Kokomo 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 Kokomo Cocktail is a tropical, fruity concoction that's named after the Beach Boys song, 'Kokomo'. It's a popular choice for those who love the combination of rum and fruit juices. This cocktail is often associated with beach vacations and tropical getaways, making it a favorite among those who enjoy a sweet, refreshing drink.

  • Origin: Unknown
  • Popularity: Mostly in tropical regions
  • Drinkers: Those who enjoy sweet and fruity cocktails

How Kokomo Cocktail Tastes?

The Kokomo cocktail is a sweet, fruity, and slightly tangy drink. The combination of rum, pineapple juice, and coconut cream gives it a tropical, refreshing taste. The grenadine adds a hint of tartness, balancing out the sweetness of the other ingredients.

Interesting facts about Kokomo Cocktail

  • The Kokomo cocktail is named after the Beach Boys song, 'Kokomo'.
  • It's a popular choice for beach vacations and tropical getaways.
  • The cocktail is known for its sweet, fruity taste and tropical vibe.


White Rum

The 2oz of white rum serves as the canvas of our tropical masterpiece – it's the boozy kick that also happens to play nice with fruity flavors. Too much and you'd be waving at palm trees that aren't there; too little and it's just a grown-up fruit punch. If rum isn't your jam, try vodka for a lighter twist or tequila for a 'I want to dance at this beach party' vibe.

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Pineapple Juice

At 2oz, the pineapple juice brings a juicy sweetness and tangy flair essential for that island feel. Saying no to pineapple juice? It's like saying no to sunshine on a beach. And if that's what you're doing, try orange juice – it's like saying sunshine is fine, but you prefer it a little less... um, pineapply.

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Coconut Cream

This 1oz of coconut cream is your one-way ticket to creaminess that makes the drink dreamy. Without it, the cocktail might start questioning its identity. 'Am I even tropical?' it would ponder in its glass. If lactose is your enemy or the cream is unavailable, coconut milk can step in. It'll be less creamy, but your cocktail won't have an existential crisis.

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Just a teaspoon serves up a hint of sweetness and a flash of color, like a sunset in a glass. Leave it out, and aside from missing the rosy tint, the drink might feel just a tad less magical. You could substitute with raspberry syrup if you fancy a different type of sweet blush on your cocktail.

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Ice Cubes

As needed, because without them, you're toasting with a lukewarm handshake – nobody wants that. Ice keeps the vibe as cool as your taste in drinks. Too much ice, you water down the fun; too little, it's a tepid 'meh'.

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Pineapple Slice & Maraschino Cherry

Garnish isn't just there to look pretty – it's a sneak preview of the flavors. Plus, who doesn't like a mini-snack with their drink? No garnish and it's like going to the beach without sunglasses; you're missing the cool factor.

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Recipe. How to make Kokomo Cocktail Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add white rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream, and grenadine.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain into a chilled glass filled with ice cubes.
  5. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh pineapple juice for the best flavor.
  • Shake the cocktail well to ensure that all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Chill your glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cool for longer.

Perfect Pairings


The delicate flavors of seafood, especially dishes like shrimp or fish tacos, really complement the tropical and sweet notes in a Kokomo Cocktail.

Fruit Desserts

Opt for a fruit salad or a tropical fruit tart that will harmonize with the pineapple and coconut flavors. Bold, Piña Colada inspired desserts also pair well.


Sweet and savory BBQ glazes echo the sweet-tart dynamic of the Kokomo. Grilled chicken with a pineapple glaze would be a particularly good match.

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What you could change in Kokomo Cocktail

  • Rum: You can use any type of rum, but white rum is traditionally used in this cocktail.
  • Pineapple Juice: If you don't have pineapple juice, you can use orange juice or any other tropical fruit juice.
  • Coconut Cream: If you don't have coconut cream, you can use coconut milk or coconut water.

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Mango Kokomo

  • Substitute pineapple juice with mango juice
  • Add a dash of lime juice to balance the extra sweetness

Bring tropical diversity by swapping pineapple for mango. The mango's rich, sweet taste provides a rounder feel, complementing the coconut while lime ensures it's not too sweet. Imagine a sunset that's just a bit more...mango-y.

Spicy Kokomo

  • Muddle a slice of jalapeño in the shaker before adding the other ingredients
  • Rim the glass with spicy salt

Introduce a little fire to your tropical paradise with some jalapeño. The cocktail turns into a sassy dance partner, with a hint of spice that might make you samba at the sip.

Creamy Kokomo Float

  • Top the cocktail with a scoop of coconut ice cream
  • Sprinkle with toasted coconut flakes

For those who prefer dessert in a glass. The coconut ice cream adds a decadent twist and a creamy texture, and the toasted flakes bring out a nutty aroma, making each sip a creamy tropical dream.

In case you forgot basics how to make Kokomo Cocktail

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 Kokomo Cocktail

Can the Kokomo Cocktail be served as a frozen drink?

Yes, to make a frozen Kokomo Cocktail, simply add the ingredients to a blender with crushed ice and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

What kind of glass is best to serve a Kokomo Cocktail in?

While the choice of glassware can be a matter of personal preference, the Kokomo Cocktail is traditionally served in a hurricane glass to embrace its tropical vibe.

Does the Kokomo Cocktail contain a lot of alcohol?

The Kokomo Cocktail usually has around 2 ounces of white rum, which makes it a moderately strong drink. However, the amount of alcohol can be adjusted according to personal preference.

Which food pairings are popular with the Kokomo Cocktail?

Given its fruity and tropical profile, the Kokomo Cocktail pairs well with seafood dishes, grilled meats, or tropical-themed appetizers.

Is there a mocktail version of the Kokomo?

Yes, for a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the rum. Replace it with additional juice or use a non-alcoholic rum flavor substitute.

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