Surfer on Acid 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


Surfer on Acid is a popular cocktail that originated in the late 1990s in California. It was created by bartender Eric Tecosky at a bar called the Guy's in Hollywood. The cocktail is named after the surfing culture of California and is a favorite among surfers and beachgoers alike. The drink gained popularity quickly and is now a staple in many bars around the world.

How Surfer on Acid Tastes?

Surfer on Acid has a unique and refreshing taste that combines sweet, sour, and tropical flavors. The sweetness of the pineapple juice is balanced by the tartness of the cranberry juice, while the coconut flavor from the Malibu rum adds a tropical twist. The Jägermeister adds a subtle herbal undertone, making this cocktail a well-rounded and enjoyable drink.

Interesting facts about Surfer on Acid

  • The name 'Surfer on Acid' is inspired by the surfing culture of California, where the cocktail was created.
  • The original recipe for Surfer on Acid called for equal parts of Jägermeister, Malibu rum, and pineapple juice, but variations with cranberry juice have become popular as well.
  • Surfer on Acid is often served as a shot, but it can also be enjoyed as a cocktail over ice.



Used for its unique herbal and slightly sweet taste, Jägermeister adds complexity to the cocktail. Too much can overpower other ingredients, while too little misses to impart its signature essence. Without it, you lose the herbal backbone.

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Malibu Rum

This coconut-flavored rum brings a tropical vibe, balancing the Jägermeister's intensity. The right amount is key to maintaining the cocktail's beachy feel; more can make it too sweet, less can leave it flat.

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Pineapple Juice

It provides a fruity acidity that brightens the drink. If you skimp on it, the drink lacks zing; too much can make it overly tart. It's the wave that the surfer rides on.

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Cranberry Juice

A touch of this tart juice gives depth and prevents the cocktail from being cloyingly sweet. If omitted, the cocktail's flavor profile would be less rounded.

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Ice chills the drink and slightly dilutes it, which can be critical to achieving the perfect balance in a cocktail. No ice makes a warm and overly intense drink—definitely not the chill surfer vibe we're going for.

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Recipe. How to make Surfer on Acid Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add 1 oz of Jägermeister, 1 oz of Malibu Rum, 1 oz of pineapple juice, and 0.5 oz of cranberry juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined.
  4. Strain the mixture into a shot glass or a rocks glass filled with ice.
  5. Enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail well to ensure all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Serve the cocktail immediately after preparation to maintain its freshness.
  • Use fresh pineapple juice for a more refreshing taste.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled seafood: The pineapple and rum notes complement the smokiness of grilled shrimp or fish.
  • Hawaiian pizza: A playful companion to the tropical flavors of the cocktail.
  • Coconut shrimp: The coconut in the Malibu Rum and the sweetness of the shrimp make a delicious duo.

Drink Pairings

  • Cold brew coffee: The bitterness can contrast the cocktail's sweetness for a palate cleanser.
  • Sparkling water: Keeps you refreshed without overpowering the Surfer on Acid flavors.

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What you could change in Surfer on Acid

  • You can substitute Jägermeister with other herbal liqueurs if you prefer a different flavor.
  • If you don't have Malibu Rum, you can use any other coconut flavored rum.
  • You can replace cranberry juice with pomegranate juice for a different twist.

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Beach Bum Bliss

  • Ingredients: 1 oz Jägermeister Spice, 1 oz Coconut Cream, 1 oz Pineapple Juice, 0.5 oz Orange Juice, Dash of Nutmeg
  • Recipe: Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake well, strain into an ice-filled glass, and garnish with a dash of nutmeg. The creaminess of coconut cream and a hint of orange freshen up the original, making it more of a dessert cocktail.

Tidal Wave

  • Ingredients: 1 oz Jägermeister, 1 oz Spiced Rum, 1 oz Pineapple Juice, 0.5 oz Blue Curaçao
  • Recipe: Shake the ingredients, serve over ice, and prepare for a color shift to deep blue. The spiced rum and blue curaçao add a nautical twist and a kick that's sure to make a splash.

Sunset Surfer

  • Ingredients: 1 oz Jägermeister, 1 oz Malibu Rum, 1 oz Mango Juice, 0.5 oz Raspberry Puree
  • Recipe: Shake the ingredients vigorously and strain into a chilled glass. This version takes a tropical turn, swapping pineapple for mango and cranberry for raspberry, like watching a sunset after riding the perfect wave.

In case you forgot basics how to make Surfer on Acid

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.

Learn everything on how to shake

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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Frequently Asked Questions on Surfer on Acid

What is the best time to enjoy a Surfer on Acid?

While the Surfer on Acid can be enjoyed at any time, it is most commonly served at beach parties and evening gatherings. Its refreshing qualities make it perfect for hot weather.

Can I make a mocktail version of Surfer on Acid?

Yes, you can. Simply omit the alcohol and use coconut water instead of rum, and a non-alcoholic herbal syrup instead of Jägermeister.

Is there a recommended garnish for Surfer on Acid?

The cocktail is typically garnished with a pineapple wedge to heighten its tropical appeal. However, a maraschino cherry, or even a small umbrella can be used.

Are there any famous people who enjoy Surfer on Acid?

While it's hard to pinpoint specific celebrities, given its roots in California's surfing culture it wouldn't be uncommon to see it enjoyed by surfers and beach-loving celebrities.

Can I use pineapple chunks instead of pineapple juice in Surfer on Acid?

Using pineapple chunks wouldn't give the same consistency or mix well with other ingredients. It's best to stick with the juice.

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