Staten Island Ferry Cocktail Recipe

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Staten Island Ferry Nutrition Facts





Alcohol %:14%

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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 Staten Island Ferry cocktail is a tropical drink that was inspired by the famous ferry ride in New York City. The ferry ride offers stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. This cocktail is for those who love tropical flavors and want to reminisce about a beautiful summer day in NYC. It's a simple cocktail that's easy to make and perfect for any occasion.

How Staten Island Ferry Tastes?

The Staten Island Ferry cocktail is a sweet, tropical drink. It has a strong pineapple flavor with a hint of coconut. The rum adds a bit of warmth and complexity to the cocktail, making it a perfect balance of sweet and strong.

Interesting facts about Staten Island Ferry

  • The Staten Island Ferry cocktail is named after the Staten Island Ferry, a passenger ferry route operated by the New York City Department of Transportation.
  • This cocktail is often served in a highball glass.
  • Despite its name, the cocktail doesn't have any specific connection to Staten Island.


Pineapple Juice

The zesty, tropical tanginess of pineapple juice balances the sweetness of the coconut rum. If you skimp on the juice, you'll lose the tropical feel and the drink could become cloyingly sweet. Too much and you'll be sailing in a fruit punch. Alternative: Try mango juice for a velvety tropical twist.

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Malibu Coconut Rum

Malibu brings beachy vibes to the drink with its smooth coconut flavor. Less rum would not give enough coconut punch; more might lead you to a tipsy treasure hunt. Alternative: If you opt for a different coconut rum or even plain white rum, the drink could be more or less sweet, so adjust accordingly.

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Recipe. How to make Staten Island Ferry Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour 2 oz of pineapple juice into the glass.
  3. Add 2 oz of Malibu Coconut Rum.
  4. Stir well to mix the ingredients.
  5. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh pineapple juice for the best taste.
  • Chill your glass before serving for a refreshing experience.
  • You can also blend the ingredients with ice to make a frozen version of this cocktail.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairing Suggestions

  • Spicy Appetizers: The sweetness of pineapple and coconut can offer a cooling counterpoint to spicy flavors, like those in Thai or Caribbean dishes.
  • Grilled Seafood: Pair the cocktail with shrimp or fish that's been grilled for a lovely tropical complement.
  • Fruit Salads: The fruity notes in the cocktail will mesh well with a fresh fruit salad, especially those containing tropical fruits.
  • Light Desserts: Choose desserts that are not overly sweet, such as coconut macaroons or lemon tarts, which can harmonize with the cocktail's flavors.

Drink Pairing Suggestions

  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips of the cocktail and bites of food.
  • Light Beers: A lager or pilsner can offer a refreshing contrast without overpowering the flavors of the Staten Island Ferry.

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What you could change in Staten Island Ferry

  • If you don't have Malibu Coconut Rum, you can use any other coconut rum.
  • If you want to make a non-alcoholic version, you can replace the rum with coconut water.

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And of course - twists🍹

Tropical Sunrise

  • Ingredients: 1.5 oz Malibu Rum, 1 oz pineapple juice, 0.5 oz grenadine
  • Recipe: Follow steps 1-3 of the original, then gently pour the grenadine into the glass to create a graduated color effect. This twist emphasizes the beauty of the drink, with a sweet kick from the grenadine giving it an eye-catching sunrise gradient.

Island Storm

  • Ingredients: 2 oz Malibu Rum, 2 oz pineapple juice, 0.5 oz Blue Curaçao
  • Recipe: Mix the pineapple juice and rum as usual, then top with Blue Curaçao for a stormy sea color. This twist will have a slightly more complex, orangey flavor with a mesmerizing blue hue, like an island lagoon in a storm.

Coco Cooler

  • Ingredients: 2 oz Malibu Rum, 1 oz pineapple juice, 1 oz coconut water, Splash of soda
  • Recipe: Build the drink in a glass with ice, starting with rum, pineapple juice, and coconut water. Top off with a splash of soda for effervescence. The twist provides a more subdued coconut and pineapple profile, enhanced with a bubbly sassiness.

In case you forgot basics how to make Staten Island Ferry

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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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 Staten Island Ferry

What's the alcohol content in this cocktail?

The Staten Island Ferry cocktail contains Malibu Coconut Rum, which contains an alcohol content of around 21%. However, the actual ratio of alcohol to non-alcohol in the cocktail may vary depending on the amount of pineapple juice and other ingredients.

Can I use a different type of glass instead of the highball glass?

While highball glasses are typically used for serving the Staten Island Ferry cocktail, it can also be served in any glass large enough to hold the cocktail and the ice. For example, a Collins glass or a Hurricane glass can also be used.

How can I prevent the cocktail from getting diluted due to the ice melting?

You can chill the ingredients before mixing, this way the ice melts slower. Another option is using large ice cubes, as they melt slower than smaller ones.

Can I add other fruits into this cocktail?

Yes, you can garnish the cocktail with other tropical fruits like mango or passion fruit to add more tropical flavors and enhance the presentation of the cocktail.

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