Flying Dutchman 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 Flying Dutchman cocktail is inspired by the legendary ghost ship that was said to never be able to make port, doomed to sail the oceans forever. This mysterious and alluring cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a sense of adventure and the unknown. It is believed to have been created in the early 20th century, and has since become a favorite among seafaring enthusiasts and those who appreciate a unique and captivating drink.

How Flying Dutchman Tastes?

The Flying Dutchman cocktail is a harmonious blend of sweet, sour, and slightly bitter flavors. It has a strong, yet smooth, taste with a hint of citrus and a warming sensation from the rum.

Interesting facts about Flying Dutchman

  • The name 'Flying Dutchman' comes from the legendary ghost ship that is said to be cursed to sail the oceans forever.
  • This cocktail is believed to have been created in the early 20th century.
  • The Flying Dutchman is a favorite among seafaring enthusiasts and those who appreciate a unique and captivating drink.


A few good options for Flying Dutchman are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Dark Rum

Why 2 oz?: This is the backbone of the cocktail, providing a rich and warming base. It's just enough to assert its presence without overpowering the other flavors. Without it?: You'd lack depth and complexity. Using more can lead to an overly boozy drink, and less can create a weak cocktail.

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Orange Curaçao

This adds a sweet, orangey tang. Its 1 oz portion balances the rum's strength while complementing the lime. Omitting it would leave the drink less vibrant. Alternative: Triple sec could be used, but expect a slightly less nuanced orange flavor.

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Lime Juice

Ah, the zesty 1 oz of lime juice! It's what gives your cocktail its fresh kick—a bit less could make the drink too sweet, too much, and you might pucker up more than you'd like. No lime juice? You'll miss the tart contrast.

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Simple Syrup

Half an ounce adds just enough sweetness to smooth out the acids. It's like the mediator in a tangy debate—if you skip it, the cocktail might be too sharp. Too much syrup, and you're attending a sugar rush party.

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Orange Wheel

Not just for show, it's an aromatic garnish that invites you to take a sip. No orange wheel? The cocktail loses a touch of its charm and citrusy aroma.

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Ginger Ale

The mixer that tops up our creation, bringing bubbles and a ginger zing. Omitting it, expect a much flatter experience—like a sea without waves!

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Recipe. How to make Flying Dutchman Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the dark rum, orange curaçao, lime juice, and simple syrup.
  3. Shake well until chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Top up with ginger ale.
  6. Garnish with an orange wheel.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime juice for a more vibrant flavor.
  • Chill your glass before serving to keep your cocktail cool longer.
  • Shake well to ensure all ingredients are well mixed.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The citrus notes in the Flying Dutchman pair beautifully with the caramelized flavors of grilled shrimp or fish.
  • Spicy Appetizers: Complement the zesty lime and ginger with spicy foods like jalapeño poppers or buffalo wings for a flavor explosion.
  • Citrus or Tropical Fruit Salads: The refreshing nature of this cocktail goes well with fruit salads that have a slight acidic touch.

Drink Pairings

  • Cold Brew Coffee: For a non-alcoholic option, the rich, smooth taste of cold brew coffee can be a pleasant contrast to the Flying Dutchman's zest.
  • A light lager: If someone isn't into cocktails, a crisp lager could cleanse the palate between sips of this cocktail.

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What you could change in Flying Dutchman

  • Dark rum: Can be replaced with light rum for a less intense flavor.
  • Orange curaçao: Triple sec can be used as a substitute.
  • Ginger ale: Can be replaced with club soda for a less sweet version.

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Coconut Dutchman

Swap out dark rum for coconut rum and use coconut water instead of ginger ale. The Coconut Dutchman will transport your taste buds to a tropical paradise with a sweeter, creamier profile.

  • Ingredients: Coconut rum, orange curaçao, lime juice, simple syrup, coconut water

Spicy Dutchman

Add a few thin slices of jalapeño to the shaker before adding the other ingredients. The Spicy Dutchman will pack a punch and offer a daring contrast to the sweet and citrusy notes.

  • Ingredients: Dark rum, orange curaçao, lime juice, simple syrup, ginger ale, jalapeño slices

Herbal Dutchman

Muddle a few leaves of fresh basil in the simple syrup before adding it to the shaker. The Herbal Dutchman will exude freshness and an herbal twist, giving a fragrant lift to every sip.

  • Ingredients: Dark rum, orange curaçao, lime juice, basil-infused simple syrup, ginger ale

In case you forgot basics how to make Flying Dutchman

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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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 Flying Dutchman

What type of glass is best for serving the Flying Dutchman cocktail?

The Flying Dutchman is typically served in a highball glass, to accommodate the large quantity of the cocktail.

Can I use any brand of dark rum for the Flying Dutchman cocktail?

Yes, you can use any brand of dark rum. However, for the best results, it is recommended to use a high-quality rum.

What is the alcohol content of the Flying Dutchman cocktail?

The exact alcohol content can vary based on the brands of liquor used, but it is typically around 20%.

What is another name for Orange curaçao?

Orange curaçao is also known as Triple Sec.

Can I make the Flying Dutchman cocktail in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the cocktail mix in advance. However, it's best to add the ginger ale just before serving to maintain its effervescence.

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