Outback Castaway Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:13%

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 Outback Castaway is a signature cocktail from the popular Outback Steakhouse chain. It's a tropical, fruity concoction that's perfect for those who enjoy sweet, refreshing drinks. This cocktail is a favorite among patrons who are looking for a taste of the tropics, even in the middle of winter. It's also a great choice for those who enjoy rum-based cocktails.

How Outback Castaway Tastes?

The Outback Castaway is a sweet, fruity cocktail with a hint of tartness. The pineapple and orange juices give it a tropical flavor, while the rum adds a nice kick. The grenadine adds a touch of sweetness, making it a well-balanced and refreshing drink.

Interesting facts about Outback Castaway

  • The Outback Castaway is a signature cocktail from the Outback Steakhouse chain.
  • It's a rum-based cocktail, making it a great choice for rum lovers.
  • The cocktail's tropical flavors make it a popular choice in the summer, but it can be enjoyed year-round.



The heart and soul of our tropical concoction. The 1.5 oz of rum adds a robust, slightly sweet base that carries the tropical flavors. Go too heavy and you'll overpower the mix; too light and you’ll miss the spirit’s warm embrace. If you skip it, well, you've basically gutted the castaway and left it stranded. Swap it with coconut rum for an extra tropical flair!

Mary Mitkina

Pineapple Juice

Your sweet, tropical getaway in a glass. This golden elixir's 2 oz bring both acidity and sweetness, making it the perfect dance partner for our rum. Less juice means a more muted pineapple presence, more juice and you risk tipping into soda territory. Lost at sea without it, your cocktail might lack that 'island vibe'.

Emma Rose

Orange Juice

The citrus navigator guiding the flavors. Like a sunrise in your glass, the 2 oz of orange juice provide a citrusy balance to the richness of rum and pineapple. Too little and it's a whisper in a thunderstorm; too much and the orange takes the helm. No orange juice? The seas become a tad less sunny. Mandarin or tangelo juice could substitute for a twist in the tale.

Alex Green


The blush in our castaway's cheek. 0.5 oz offers just enough sweetness and color to give this drink its sunset hue. Forget it and you've got a paler, less complex islander. More than a splash and it might as well be syrup. Pomegranate juice could step in, but it's not as sweet, so the mood might turn a bit tarter.

Mary Mitkina

Ice Cubes

The unsung heroes maintaining our cool. Ice is as essential as a life raft; it chills our journey, keeping each sip as refreshing as a dip in the ocean. Without it, you risk a warm, unappealing voyage. Crushed ice can make for a frostier adventure.

Emma Rose

Cherry and Orange Slice

The garnish that signals 'no S.O.S. needed'. That cherry is the beacon on a tropical isle and the slice of orange, the sunset on the horizon. They signal completion, a cocktail that's been cared for. Leave them out, and it's like a ship with no flag—still good, but not signaling its full potential.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Outback Castaway Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and grenadine to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the ingredients are well mixed.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to ensure that all the ingredients are well mixed.
  • Use fresh juices whenever possible for the best flavor.
  • Chill your glass before serving the cocktail for an extra refreshing drink.

Perfect Pairings

Appetizers & Snacks

  • Grilled Shrimp: The sweetness of the rum and fruit juices complements the natural sweetness of shrimp, especially when grilled with a touch of tropical influence.
  • Chicken Satay: The citrus notes from orange juice and pineapple provide a tangy contrast to the savory peanut sauce commonly served with satay.
  • Coconut-crusted Tofu Bites: Pairing the tropical flavors with coconut enhances the island vibe of the cocktail.

Main Dishes

  • Jerk Chicken: The spicy and smoky flavors of the chicken will counterbalance the sweetness of the cocktail.
  • Teriyaki Glazed Salmon: The fruit juices in the cocktail will complement the sweet glaze on the salmon.


  • Key Lime Pie: The tartness of the pie is a nice contrast to the sweetness of the 'Outback Castaway'.
  • Tropical Fruit Salad: Embrace the tropical theme with a salad containing mango, papaya, and pineapple that mirror the cocktail’s flavors.

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What you could change in Outback Castaway

  • You can substitute the rum with vodka for a different flavor profile.
  • If you don't have grenadine, you can use a cherry syrup or a raspberry syrup.

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Smoky Outback Castaway

  • Substitute the rum with a smoky mezcal to add depth and a unique twist.
  • Keep the other ingredients the same, acknowledging that the smoke will play against the sweet.
  • The mezcal's smokiness transports the beachside sipper to an evening bonfire.

Berry Outback Castaway

  • Add 0.5 oz of raspberry liqueur to deepen the berry-ness.
  • A float of raspberry liqueur gives a gradient look—sunset at the beach in your glass!
  • The additional lush berry flavor adds complexity and tantalizes the palate beyond the tropics.

Spiced Outback Castaway

  • Use spiced rum instead of traditional rum for an aromatic kick.
  • Incorporate a dash of angostura bitters for spiced harmony.
  • These warming spices create an Outback Castaway suited for breezier evenings or cooler climates.

In case you forgot basics how to make Outback Castaway

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 Outback Castaway

What type of rum is best for Outback Castaway?

A light or gold rum is typically used, but dark varieties can also be used to create a richer flavor.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of Outback Castaway?

Yes, you can achieve a similar tropical flavor by replacing the rum with coconut water or more fruit juice.

What is the origin of the name 'Outback Castaway'?

The name references both the Australia-inspired theme of the Outback Steakhouse and the tropical vibe of the cocktail.

Can I make large batches of Outback Castaway for parties?

Absolutely! Just multiply the ingredients by the number of guests. Remember to serve it chilled.

What food pairs well with the Outback Castaway cocktail?

This cocktail pairs well with tropical-themed foods like shrimp, grilled fish, or fruity salads.

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