Junebug 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 Junebug cocktail is a tropical, sweet concoction that is as delightful to drink as it is to look at. It's a popular choice for summer parties and beachside sipping. The Junebug cocktail is believed to have originated in the Caribbean, a region known for its rum-based cocktails. It's a favorite among those who enjoy sweet, fruity drinks with a hint of tropical flair.

How Junebug Tastes?

The Junebug cocktail is sweet, fruity, and slightly tangy. The combination of melon liqueur, coconut rum, and banana liqueur gives it a tropical taste, while the pineapple juice and sweet and sour mix add a refreshing tanginess.

Interesting facts about Junebug

  • The Junebug cocktail is named after the June beetle, a type of beetle that is common in the Caribbean.
  • Despite its sweet taste, the Junebug cocktail can be quite strong due to the combination of different liquors.
  • The Junebug cocktail is often served in a tall glass with a garnish of pineapple and cherry.


Melon Liqueur

With a melon's sweet muskiness, 1 oz strikes the balance, preventing an overpowering sweetness that could mute other flavors. Say 'bye-bye' to it, and the Junebug becomes less Bug, more just...June? For a swap, try peach liqueur for a fuzzier edge to your drink.

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Coconut Rum

1 oz brings tropical beach vibes without making you feel like you've swallowed suntan lotion. It adds a silky mouthfeel. Leave it out, and the cocktail loses its exotic flair—maybe sub in regular rum, but expect less 'Aloha' and more 'meh'.

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Banana Liqueur

This brings 1 oz of the cheeky 'banana hammock' vibe. Without it, the drink loses an element of fun—you'd have a garden party minus the flirty guest. No Banana Liqueur, no problem; try a little apricot brandy for a different type of swing.

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Pineapple Juice

A robust 2 oz helps keep things juicy and fresh; cut back, and the drink starts to feel too tight, like a Hawaiian shirt two sizes too small. The alternative could be mango juice for a different type of tropical escapade.

Emma Rose

Sweet and Sour Mix

With 1 oz, it's just enough to add pucker power, nailing that sweet-tart balance. Axing this? Expect a cocktail that’s less of a conversation starter, more of a wallflower. Lemon juice and simple syrup could be a DIY remix.

Alex Green


A slice of this sunny fruit isn't just garnish—it’s a preview of the headliner. Without it, the presentation falls flat, as would a comedy routine without the punchline.

Mary Mitkina


One cherry on top, because who doesn't love a sweet finish? It's like the encore in a rock concert—miss it, and you’ll feel shortchanged.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Junebug Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the melon liqueur, coconut rum, banana liqueur, pineapple juice, and sweet and sour mix.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to ensure all the flavors are well combined.
  • Use fresh pineapple juice if possible for a fresher taste.
  • Chill your glass before serving for a colder cocktail.

Perfect Pairings


  • Tropical Fruit Platters: Enhance the fruity notes of the cocktail.
  • Coconut Shrimp: Complements the coconut rum.
  • Light Salads: With citrus dressings to match the cocktail's acidity.


  • Pineapple Upside-Down Cake: Echoes the pineapple in the drink.
  • Banana Cream Pie: To play off the banana liqueur.

Other Drinks

  • Mint Iced Tea: As a non-alcoholic refresher alongside the cocktail.
  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips.

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What you could change in Junebug

  • Melon Liqueur: You can substitute with Midori if you can't find melon liqueur.
  • Coconut Rum: If you're not a fan of coconut, you can use regular white rum instead.
  • Banana Liqueur: If you can't find banana liqueur, you can use banana syrup or banana flavored vodka.

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Spicy Junebug

Add 1/2 oz of jalapeño-infused simple syrup. Recipe: Follow the original, but with the added kick of spice. Taste: Expect a warm summer breeze that suddenly turns sultry. Your Junebug now has a little spark, perfect for those who like to dance with a little heat.

Sunset Junebug

Add a float of grenadine. Recipe: Make the Junebug but finish with a slowly poured grenadine that settles at the bottom. Taste: Watch your glass mimic a sunset—the sweet, fruity flavors now have a rich pomegranate undertone. For the romantic at heart who loves a good sky-gazing session.

Winter Junebug

Substitute melon liqueur with elderflower liqueur. Recipe: Use elderflower liqueur instead of melon, for a floral twist on this tropical drink. Taste: Imagine the Junebug donning a floral dress instead of a Hawaiian shirt, sipping sophistication with every gulp.

In case you forgot basics how to make Junebug

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 Junebug

What's the ideal setting to enjoy a Junebug cocktail?

While the Junebug cocktail can be enjoyed anywhere, it's best served at summer parties, beach outings, or anywhere with a tropical or relaxed atmosphere.

What type of glassware is best to serve a Junebug cocktail in?

A tall glass, like a Collins glass or a hurricane glass would be ideal for serving a Junebug cocktail, as it allows for plenty of ice and garnish, and demonstrates the vibrant color of the cocktail.

What mixers can be used in a Junebug cocktail?

The traditional Junebug recipe doesn't require any mixers. However, if you would like to dilute the strength of the drink, soda water could be used.

What's the best time of day to serve a Junebug cocktail?

The Junebug cocktail is a versatile drink that can be enjoyed any time of day. However, it's especially popular for sipping in the late afternoon or early evening.

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