Tropical Cherry Rum 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 Tropical Cherry Rum cocktail is a delightful blend of the Caribbean and tropical flavors. It's a favorite among those who enjoy a sweet, fruity cocktail with a kick of rum. This cocktail was first popularized in beach resorts, where the fresh, tropical ingredients are readily available. It's perfect for those hot summer days when you want something refreshing and invigorating.

How Tropical Cherry Rum Tastes?

The Tropical Cherry Rum cocktail is a sweet, fruity cocktail with a hint of tartness from the cherry. The rum adds a strong, spicy kick that balances out the sweetness. It's a refreshing, invigorating drink with a tropical twist.

Interesting facts about Tropical Cherry Rum

  • The Tropical Cherry Rum cocktail is a great source of vitamin C from the fresh fruit juices.
  • This cocktail is often served in a tall glass to showcase the beautiful layers of color.
  • Despite its sweet taste, this cocktail packs a punch with a high alcohol content.


White Rum

White Rum is the foundation of this cocktail, providing a smooth, clean, and slightly sweet base. 2 oz is just the right amount to establish a strong presence without overpowering the fruit juices. If you skip it, you'll lose the kick and the cocktail becomes a sweet fruit punch. A decent alternative could be vodka if you're not a rum fan, but it will give a sharper alcoholic bite and less tropical feel.

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Cherry Juice

At 1 oz, Cherry Juice adds a tart edge and deepens the cocktail's flavor profile. Without it, you'd lack the unique berry note that ties in with the 'cherry' in its name. An alternative like pomegranate juice could offer a similar tartness but a different, slightly more complex flavor.

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Pineapple Juice

Pineapple Juice adds a tropical tang and contributes to the cocktail's body. Remove it, and you lose the tropical vibe. Mango juice could be a fun swap, though it's sweeter and less acidic, changing the cocktail's balance.

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Orange Juice

Orange Juice provides a familiar citrus sweetness and a bit of acidity. 1 oz keeps it balanced with the other flavors. Skip it, and the cocktail lacks a certain roundness. Grapefruit juice could be a sub, adding a bit more bitterness and punch.

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Lime Juice

The 0.5 oz of Lime Juice is key for its sharp acidity, which cuts through the sweetness and refreshes the palate. Without it, the cocktail could be overly sweet. Lemon juice is a possible alternative, offering a similar acidic counterbalance but with a different citrus note.

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A teaspoon of Grenadine brings in a touch of pomegranate sweetness and a beautiful color gradient to the drink. If omitted, the cocktail loses a layer of complexity and visual appeal. Raspberry syrup would offer a similar color and a bit more tartness if desired.

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Maraschino Cherry

The maraschino cherry is a classic garnish that offers a hint of almond-like flavor and sweet pop at the end. Without it, the cocktail still works but misses that final touch of cherry indulgence.

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Orange Slice

Adding an orange slice garnish complements the citrus notes and invites the drinker with its vibrant look. It's more about aesthetics and aroma, but without it, the cocktail presentation feels incomplete.

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Recipe. How to make Tropical Cherry Rum Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add the rum, cherry juice, pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, and grenadine.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice cubes.
  5. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh fruit juices for the best flavor.
  • Chill your glass before serving for a colder drink.
  • Don't overdo it with the grenadine, it's very sweet and can overpower the other flavors.

Perfect Pairings


Grilled Seafood: The fruity and fresh flavors of the Tropical Cherry Rum cocktail complement the smoky and slightly sweet taste of grilled shrimp, lobsters, or fish.

Spicy Appetizers: The sweetness and acidity of the cocktail can provide a refreshing balance to spicy foods like jalapeño poppers or buffalo wings.

Fruit-Based Desserts: A dessert like a tropical fruit tart or a pineapple upside-down cake would go well with the tropical fruit flavors in the cocktail.


Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips of the cocktail, plain or citrus-flavored sparkling water is an excellent choice.

Iced Tea: A glass of unsweetened iced tea can complement the cocktail's sweetness without overshadowing its complex flavors.

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What you could change in Tropical Cherry Rum

  • You can substitute the white rum with dark rum for a richer flavor.
  • If you don't have cherry juice, you can use cranberry juice instead.

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Tropical Fire

  • Swap white rum for spiced rum (2 oz)
  • Add a dash of cayenne pepper Tropical Fire takes the original recipe and infuses it with some heat. Making this swap will change the cocktail to a feistier drink, perfect for those who love a spicy kick.

Midnight Cherry Rum

  • Use dark rum instead of white rum (2 oz)
  • Add black cherry juice instead of regular cherry juice (1 oz)
  • Use a splash of Chambord for grenadine Midnight Cherry Rum introduces a richer, more robust flavor thanks to the dark rum and black cherry juice. The Chambord adds a luxurious raspberry edge, perfect for a nightcap.

Cherry Rum Spritzer

  • Reduce white rum to 1 oz
  • Add 2 oz of club soda
  • Sprinkle in some fresh mint leaves The Cherry Rum Spritzer is a lighter, more refreshing version, with club soda adding effervescence and mint bringing a fresh aroma. A great choice for a sunny day.

In case you forgot basics how to make Tropical Cherry Rum

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 Tropical Cherry Rum

What is the best time to serve the Tropical Cherry Rum cocktail?

The Tropical Cherry Rum cocktail is perfect for summer afternoons or early evenings, but its refreshing and invigorating taste makes it a great choice anytime.

Can I make this cocktail alcohol-free for kids and non-drinkers?

Yes, you can substitute the rum with a non-alcoholic white grape juice or apple juice.

Can I make this cocktail ahead of time for a party?

The cocktail is best when the juice is added just before serving. However, you can pre-mix the rum and grenadine then add the juice when you're ready to serve.

What kind of food goes well with this cocktail?

Grilled seafood, tropical fruits, light salads, or any spicy dishes pair well with this cocktail.

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