished off with a dash of grenadine, which adds a sweet, syrupy note to the drink.

Interesting facts about Captain On Acid

  • The Captain On Acid is often served as a shot, making it a popular choice for parties and gatherings.
  • Despite its name, the cocktail does not contain any actual acid.
  • The cocktail is named after the Captain Morgan rum that is used in the recipe.


Captain Morgan Rum

Used for its distinctive spicy kick, Captain Morgan Rum lends a warm, Caribbean feel to the cocktail. If less is used, you might not feel the rum's presence; too much could overpower the other flavors.

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This almond-flavored liqueur adds a sweet, nutty complexity. Without it, you'd miss the depth. A bit more could make the drink too sweet, so be cautious.

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Pineapple Juice

It provides a tropical fruitiness and helps balance the strong flavors of the rum and Amaretto. The cocktail would be less vibrant and refreshing without it.

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Lime Slice

Adds a necessary tartness and freshness that cuts through the sweetness. If omitted, the cocktail could end up cloying.

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A little goes a long way—provides color and a hint of pomegranate sweetness. It makes the final layer of the drink and skipping it would lose the cocktail's signature appearance and subtle fruity finish.

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Recipe. How to make Captain On Acid Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the Captain Morgan rum, Amaretto, and pineapple juice to the shaker.
  3. Squeeze in the juice of one lime slice.
  4. Shake well until the mixture is well chilled.
  5. Strain the mixture into a shot glass.
  6. Top with a dash of grenadine.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to ensure all the flavors are well combined.
  • Serve the cocktail immediately after making it to ensure it is as cold as possible.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Shrimp: The sweetness and fruitiness of the Captain On Acid cocktail complements the smoky flavor of grilled shrimp.
  • Teriyaki Chicken Skewers: The pineapple juice in the drink ties nicely with the sweet and savory teriyaki sauce.
  • Cheese Platters: Particularly those with sharp and creamy cheeses which balance the sweetness and acidity of the cocktail.
  • Tropical Fruit Salad: Amplifies the tropical notes and makes for a refreshing pairing.

Drink Pairings

  • Coconut Water: For a non-alcoholic accompaniment that maintains the tropical vibe.
  • Ice Cold Beer: As a palate cleanser between sips of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Captain On Acid

  • If you don't have Captain Morgan rum, you can substitute it with any other spiced rum.
  • Amaretto can be replaced with any other almond-flavored liqueur.
  • If you don't have pineapple juice, you can use any other tropical fruit juice.

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Caribbean Blue Twist

Ingredients: Blue Curaçao instead of grenadine, coconut rum instead of Captain Morgan, pineapples for garnish.

Recipe: Follow the original recipe but finish with Blue Curaçao to infuse a deep blue sea vibe. The coconut rum will enhance the tropical tone.

Taste: A more profound tropical escape with a mesmerizing blue hue.

Spiced Apple Pirate

Ingredients: Apple cider, a cinnamon stick, and spiced rum. Recipe: Replace pineapple juice with apple cider and add a cinnamon stick while shaking. Use spiced rum for an autumnal spin on the drink.

Taste: It's like sailing through a pirate's orchard at the peak of fall!

The Sour Mariner

Ingredients: Lemon juice, a splash of club soda, fresh mint. Recipe: Use lemon juice in place of pineapple juice and top off with club soda. Muddle the mint at the bottom of the glass for an herby kick.

Taste: A fresh, zesty, and effervescent twist, perfect for clearing the decks!

In case you forgot basics how to make Captain On Acid

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Captain On Acid

What type of glass is suitable for serving a 'Captain On Acid' cocktail?

The 'Captain On Acid' cocktail is usually served in a shot glass. However, you can serve it in any type of glass you prefer, as long as it is fairly small to maintain the essence of it being a shot drink.

Can different variants of rum like white or dark be used, instead of spiced rum?

While the recipe specifically calls for Captain Morgan, which is a spiced rum, you might achieve a slightly different, but still pleasant taste with either white or dark rum. The spiced rum however imparts a unique flavor which might be missed if replaced.

Is it advisable to make a large batch of the 'Captain On Acid' cocktail?

While you can make a large batch of 'Captain On Acid', it is advisable to make it in single servings. The cocktail is best served immediately after mixing to maintain the flavor and the temperature.

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