High Tide 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 High Tide cocktail is a tropical drink that takes you straight to the beach. It's a popular choice for those who love fruity cocktails and want to feel like they're on a vacation. The cocktail was first created in the Caribbean, where the fresh tropical fruits are abundant. It's a favorite among beach-goers and those who love the sea.

  • Who would like it: If you're a fan of fruity, tropical drinks, this one is for you. It's also great for those who like rum-based cocktails.

How High Tide Tastes?

The High Tide cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet and sour. The tropical fruits give it a sweet, juicy flavor, while the lime juice adds a tangy kick. The rum adds a strong, warming note, making it a well-balanced and refreshing cocktail.

Interesting facts about High Tide

  • The High Tide cocktail is often served in a highball glass, which is where it gets its name from.

  • It's a popular cocktail in the Caribbean, especially in beach bars.

  • The cocktail is usually garnished with a slice of pineapple or a cherry.



The 2 oz of rum gives this cocktail its boozy backbone and soul. Lean towards a lighter rum for a more refreshing zest, or a dark rum for a deeper, caramel-like sweetness. Without it, you're basically left with fancy fruit juice. And remember, always drink responsibly – or you might find the high tide carrying you away.

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Pineapple Juice

Mixing in 2 oz of pineapple juice adds tropical flair with its natural sweetness and acidity. Too much and you'd sink into a sugary swamp; too little, and it's like a beach without sun. If you want to play with waves, try using mango juice for a twist.

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Orange Juice

Another 2 oz of orange juice offers a citrusy sunrise in a glass. This juice brings balance – it's like the sun in our cocktail solar system. But if you want to sail into different seas, blood orange juice can bring a ruby red richness to the voyage.

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Lime Juice

Why lime juice? Because 1 oz sharpens the cocktail's edge – it's the zest that makes waves. Not enough and you'll miss the tang; too much and you'll be squeezing your face more than the limes. Alternative: try lemon juice if you're feeling rebellious, though it's a bit like riding a dolphin instead of surfing.

Alex Green


With 1 tsp of grenadine, we're not just adding color, we're painting the sunset. It's the sweet whisper at the end of a sip. Without it, the High Tide could lack depth, kind of like a sandcastle at low tide. Try pomegranate syrup if you want a different shade to the evening sky.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make High Tide Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, and grenadine.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a slice of pineapple or a cherry.

Pro Tips

Use fresh juices when possible for the best flavor.

  • Don't overdo it with the grenadine, as it can make the cocktail too sweet.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The citrus notes of the High Tide complement the smokiness of grilled shrimp or fish.
  • Chicken Kebabs: The sweetness of pineapple pairs well with the savory flavors of marinated chicken.
  • Tropical Fruit Salad: Enhance the fruit flavors in the drink with a fresh fruit salad containing mango, papaya, and pineapple.
  • Spicy Appetizers: The sweetness of the cocktail can balance the heat from dishes like spicy chicken wings or jalapeño poppers.

Drink Pairings

  • Coconut Water: For a non-alcoholic refreshment that complements the tropical vibe.
  • Craft IPA: A hoppy beer can offer a bitter contrast to the sweetness of the cocktail.
  • Chilled White Wine: A crisp, dry white wine like Sauvignon Blanc works well with the fruity elements.

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What you could change in High Tide

You can substitute the rum with vodka for a different kick.

  • If you don't have grenadine, you can use a splash of cranberry juice.

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Coconut High Tide

  • 2 oz Coconut Rum
  • 2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 2 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp Grenadine

Swap out the regular rum for coconut rum and you've got a creamy, nuttier wave rolling in. The coconut will make you feel like you're sipping under palm trees. Follow the original recipe, but sail the coconut seas and sprinkle with shredded coconut for garnish.

Sunrise Tide

  • 2 oz Rum
  • 2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 2 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Grenadine

Pour it out and pause—let that grenadine settle to paint a true sunrise, with blended colors swirling in your glass. The extra grenadine will leave a sweeter aftertaste, as if the sun itself were dancing on your tongue.

Spicy Tide

  • 2 oz Spiced Rum
  • 2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 2 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp Grenadine
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

This one's not for the faint of heart. The spiced rum and a pinch of cayenne pepper turn the High Tide into a tempest in a glass. It'll add a surprise kick—like finding out your beach party is also a salsa dance. Stir it up, fiery sailor!

In case you forgot basics how to make High Tide

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 High Tide

Can I use pre-mixed juices instead of fresh ones for the High Tide cocktail?

While pre-mixed or store-bought juices can be used in a pinch, for the best and most fresh-tasting results, it is recommended that you use fresh juice.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the High Tide cocktail?

Yes, for a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the rum. You can also add some sparkling water or club soda for an extra kick.

What type of rum is best for the High Tide cocktail?

A white rum is often used in this cocktail to not overpower the fresh fruit juices, but for a deeper flavor, feel free to use dark or spiced rum.

Why is it called High Tide?

The cocktail is named High Tide because when served in a highball glass with its vibrant color mimics the high tides of the Caribbean sea.

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