Rainbow 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 Rainbow Cocktail is a visually stunning drink that's as fun to make as it is to drink. It's a layered cocktail, which means each ingredient is carefully poured to create a 'rainbow' effect. This cocktail is a hit at parties and is loved by those who enjoy sweet and fruity cocktails. It's not known who first created the Rainbow Cocktail, but it's been a popular choice at bars and parties for many years.

How Rainbow Tastes?

The Rainbow Cocktail is a sweet and fruity drink. It's a mix of tropical flavors, with a hint of citrus and a smooth, creamy finish. The different layers each bring their own unique taste, creating a cocktail that's full of flavor and fun to drink.

Interesting facts about Rainbow

  • The Rainbow Cocktail is a layered drink, with each layer representing a different color of the rainbow.
  • Despite its complex appearance, it's actually quite easy to make at home.
  • The key to creating the perfect Rainbow Cocktail is to pour each ingredient slowly and carefully to maintain the layers.


  • Grenadine: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Orange juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Pineapple juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Blue curacao: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Light rum: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Cream: 1 oz(30ml)


Grenadine, with its vibrant red hue, not only adds a burst of color at the base of your glass but also imparts a sweet, slightly tart pomegranate flavor. Without it, you'll miss the signature sunset effect and that initial sweetness. Too much may overpower the other flavors.

Alternative: Raspberry syrup could substitute for a similar color and sweetness, but with a berry twist.

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Orange Juice

The orange juice provides a citrusy zing, brightening the cocktail and adding a layer of freshness. Skimp on it, and you lose some of the fruity harmonies; too much might drown out the subtler pineapple notes.

Alternative: Mango juice could offer a more tropical taste, with a richer sweetness.

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Pineapple Juice

Pineapple juice brings a tropical flair and a hint of acidity to mellow out the sweetness of the grenadine and orange juice. Omitting it might leave your cocktail tasting one-note. Balance is key—excess can introduce too much tartness.

Alternative: Passion fruit juice can enhance the exotic profile with its unique tart and sweet nuances.

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Blue Curacao

Blue Curacao doesn't just contribute an entrancing blue layer; it also infuses the drink with a gentle orange-flavored liqueur essence. Without it, you'll miss out on the magic color transition and a layer of complexity. Keep it measured to prevent an overly cloying drink.

Alternative: Blueberry liqueur can substitute for color, but with a berry-forward taste.

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Light Rum

Light rum is the backbone alcohol of the cocktail, delivering a smooth, subtle tropical undertone without overshadowing the other flavors. If you're too conservative with it, the cocktail might feel underpowered—too liberal, and you risk a boozy kick overpowering the delicate balance.

Alternative: White tequila could give an intriguing twist, though altering the cocktail's essence substantially.

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The cream caps off the drink with a silky finish, adding a touch of indulgence. Without it, you'd lose the creamy top layer and rich mouthfeel. It's important to use the right amount—too much could turn it into a dessert drink, too little won't give the desired effect.

Alternative: Coconut cream could add an extra tropical note for those wanting to fully embrace the beachside dream.

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Recipe. How to make Rainbow Drink

  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Pour the grenadine over the ice.
  3. Slowly pour the orange juice over the back of a spoon to create the second layer.
  4. Repeat with the pineapple juice, blue curacao, light rum, and cream.
  5. Serve with a straw and enjoy.

Pro Tips

  • Pour each ingredient slowly to maintain the layers.
  • Use a clear glass to show off the beautiful colors of this cocktail.

Perfect Pairings


  • Fruit platters: The cocktail's fruity notes complement the natural sweetness of fresh fruit.
  • Light savory finger foods, such as spring rolls or bruschetta; avoid heavy, creamy or cheesy snacks as they may overpower the delicate balance of the Rainbow cocktail.


  • Sorbet: Particularly lemon or mango sorbet to emphasize the tropical vibe.
  • Vanilla ice cream: Can add a creaminess that pairs well with the creamy layer of the drink.

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

  • Sparkling water with a splash of lemon: To cleanse the palate between sips without overshadowing the cocktail's flavors.

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What you could change in Rainbow

  • You can substitute the orange juice with mango juice for a different flavor.
  • If you don't have blue curacao, you can use blueberry syrup instead.

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Tropical Rainbow

  • Substitute cream with coconut cream for a tropical touch.
  • Replace light rum with coconut rum to double down on the tropical vibe.
  • The taste becomes more island-inspired, with a creamier coconut profile that makes you feel like you're sipping on a little piece of paradise.

Berry Rainbow

  • Use raspberry syrup instead of grenadine for a berry twist.
  • Substitute blue curacao with blackberry liqueur.
  • This version has a berry-forward flavor profile with a blend of tart and sweet, perfect for berry enthusiasts looking for complexity within their cocktail.

Sunrise Rainbow

  • Instead of layering, shake all the ingredients with ice (except the cream) and strain into a glass.
  • Gently float the cream on top.
  • This twist creates a more uniformly orange hue that's reminiscent of a sunrise, with a creamy top that offers a silky textural contrast.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Rainbow

Is the Rainbow Cocktail suitable for vegans?

It depends on the cream used in the cocktail, some creams may contain animal products. Check the cream label to be sure.

Can I make this cocktail without alcohol?

Yes, you can substitute the rum with a non-alcoholic rum extract or you can leave it out completely. It will still be as flavorful.

What food can I pair this cocktail with?

Due to its sweet and fruity flavors, this cocktail pairs well with spicy foods, grilled meats, and tropical dishes.

How can I make my cocktail layers more defined?

Use a spoon to slowly pour each layer. This helps to keep the layers defined.

Can I use fresh fruit juice instead of bottled ones?

Yes, fresh juice can be used and it may give a healthier and fresher taste to the cocktail.

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