Sweet Poison 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 Sweet Poison cocktail is a tropical delight that is often enjoyed on beach vacations. It's a relatively modern cocktail, with no specific origin story, but it's believed to have been created in the Caribbean. This cocktail is a favorite among those who enjoy sweet, fruity drinks with a potent kick. It's perfect for those hot summer days when you need a refreshing, yet intoxicating beverage.

How Sweet Poison Tastes?

The Sweet Poison is a delightful blend of sweet and sour, with a strong fruity flavor. The pineapple juice adds a tropical sweetness, while the coconut rum gives it a creamy, exotic twist. The blue curacao adds a hint of citrus and a beautiful blue hue, while the light rum provides a strong, boozy kick.

Interesting facts about Sweet Poison

  • The Sweet Poison cocktail is often served in a hurricane glass, which enhances its tropical appeal.
  • Despite its name, the Sweet Poison is a delightful cocktail that is far from deadly.
  • The blue hue of the Sweet Poison cocktail comes from the blue curacao, a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit.


Light Rum

Light rum serves as the backbone to many tropical drinks, providing a crisp, clear element that doesn't overshadow other flavors. At 1.5 oz, it offers the perfect kick without leaving you feeling like you've dived headfirst into a barrel of pirate's delight. Less and you might question if it's even there; more, and you risk mutiny of the flavors. If you wanted to wander, a white tequila could play well here, but expect a bolder, more assertive cocktail.

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Coconut Rum

At 1 oz, the coconut rum is your ticket to a tropical paradise, lending a sweet and creamy whisper of island dreams. It's the thrill of the chase here—too much and you find yourself cornered in Coconut Grove; too little and the tropics may feel like a mere mirage. No coconut rum? Try using a splash of coconut cream and a bit more light rum instead. Different island, same vacation vibes.

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Blue Curacao

With 1 oz of this azure alchemy, it's as though Poseidon himself blessed your glass with a wave of citrus and color. Dialing it back would leave your drink looking less like an exotic lagoon and more like a murky puddle. On the flip side, overdoing it could result in a drink that tastes like a sugar rush on a roller coaster. If you're out, a splash of orange liqueur and a trickle of blue food coloring can fake it, but the deception won't go unnoticed by connoisseurs.

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Pineapple Juice

Pineapple juice brings 2 oz of liquid aloha to your concoction, balancing sweetness and tang. It's essential—it's the lei that welcomes you to the luau of flavors. Go less, and it's like forgetting the sunscreen on a sunny day; go more, and it's a pineapple monsoon. Running low? Try a combo of orange and lemon juice and imagine you're still on the same beach.

Mary Mitkina

Pineapple Wedge

A single pineapple wedge stands as both garnish and an edible sneak peek to the experience within the glass. No wedge, no preview; it's that simple. If you’re out of pineapples, a slice of orange can substitute, but know that you'll lose a bit of the cocktail's tropical handshake.

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Just a dash of grenadine is your sunset in the mix—dramatic, unexpected, and revealing hidden depths with its sweet pomegranate essence. Skip the dash, and it's like going to bed early at your beachfront stay; too much and it's as if the sun never sets. A splash of raspberry syrup can pinch-hit, but it's playing a different game.

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Recipe. How to make Sweet Poison Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add light rum, coconut rum, blue curacao, and pineapple juice.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain into a hurricane glass filled with ice cubes.
  5. Top with a dash of grenadine.
  6. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to fully blend the flavors.
  • Use fresh pineapple juice for the best taste.
  • Chill your glass before serving for an extra refreshing cocktail.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Platter: A selection of mild cheeses can complement the sweet and fruity flavors in the Sweet Poison cocktail without overpowering the drink's profile.

  • Fried Calamari: The light, crispy texture and savory flavor of calamari can provide a nice balance to the sweetness of the cocktail.

  • Tropical Fruit Salad: Emphasize the tropical notes of the drink with a salad containing mango, papaya, and kiwi.


  • Grilled Chicken with a Light Glaze: A dish that is not too heavy or rich would pair well, allowing the cocktail's flavors to shine.

  • Coconut Shrimp: The coconut element in both the shrimp and the cocktail will harmonize beautifully.


  • Lemon Sorbet: The tartness of the sorbet can cut through the sweetness of the cocktail and cleanse the palate between sips.

  • Vanilla Bean Ice Cream: The onyx beads of the vanilla bean will dance beautifully with the tropical facade of your Sweet Poison.

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What you could change in Sweet Poison

  • You can substitute the light rum with vodka for a less sweet version.
  • If you don't have coconut rum, you can use regular rum and a splash of coconut milk.

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And of course - twists🍹

Sweet Poison 'Green Sea'

  • Swap out Blue Curacao for Green Chartreuse (1 oz)
  • Recipe stays the same.
  • This twist will introduce an herbal complexity to the drink, giving it a mysterious 'green sea' allure. The Chartreuse adds a touch of sweetness and spiciness, making the cocktail more suited for a sophisticated palate that enjoys a treasure trove of flavors.

Sweet Poison 'Berry Bliss'

  • Replace pineapple juice with raspberry puree (1.5 oz) and lemon juice (0.5 oz)
  • Recipe otherwise remains the same.
  • This berry-centric version takes you on a different kind of tropical journey, emphasizing berry sweetness and zest over the classic pineapple. The color will be more of a deep purple, adding visual intrigue to your glass.

Sweet Poison 'Mango Tango'

  • Add mango nectar (1 oz) along with pineapple juice
  • Use white peach puree instead of grenadine (1 dash)
  • The resulting cocktail will dance with mango and peach flavors, leading to a more fragrant and lush experience. It will taste like a summer fling in a tropical orchard, with a color that's more golden sunrise than ocean deep.

In case you forgot basics how to make Sweet Poison

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 Sweet Poison

What is the best time to enjoy this cocktail?

This cocktail is perfect for hot summer days, or any time you want to enjoy a refreshing, fruity drink.

Can I adjust the sweetness level of this cocktail?

Yes, you can adjust the sweetness by controlling the amount of pineapple juice and grenadine you add.

Can I use other types of rum if I don't have light rum and coconut rum?

Yes, but bear in mind the taste will change. Try to choose rums that complement the other flavors.

What other garnishes can be used in place of a pineapple wedge?

You can use a maraschino cherry, a slice of lime or a sprig of mint.

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