Kungaloosh 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 Kungaloosh is a cocktail that traces its roots to the adventurous and whimsical atmosphere of the now-defunct Adventurers Club at Disney's Pleasure Island. It was a favorite among club-goers and has since become a nostalgic recipe for those who remember the good times had there.

  • The Adventurers Club: A themed nightclub that was part of Disney's Pleasure Island nightlife.
  • Nostalgia: The drink evokes memories of the club's heyday.
  • Popularity: It's especially popular among Disney enthusiasts and those who appreciate a tropical, fruity cocktail.

How Kungaloosh Tastes?

The Kungaloosh is a sweet and fruity cocktail with a tropical flair. The combination of vodka and Malibu Rum provides a smooth, slightly coconutty base, while Midori adds a melon hint. The pineapple and cranberry juices create a refreshing and tangy balance, making it a delightful sipper.

Interesting facts about Kungaloosh

  • The Kungaloosh was named after the greeting used by members of the Adventurers Club.
  • It's often associated with camaraderie and the spirit of adventure.
  • The original recipe has been tweaked by fans over the years, leading to various versions.


A few good options for Kungaloosh are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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The trusty vodka serves as the Kungaloosh's backbone, providing a smooth, neutral base that lets the other ingredients shine. Its 1.25 oz measurement ensures the cocktail remains balanced without turning into a tipsy train wreck. Without vodka, you'd miss the alcohol kick—though you could substitute it with a light white rum or gin for a twist that changes the profile to be a bit more herbal or sweet.

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Malibu Rum

Malibu Rum brings a coconutty beach vibe to every sip. It's equal in measure to the vodka at 1.25 oz, maintaining equilibrium in the drink's sweetness and potency. Swap it out for coconut water and a touch of regular rum, and your cocktail will be less sweet but still evoke sandy toes.

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Midori, our 0.75 oz melon marvel, provides a vibrant green hue and a rich melon flavor that makes the cocktail pop with tropical flair. No Midori, less party—however, you can experiment with peach schnapps for a different kind of fruity party.

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Pineapple Juice

Pineapple Juice, at a refreshing 3 oz, is the life of the party, ensuring your taste buds are doing the hula dance. It sweetens, it tartens, it's the canvas for other flavors. Take it out, and you've just canceled the luau. A possible substitute? Mango juice for a more exotic twist.

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Cranberry Juice

A splash of tartness with 1 oz of cranberry juice contrasts the sweetness and adds a beautiful blush color. It's like that person who tells a slightly off-color joke—it might raise eyebrows, but it livens up the room. Omit it, and your cocktail will linger on the overly sweet side of life. Pomegranate juice could fill in, fusing sweet and tart with a splash of sophistication.

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Recipe. How to make Kungaloosh Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Pour 1 1/4 oz of vodka and 1 1/4 oz of Malibu Rum.
  3. Add 3/4 oz of Midori.
  4. Pour in 3 oz of pineapple juice and 1 oz of cranberry juice.
  5. Shake well.
  6. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass.
  7. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Chill your glass beforehand to keep the cocktail cool longer.
  • If you prefer less sweetness, adjust the pineapple and cranberry juice ratios.
  • A well-chilled shaker will result in a better texture and temperature for the drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Tropical Fruit Salad: The sweet and fruity flavors of the Kungaloosh cocktail blend harmoniously with a fresh tropical fruit salad, enhancing the tropical sensation.
  • Coconut Shrimp: Complement the Malibu rum with crispy coconut shrimp; their sweet and savory taste creates a beach-like harmony.
  • Light Cheeses: Pair with a platter of light cheeses, such as mozzarella or a mild cheddar, to balance the sweet and fruity cocktail flavors without overpowering them.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken or Fish: Opt for a simple seasoning to let the Kungaloosh's flavors shine. The acidity from the cranberry juice can cut through the richness of the proteins.
  • Hawaiian Pizza: The pineapple juice in the cocktail mirrors the pineapple on the pizza, making for a delightful tropical match.


  • Sparkling Water: A bubbly non-alcoholic option allows for a refreshing palate cleanser between sips of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Kungaloosh

  • Vodka: Any good quality plain vodka will do.
  • Malibu Rum: You can substitute with another coconut rum if Malibu isn't available.
  • Midori: In a pinch, another melon liqueur can be used.

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Tropical Kungaloosh

  • Add a slice of fresh ginger and muddle it at the bottom of the shaker.
  • Use coconut cream instead of Malibu Rum for a creamier texture.
  • Introduce a splash of lime juice for some extra zing. By introducing ginger, coconut cream, and lime, you're crafting a Kungaloosh that's not just a drink—it's a trip to the islands with a zesty passport stamp!


  • Swap out Midori for Chambord to infuse a raspberry flavor.
  • Use blueberry vodka in place of plain vodka for added berry excitement.
  • Garnish with fresh berries instead of the traditional pineapple and cherry. The 'Berryloosh' becomes a berrylicious frolic through a forest of flavor, turning the tropical into a temperate treat.

Kungaloosh Royale

  • Top the cocktail with a generous splash of champagne after pouring it into the glass.
  • Rim the glass with sugar and a hint of grated lime zest.
  • Replace pineapple juice with pear nectar for a sophisticated twist. Crowned with champagne, the Kungaloosh Royale elevates your drink to an effervescent echelon of elegance, perfect for the most regal of rendezvous.

In case you forgot basics how to make Kungaloosh

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 Kungaloosh

What type of glass is best suited for serving the Kungaloosh cocktail?

The Kungaloosh is best served in a highball glass, which allows ample room for ice and garnishes, and is traditional for tall, refreshing drinks.

Can the Kungaloosh cocktail be made in large batches for parties?

Yes, you can scale up the ingredients proportionally to make a larger batch for parties. Serve it from a pitcher or punch bowl with plenty of ice.

Is the Kungaloosh cocktail suitable for vegans?

The Kungaloosh cocktail is suitable for vegans, as it does not contain any animal products. However, it's always wise to check the ingredients of individual brands of spirits and liqueurs to ensure they align with vegan standards.

How can I adjust the cocktail to make it less sweet?

To make the Kungaloosh less sweet, you can increase the proportion of cranberry juice, which is less sweet than pineapple juice, or add a splash of soda water to dilute the sweetness.

Are there any non-alcoholic substitutes for a Kungaloosh mocktail?

For a non-alcoholic version, substitute the vodka and rum with coconut water or a coconut-flavored non-alcoholic beverage, and use a non-alcoholic melon-flavored syrup in place of Midori.

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