Chi-Chi Cocktail Recipe

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Chi-Chi Nutrition Facts


Fat:6 g

Protein:1 g

Carbohydrates:28 g


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 Chi-Chi cocktail is a tropical, fruity drink that originated in the 1950s. It was popularized in Hawaii and quickly became a favorite among beachgoers and vacationers. The cocktail is named after the Hawaiian word for 'breast' or 'bosom', which is a playful nod to its curvy, voluptuous presentation.

  • The Chi-Chi was created as a variation of the popular Piña Colada
  • It gained popularity in tiki bars and tropical-themed establishments
  • The cocktail is often associated with relaxation, leisure, and beach vacations

How Chi-Chi Tastes?

The Chi-Chi cocktail is a sweet, creamy, and refreshing drink with a hint of tartness from the pineapple juice. It has a smooth, velvety texture and a well-balanced flavor profile that combines fruity, tropical notes with a subtle hint of coconut.

Interesting facts about Chi-Chi

  • The Chi-Chi is sometimes referred to as a 'Vodka Piña Colada' due to its similar ingredients and flavor profile
  • The cocktail is often served in a hurricane glass, which is designed to showcase its vibrant colors and garnishes
  • The Chi-Chi can be easily customized by adding different fruit juices, flavored vodkas, or even blending it with ice for a frozen treat


  • Vodka: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Pineapple juice: 4 oz(120ml)
  • Cream of coconut: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Ice: 1 cup
  • Garnish: 1 Maraschino cherry
  • 1 pineapple wedge:

A few good options for Chi-Chi are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Using 2 oz of vodka gives the Chi-Chi just enough kick without overpowering the other flavors. The vodka acts as a canvas for the tropical flavors to shine. Plus, it keeps the party civilized; too much, and you might start feeling like a coconut-shaking hula dancer!

Mary Mitkina

Pineapple Juice

4 oz of pineapple juice is the tropical heart of this cocktail, offering a sweet and tangy base that pairs beautifully with the cream of coconut. Not enough juice and you'll miss out on the island vibe; too much, and you'll be adrift in a sea of pineapple!

Alex Green

Cream of Coconut

This 1 oz of cream of coconut is like the sunscreen for your cocktail, keeping everything smooth and preventing a burn. It adds a sweet, creamy texture that balances out the acidity of the pineapple juice. Forget this, and your drink loses its lush island character. No cream of coconut? Try substituting with coconut milk, but remember, it's less sweet and not as thick.

Emma Rose


About 1 cup of ice will do the trick to chill your drink without diluting it too much. Ice is the silent hero here; it's the difference between sipping on a chilled island delight or wrestling with a lukewarm fruit salad in a glass.

Mary Mitkina


The maraschino cherry and pineapple wedge are the finishing touches that say, 'I'm not just delicious; I'm fancy too!' A cocktail without a garnish is like a beach without sand—still enjoyable but something's clearly missing.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Chi-Chi Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add vodka, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut
  3. Shake well until chilled and well-mixed
  4. Strain into a hurricane glass filled with fresh ice
  5. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and pineapple wedge

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure the ingredients are well mixed
  • Use fresh pineapple juice for a more vibrant flavor
  • Chill the hurricane glass before serving to keep the cocktail cool for longer

Perfect Pairings


  • Crispy Coconut Shrimp: The sweet and tropical flavors of the Chi-Chi cocktail will complement the coconut breading of the shrimp perfectly.
  • Grilled Pineapple Skewers: The pineapple in both the skewers and the cocktail will echo each other, enhancing the tropical taste.
  • Cheese Platter: A selection of mild cheeses such as Monterey Jack or Gouda can provide a nice contrast to the sweetness of the cocktail.

Main Courses

  • Hawaiian Pizza: The pineapple elements in both the pizza and the cocktail could create a harmonious tropical experience.
  • Teriyaki Chicken: The slight sweetness of the teriyaki glaze will be balanced beautifully by the creamy coconut flavor of the Chi-Chi.


  • Key Lime Pie: Its tartness will cut through the sweetness of the Chi-Chi, creating a refreshing palate cleanser.
  • Coconut Flan: For those who adore the coconut flavor, pairing it with a coconut flan will double down on the rich, creamy goodness.

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What you could change in Chi-Chi

  • Vodka: Can be replaced with white rum for a more traditional Piña Colada flavor
  • Pineapple juice: Mango juice can be used for a different tropical twist
  • Cream of coconut: Coconut milk can be used as a lighter alternative

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Blue Hawaiian Chi-Chi

Ingredients: Add a splash of blue curaçao to your vodka, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut. Recipe: After shaking the original ingredients, pour in a splash of blue curaçao and give it a gentle stir to create a mesmerizing blue gradient. This twist adds a hint of citrus and an eye-catching color.

Spicy Chi-Chi

Ingredients: Include a small slice of jalapeño or a dash of hot sauce with the original ingredients. Recipe: Muddle the jalapeño piece or add the hot sauce in the shaker before the other ingredients. Shake well and strain into the glass. This will add a spicy kick to each sip and contrast the sweet creamy flavors.

Nutty Chi-Chi

Ingredients: Swap the vodka for a hazelnut liqueur such as Frangelico. Recipe: Replace the vodka with the hazelnut liqueur and shake well with the pineapple juice and cream of coconut. Strain it into your glass. The nutty flavor will make for a richer, dessert-like cocktail.

In case you forgot basics how to make Chi-Chi

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.

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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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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 Chi-Chi

What is the origin of the hurricane glass typically used for the Chi-Chi cocktail?

The hurricane glass is named for its resemblance to a hurricane lamp, it originated in the mid-20th century and is typically used for serving tropical or exotic cocktails.

What other types of cocktails can be served in a hurricane glass?

Other cocktails typically served in a hurricane glass include the Hurricane, Pina Colada, Blue Hawaii, and the Singapore Sling.

What are some good appetizers or meals to pair with the Chi-Chi cocktail?

The Chi-Chi pairs well with dishes that complement its tropical flavors, such as seafood, grilled chicken, dishes with coconut, and tropical fruits.

What are the visual components of the Chi-Chi presentation?

The presentation of the Chi-Chi includes the vibrant yellow color of the drink in a hurricane glass, garnished with a bright red maraschino cherry and a fresh pineapple wedge.

How strong is a Chi-Chi cocktail?

Depending on the amount of vodka used, it can be quite a strong drink. The sweetness of the pineapple and coconut mask the strength of the vodka.

What is the preferred vodka to use in a Chi-Chi cocktail?

A high-quality vodka is preferred for a smooth-tasting Chi-Chi cocktail. The choice of brand is up to personal preference, but some popular options include Grey Goose, Tito's, and Absolut.

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