Superman Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20%

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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 Superman Cocktail is a fun and fruity drink that was popularized in the 1980s. Its name comes from its vibrant blue color, reminiscent of the iconic Superman suit. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy sweet and tropical flavors. It's a hit at parties and is sure to impress with its striking appearance.

  • Origin: 1980s
  • Associated with parties and celebrations
  • Named after the iconic Superman suit

How Superman Tastes?

The Superman Cocktail is a sweet and fruity concoction. It has a tropical taste with hints of coconut and pineapple. The blue curacao gives it a citrusy edge, balancing out the sweetness.

Interesting facts about Superman

  • The Superman Cocktail is often served in a highball glass, showcasing its vibrant blue color.
  • Despite its sweet taste, it has a relatively high alcohol content due to the combination of vodka and blue curacao.
  • The cocktail's blue color is derived from the blue curacao, a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit.


A few good options for Superman are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


  • The vodka serves as the base spirit, providing a neutral backdrop that allows the more flamboyant flavors to stand out. At 1.5 oz, it's just enough to give you a gentle lift without sending you into orbit. Too little vodka and you might as well be sipping juice; too much, and you'll overshadow the subtler notes.

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Blue Curacao

  • This azure beauty gives our Superman its iconic color and adds a hint of citrus sweetness, enhancing the tropical vibe. Blue Curacao is essentially an orange liqueur with a vivid blue color. Miss it out, and you lose both the color and the citrus kick. Alternative: Try Triple Sec for a similar orange flavor without the distinctive blue hue.

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Coconut Cream

  • Adds a creamy texture and sweet coconut flavor that whispers 'tropical paradise.' If your cocktail's missing coconut cream, it loses its richness and balance. As an alternative, you could employ coconut milk for a lighter touch, but the creaminess will be dialed down a notch.

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Pineapple Juice

  • It brings sweetness and acidity, making the cocktail bright and fruity. 2 oz is the sweet spot that balances the drink - not too tart, not too sugary. If you skimp on the pineapple juice, the drink may become flat; too much, and it might turn into a luau in a glass. Alternative: Mango juice could be a fun twist for a different kind of tropical flair.

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Ice Cubes

  • They're not just to keep things cool; they're an integral part of the texture, diluting the drink just enough to mellow the flavors. Without ice, the cocktail would be too intense and warm. Crushed ice could offer a slushier experience, for those hot summer days.

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  • The garnish is the cape on our Superman, giving a dash of color and a touch of sweet, tart flavor if you choose to nibble on it. Leaving it out is like Superman without his cape; still super, but missing the final flourish.

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Recipe. How to make Superman Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add vodka, blue curacao, coconut cream, and pineapple juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice cubes.
  5. Garnish with a cherry on top.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to fully combine all the ingredients.
  • Use fresh pineapple juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill your glass beforehand for a colder cocktail.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The light, fruity flavors of the Superman cocktail make it an excellent companion to grilled seafood such as shrimp or fish tacos. The sweetness can complement the smokiness of the grill.
  • Summer Salads: A crisp summer salad with vinaigrette dressing pairs well with the refreshing taste of this cocktail, especially if it includes tropical fruits like mango or papaya.
  • Light Appetizers: Cheese platters or canapés with a sweet and savory profile would work well with the balanced profile of the Superman cocktail.

Drinks Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips and maintain hydration.
  • Chilled White Wine: For those who'd like to alternate between the cocktail and another light beverage, a fruity Sauvignon Blanc could be a compatible choice.

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What you could change in Superman

  • Blue Curacao: You can substitute with any other citrus-flavored blue liqueur.
  • Coconut Cream: If not available, you can use coconut milk instead.
  • Vodka: You can use white rum for a more tropical flavor.

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Kryptonite Crush

  • Ingredients: 1.5 oz of Vodka, 1 oz of Midori Melon Liqueur, 1 oz of Coconut Cream, 2 oz of Pineapple Juice, Ice Cubes, Orange Slice for garnish
  • Replace Blue Curacao with Midori for a green, Kryptonite-themed twist. The melon flavor adds a unique sweetness that contrasts with the pineapple juice. The orange slice garnish adds a dash of color and citrus aroma.

The Daily Planet

  • Ingredients: 1.5 oz of Gin, 1 oz of Blue Curacao, 0.5 oz of Lemon Juice, 2 oz of Sparkling Water, Ice Cubes, Mint Sprig for garnish
  • Switch out vodka for gin for an herbal note, reduce coconut cream and replace it with lemon juice and top with sparkling water. The fizz will make this a refreshing, lighter version of the Superman with a journalistic twist.

Metropolis Sunset

  • Ingredients: 1.5 oz of White Rum, 1 oz of Blue Curacao, 1 oz of Peach Schnapps, 2 oz of Orange Juice, Ice Cubes, Pineapple Wedge for garnish
  • White rum replaces vodka for a sweeter base, and peach schnapps mixed with orange juice changes the flavor profile to a peachy, sunset-inspired drink. The pineapple garnish reinforces the tropical theme.

In case you forgot basics how to make Superman

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.

Learn everything on how to strain

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 Superman

What type of Vodka is best for the Superman cocktail?

The choice of Vodka depends on individual preference. However, a smooth, neutral Vodka is usually best for this tropical cocktail.

Is the Superman cocktail suitable for all weather conditions?

While the Superman cocktail is perfect for summer due to its tropical flavors, its pleasing aesthetics and delicious taste can make it a hit even during other seasons.

Are there any non-alcoholic versions of the Superman cocktail?

Yes, for a non-alcoholic version, you can omit the vodka and blue curacao, replacing them with blue food coloring and extra fruit juice.

How can I modify the Superman cocktail if I don't like too much sweetness?

If the cocktail is too sweet for your liking, you can adjust the coconut cream and pineapple juice ratios. Alternatively, add a bit more Vodka to tone down the sweetness.

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