Exotic Cocktail Recipe

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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 Exotic cocktail, also known as the Tropical Paradise, was first created in the 1950s by renowned bartender Don Beach at his famous tiki bar in Hollywood. This cocktail quickly gained popularity among celebrities and tourists alike, who were drawn to its vibrant colors and unique flavors. The Exotic cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy tropical flavors and a touch of adventure.

  • The Exotic cocktail was inspired by the flavors of the South Pacific
  • It became a symbol of the tiki culture that was popular in the mid-20th century
  • The Exotic cocktail is often enjoyed at beachside bars and tropical-themed parties

How Exotic Tastes?

The Exotic cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet, sour, and fruity flavors. It has a refreshing and tropical taste, with a hint of tanginess from the citrus fruits. The cocktail is well-balanced, with a smooth and velvety texture that leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

Interesting facts about Exotic

  • The Exotic cocktail is sometimes served in a hollowed-out pineapple or coconut for an extra touch of tropical flair
  • The vibrant colors of the Exotic cocktail are reminiscent of a beautiful sunset on a tropical island
  • The Exotic cocktail is often garnished with a variety of tropical fruits and flowers, making it a visually stunning drink


Light Rum

An essential for the 'Exotic' due to its subtle, clean flavor which doesn't overpower the tropical juice flavors. At 1.5 oz, it's just the right kick - too much and you're sailing rough seas, too little and you're anchored in the doldrums.

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Dark Rum

1 oz of this adds richness and depth. Skip it and you lose the 'exotic' essence; it's like a beach without sand - just doesn't feel right.

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Orange Juice

At 2 oz, it's a dose of sunshine, providing citrus vibrancy. More could sideline other flavors, less might leave you searching for the 'orange' in your cocktail.

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Pineapple Juice

Another 2 oz for a tropical twist. No pineapple, no party - it's non-negotiable. Its sweetness and tartness balance the drink.

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Half an ounce to sweeten the deal and add a blush of color. It's the cocktail's 'blush' - leave it out and you miss the magic in the sunset.

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Lime Juice

A splash (0.5 oz) for that tangy kick. Too little and the drink falls flat; too much and you're puckering more than kissing the sunny shores 'hello'.

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Maraschino Cherry

The jewel of the garnish. Forget it, and you're missing the crown on this royal beverage.

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Orange Slice

A wheel perched on the rim makes it visually 'orange-licious'. No slice, how else would you know it's got orange without tasting?

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Pineapple Wedge

The finishing touch. A good cocktail is like a tropical vacation - incomplete without a palm tree (or in our case, the pineapple).

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Recipe. How to make Exotic Drink

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

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure all the ingredients are well combined
  • Use freshly squeezed orange and lime juice for a more authentic and refreshing taste
  • Chill the glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cool for longer

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled shrimp or lobster: The citrus flavors of the cocktail complement the sweetness of seafood.

  • Sushi: The light and fresh flavors in the sushi pair nicely with the tropical notes of the cocktail.


  • Coconut shrimp: The coconut breading echoes the tropical theme.

  • Fruit skewers: The fruit juices in the drink make it a perfect match for similarly flavored fresh fruit.

Spicy Dishes

  • Jerk chicken: The spiciness pairs well with the sweetness and the acidity of the cocktail.


  • Key lime pie: The tartness of the lime in both the pie and the cocktail creates a harmonious flavor.

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What you could change in Exotic

  • Light rum: Can be replaced with vodka for a less sweet taste
  • Dark rum: Can be substituted with bourbon for a smoky flavor
  • Orange juice: Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice can be used for a more tart taste
  • Pineapple juice: Mango juice can be used for a more tropical flavor

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Tropical Breeze

  • Substitute coconut rum for light rum
  • Add a splash of cream of coconut

Go nuts with coconut! This creamy twist turns your 'Exotic' into a seaside sipper that's smoother than a calm sea at dawn.

Berry Exotic

  • Add 0.5 oz of raspberry liqueur
  • Use cranberry juice instead of orange juice

Berry yourself in this berry bonanza! A tarter, berry-rich variant that'll have you thinking of exotic islands flanked by berry bushes.

Spiced Sunset

  • Use spiced rum instead of dark rum
  • Add a dash of cinnamon syrup

Spice up your life - or at least your drink. This twist brings warmth and mystery, like watching a sunset while wrapped in a spicy blanket.

In case you forgot basics how to make Exotic

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 Exotic

What kind of rum would be best for the Exotic cocktail?

While the recipe calls for light and dark rum, a quality, aged Caribbean rum would enhance the cocktail's tropical flavors even more.

Can I use a different type of citrus juice if I don't have orange or lime?

Yes, you can use a different type of citrus juice like lemon or grapefruit, however, it may slightly alter the taste of the cocktail.

Is the Exotic cocktail considered a tiki cocktail?

Yes, it's considered a tiki cocktail as it was inspired by the flavors of the South Pacific and is often served in tiki bars.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Exotic cocktail?

Yes, you can substitute the rum with a non-alcoholic spirit or simply omit it to enjoy a refreshing tropical fruit punch.

Why is it typically preferred to use freshly squeezed juices in cocktails?

Freshly squeezed juices are often preferred in cocktails for their fresh and vibrant flavors.

What's the best way to store unused cocktail ingredients, such as fruit juices?

Unused ingredients such as juices should be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for maximum freshness.

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