Shark Bite 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 Shark Bite cocktail is a visually striking and fun drink that became popular in the late 20th century. Its name and appearance are inspired by the 1975 blockbuster movie 'Jaws'. This cocktail is perfect for beach parties, summer gatherings, and themed events. It is especially popular among those who enjoy tropical and ocean-inspired drinks.

How Shark Bite Tastes?

The Shark Bite cocktail offers a delightful combination of sweet, sour, and fruity flavors. The orange and pineapple juices provide a tropical sweetness, while the sour mix adds a tangy twist. The blue curaçao gives the drink its signature ocean blue color and a hint of citrus, while the spiced rum adds warmth and depth.

Interesting facts about Shark Bite

  • The Shark Bite cocktail gets its name from the red grenadine syrup that is drizzled on top, resembling blood in the water after a shark attack.
  • The blue curaçao in the drink not only adds flavor but also creates the illusion of ocean water.
  • This cocktail is often served in a highball glass, allowing for a better visual presentation of the 'shark attack' effect.


Spiced Rum

The heart of our Shark Bite starts with 1.5 oz of Spiced Rum, giving a complex depth with its sweet and spicy notes - think of it as the commander of the flavor fleet. Less rum, less bite; more rum, more might! Ditch it, and you lose the soul of your Shark.

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Blue Curaçao

Adding 0.5 oz of this azure elixir provides a hint of mystery and a touch of tropical orange flavor, not to mention that ocean-like hue. Blue Curaçao is the 'ocean' where your Shark swims; without it, you're just on dry land.

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Orange Juice

2 oz of Orange Juice offer a citrusy zing, balancing the spices with some fresh vitamin 'Sea'. It's all about equilibrium; too little, and the spices might overrun your senses, too much, and you'll think you're having breakfast!

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Pineapple Juice

Pour in another 2 oz of Pineapple Juice for that 'island holiday' vibe. It brings a tart yet sweet note that makes your Shark Bite really sing—skip it, and you're left with a less harmonious choir.

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Sour Mix

Just 0.5 oz of Sour Mix cuts through the sweetness and adds a zesty sharpness that elevates the cocktail from good to 'jaw-some'. It's like a squeeze of lime in your guacamole; without it, something's clearly amiss.

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The final thrash of the tail comes with the 0.25 oz of Grenadine, trickling down like blood in the water. This sweet syrup is the dramatic flair that turns your sip into a scene. Forget it, and the 'shark attack' is merely a nibble.

Emma Rose


An orange slice and maraschino cherry are the lifebuoys and the beach ball, making sure your Shark Bite's presentation is both fun and finished. No garnish, no glory!

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Shark Bite Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the spiced rum, blue curaçao, orange juice, pineapple juice, and sour mix.
  3. Shake well and strain the mixture into the highball glass over the ice.
  4. Drizzle the grenadine on top of the drink, allowing it to sink to the bottom and create the 'shark attack' effect.
  5. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Shake well: The key to a great Shark Bite cocktail is to shake the ingredients well to ensure they are thoroughly mixed.
  • Grenadine: Add the grenadine last to create the 'shark attack' effect. It should sink to the bottom of the glass, creating a gradient effect.
  • Garnish: Don't forget the garnish! An orange slice and a maraschino cherry add the perfect finishing touch.

Perfect Pairings


  • Ceviche: The citrus flavors in the cocktail complement the acidity and freshness of ceviche.
  • Shrimp Cocktail: The tropical notes of the Shark Bite will pair nicely with chilled, zesty shrimp.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Fish Tacos: A perfect match for a beachy vibe, pairing well with the fruity and spicy notes of the drink.
  • BBQ Chicken: The sweetness and smokiness of BBQ chicken will be balanced by the Shark Bite's tangy profile.


  • Coconut Cream Pie: The tropical flavors of the pie resonate with the rum and fruit juices in the cocktail.
  • Fruit Sorbet: A light dessert option that would cleanse the palate without overwhelming the Shark Bite's flavors.

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What you could change in Shark Bite

  • Spiced Rum: You can substitute the spiced rum with white rum or coconut rum for a different flavor profile.
  • Blue Curaçao: If you don't have blue curaçao, you can use triple sec and a drop of blue food coloring.
  • Sour Mix: If you don't have sour mix, you can make your own by mixing one part lemon juice and one part simple syrup.

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The Mako Twist

  • Add a splash of coconut cream for a creamy texture.
  • Infuse the rum with vanilla pod for a day prior to mixing. This iteration makes for a smoother, more dessert-like Shark Bite, able to satisfy those with a sweet tooth craving for a beachside bonfire.

Deep Blue Sea

  • Substitute Blue Curaçao with Blueberry Liqueur and a dash of fresh lime juice.
  • Muddle in a few fresh blueberries before shaking.
  • Use butterfly pea tea as a natural blue colorant, it will create a color-changing effect when added with the sour mix. The tropical inspiration takes on a berry twist that's refreshingly different, like a Shark Bite with a hint of mystery from the ocean's depths.

Reef Encounter

  • Mix in a dash of peach schnapps and elderflower liqueur.
  • Garnish with an edible flower instead of a cherry.
  • Serve in a sugar-rimmed glass to boost the sweetness. For those who prefer a floral bouquet and sweeter sip, this twist is an exotic escape into a blooming reef, with every sip promising a brush with underwater flora.

In case you forgot basics how to make Shark Bite

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 Shark Bite

How can I store leftover ingredients?

Most of the ingredients can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days. Just be sure to seal them properly. Spirits like rum, on the other hand, do not need to be refrigerated and can last for a long time when stored in a cool, dark place.

Where can I purchase the ingredients for this cocktail?

You can find these ingredients at a liquor store or grocery store, and even online. Just be sure to check local laws for alcohol delivery.

Are there any non-alcoholic versions of this cocktail?

Yes, you can make a mocktail version of the Shark Bite by leaving out the rum and blue curaçao. Use blue food coloring for the 'ocean water' effect.

What is an appropriate occasion to serve this cocktail?

Given its beachy theme, the Shark Bite cocktail would be a hit at summer pool parties, beach parties, or even at a 'Jaws' movie night!

What other fruits can be used as garnish?

You can use any of your favorite fruits such as slices of lime, strawberries, or a sprig of mint for garnish.

What is the alcohol content of this cocktail?

The exact alcohol content can vary, but given the quantities of the ingredients specified, it's roughly around 14%.

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