Jamaican 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 Jamaican cocktail is a tropical delight that originated in the beautiful island of Jamaica. Known for its vibrant culture, music, and stunning beaches, Jamaica has always been a popular destination for tourists and cocktail enthusiasts alike. This cocktail is a favorite among those who enjoy fruity, refreshing drinks with a hint of Caribbean flair.

  • The Jamaican cocktail was first created in the 1950s by a local bartender in Montego Bay.
  • It quickly gained popularity among tourists and locals alike, becoming a staple at beachside bars and resorts.
  • The drink is often associated with the laid-back, fun-loving spirit of Jamaica and its people.

How Jamaican Tastes?

The Jamaican cocktail is a delightful mix of sweet, sour, and fruity flavors. The combination of rum, pineapple juice, and grenadine creates a tropical taste sensation that is both refreshing and invigorating. The drink is well-balanced, with the tartness of the lime juice cutting through the sweetness of the other ingredients.

Interesting facts about Jamaican

  • The Jamaican cocktail is sometimes referred to as the 'Jamaican Sunset' due to its vibrant, colorful appearance.
  • The drink is often served in a hurricane glass, which is designed to showcase the beautiful layers of the cocktail.
  • The Jamaican cocktail is a popular choice for beachside celebrations and pool parties, thanks to its refreshing, tropical flavor profile.


White Rum

White rum is the spirit base of our Jamaican cocktail. Its clean, slightly sweet profile brings the alcohol content without overpowering the tropical flavors. 2 oz is just enough to give you that pleasant warmth. If you skimp on the rum, the drink can feel too juvenile, but too much, and you'll be overshadowing the other flavors—or finding your way to the floor a bit too swiftly!

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Pineapple Juice

4 oz provides that quintessential tropical flavor and a natural sweetness. Without it, you'd lose the 'Jamaican' vibe and end up with a rather dull rum-lime mix. Substitute with mango juice for a different tropical twist, but pineapple is your gold standard here.

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Fresh Lime Juice

At 1 oz, fresh lime juice gives the necessary acidity to balance the sweetness of the juice and the grenadine. It's like a splash of excitement in the cocktail. Missing out on the lime would mean a one-dimensional drink, potentially cloying and flat.

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Just 0.5 oz of grenadine offers a hint of pomegranate sweetness and creates a sunrise effect in the glass—a visual treat. Too much can be like stumbling into a sugar factory, but skip it and you'll miss out on both the aesthetics and the subtle flavor it adds.

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Maraschino Cherry

This is your cocktail's cherry on top! It adds a touch of elegance and a little extra sweet kick. No big deal if it's not there, but why miss out on the chance to feel fancy?

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The pineapple wedge is there for more than just looks—it’s like the flag on your tiny tropical island, inviting you to sip and enjoy. Plus, who doesn't like a snack with their drink?

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Recipe. How to make Jamaican Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the white rum, pineapple juice, and lime juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined.
  4. Strain the mixture into a hurricane glass filled with ice.
  5. Slowly pour the grenadine into the glass, allowing it to sink to the bottom and create a beautiful layered effect.
  6. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and a pineapple wedge.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh ingredients. Freshly squeezed lime juice and fresh pineapple juice can make a big difference in the taste of your cocktail.
  • Chill your glass before pouring the cocktail into it. This will keep your drink cooler for longer.
  • Pour the grenadine slowly. This will help to create the beautiful layered effect that is characteristic of the Jamaican cocktail.

Perfect Pairings


  • Jerk Chicken: The spicy kick of traditional Jamaican Jerk Chicken would complement the sweet and tart profile of the cocktail.
  • Grilled Seafood: Lightly charred flavors from the grill can highlight the tropical notes of pineapple and rum.
  • Mango Salad: A fresh mango salad with a hint of chili could echo the cocktail's fruity sweetness and add a spicy contrast.


  • Coconut Water: To maintain the tropical theme and hydrate between cocktails.
  • Dark Stout: For a contrasting pairing, a rich dark stout can provide a malty, creamy counterpoint to the cocktail's acidity and sweetness.

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What you could change in Jamaican

  • White rum: You can substitute white rum with dark rum or coconut rum for a different flavor profile.
  • Pineapple juice: If you don't have pineapple juice, you can use orange juice or mango juice.
  • Grenadine: If you don't have grenadine, you can use a small amount of raspberry syrup or pomegranate juice.

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Spiced Jamaican

  • Add a 1/2 oz of Jamaican spiced syrup
  • Sprinkle a dash of allspice on top before serving By incorporating traditional Jamaican spices, this twist adds a warm, aromatic zing to the cocktail that can conjure images of bustling markets in Kingston.

Jamaican Blue Mountain Breeze

  • Substitute the white rum with Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee-infused rum
  • Float a coffee bean on top as a garnish This version caters to coffee lovers, blending the rich, bold flavors of one of the world's most prized coffees with the tropical nature of the original.

Kingston Colada

  • Replace pineapple juice with coconut cream
  • Rim the glass with toasted coconut flakes Transforming the cocktail into a creamy delight, this twist is a nod to the Piña Colada with a Jamaican touch, perfect for those who want to sip on something reminiscent of a tropical dessert.

In case you forgot basics how to make Jamaican

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 Jamaican

Why is it called a Jamaican Cocktail?

It is called a Jamaican cocktail because it was originally created in Jamaica, a country known for its rum production. The specific ingredients and its refreshing tropical taste represent the spirit and the flavors of the island.

What time of the day is best for enjoying a Jamaican cocktail?

While you can enjoy a Jamaican cocktail any time of the day, it's typically enjoyed during the afternoon or evening on a warm day, owing to its refreshing and invigorating tropical flavors.

What meal pairs well with this cocktail?

The Jamaican cocktail pairs well with any Caribbean inspired meal like jerk chicken or shrimp, grilled fish, or tropical fruit salads. Its fruity taste complements the spicy and rich flavors of such dishes.

What type of rum is best for a Jamaican cocktail?

Although the recipe calls for white rum, a high-quality Jamaican white rum is recommended to maintain the authenticity of the cocktail. However, it can also be made with dark rum for a deeper, richer flavor.

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

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version by skipping the rum and using a bit more of pineapple juice or some coconut water instead. Remember to adjust the proportions of other ingredients to keep the tropical taste.

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