Smooth Sailing 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 Smooth Sailing cocktail is a delightful concoction that has its roots in the Caribbean. It's a favorite among those who enjoy a tropical twist to their drinks. The cocktail was first introduced by sailors who were exploring the Caribbean islands. They combined the local rum with the fresh fruits available on the islands to create this refreshing drink.

  • Who would like it?
    • If you're a fan of fruity and tropical drinks, this is a must-try.
    • It's also great for those who enjoy rum-based cocktails.

How Smooth Sailing Tastes?

The Smooth Sailing cocktail is a harmonious blend of sweet, sour, and fruity flavors. The rum adds a strong, robust flavor that is balanced out by the sweetness of the pineapple juice and the tartness of the lime. The hint of mint gives it a refreshing aftertaste.

Interesting facts about Smooth Sailing

  • The Smooth Sailing cocktail is traditionally served in a highball glass.
  • Despite its tropical origins, it's enjoyed all around the world.
  • The cocktail's name is a nod to its nautical origins.


White Rum

The 2oz of white rum give this 'Smooth Sailing' its boozy backbone without overpowering the fruity and minty notes. Too much could make your cocktail a tidal wave of alcohol, too little and it might just drift away.

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Pineapple Juice

At 4oz, pineapple juice is the tropical breeze that carries this cocktail. It brings sweetness, acidity, and a fruit-forward character. Use less, and you might miss the 'island vibe'; use more, and you risk capsizing in a pineapple sea.

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Lime Juice

The 1oz lime juice adds a citrusy zing, necessary for that perfect balance of sweet and tart. Omit it, and your cocktail might be as flat as a becalmed sea; too much, and you're in squally weather, my friend.

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Mint Leaves

Mint leaves are the refreshing gusts, at 6 leaves, they add a cool, herby freshness. Without them, you'd lose a layer of complexity like sailing without a breeze; overdo it, and it's a minty monsoon.

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Fresh Pineapple

The fresh pineapple slice garnish is your cocktail's crowning jewel, a hint at the flavors within, and a tropical visual treat! No pineapple, and it's like a ship without a flag; it might taste fine, but where's the fun in that?

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Recipe. How to make Smooth Sailing Drink

  1. Muddle the mint leaves in a shaker.
  2. Add the rum, pineapple juice, and lime juice.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a slice of pineapple.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Muddle the mint gently to release its flavor without making it bitter.

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled Shrimp: The sweet and zesty nature of the 'Smooth Sailing' cocktail complements the charred and savory flavor of grilled shrimp.
  • Chicken Satay: With a peanut sauce, the citric tang of the cocktail cuts through the richness.

Main Courses

  • Hawaiian Pizza: The pineapple in both the pizza and cocktail create a congruous tropical theme.
  • Jerk Chicken: The spicy and bold flavors of the chicken are balanced by the cocktail's refreshing sweetness.


  • Coconut Sorbet: The light and refreshing sorbet pairs well with the minty and fruity notes of the cocktail.
  • Lemon Tart: The tartness of the dessert enhances the citrus notes in the 'Smooth Sailing'.

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What you could change in Smooth Sailing

  • You can substitute the white rum with dark rum for a deeper flavor.
  • If you don't have pineapple juice, you can use orange juice instead.

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Coconut Sailing

Swap white rum for coconut rum to add a creamy tropical twist. Use coconut water in place of pineapple juice for a lighter, hydrating version with a subtle coconut flavor.

Spiced Voyage

Add a dash of cinnamon syrup to your Smooth Sailing for a warm spice undertone. This could be the perfect twist for a chilly evening by the sea, bringing a little heat to your tropical treat.

Berry Breeze

Muddle berries along with the mint for a fruity explosion. Blueberries or raspberries would be excellent choices, adding a tangy sweetness and a picturesque hue to your voyage of flavors.

In case you forgot basics how to make Smooth Sailing

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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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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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 Smooth Sailing

What is the best time to enjoy Smooth Sailing?

Smooth Sailing, with its tropical flavors, is perfect for summer days or whenever you want to bring a tropical vibe to your day.

Is Smooth Sailing a suitable cocktail for beginners?

Absolutely! The Smooth Sailing is easy to make and it's also a crowd favorite due to its tropical and refreshing taste.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of Smooth Sailing?

Yes! You can replace the rum with coconut water or another tropical juice. Remember, the taste won’t be exactly the same, but you'll still have a refreshing tropical drink.

What food pairs well with the Smooth Sailing cocktail?

This cocktail pairs well with light and spicy dishes, such as grilled shrimp or chicken, Thai or Caribbean cuisine.

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