Tropical Storm 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


The Tropical Storm cocktail is a refreshing and exotic drink that gained popularity in the Caribbean and tropical regions. It is believed to have been created by a bartender named 'Hurricane Harry' who wanted to capture the essence of the tropical storms that often hit the islands. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy fruity and refreshing drinks.

  • Originated in the Caribbean
  • Created by 'Hurricane Harry'
  • Perfect for tropical-themed parties and events

How Tropical Storm Tastes?

The Tropical Storm cocktail has a sweet and tangy taste, with a hint of sourness from the lime juice. It is a well-balanced and refreshing drink, with fruity flavors from the pineapple and orange juices, and a slight kick from the rum.

Interesting facts about Tropical Storm

  • The Tropical Storm cocktail is often served in a hurricane glass, which is named after the famous New Orleans cocktail, the Hurricane.
  • The cocktail's vibrant colors and fruity flavors make it a popular choice for beach parties and tropical-themed events.
  • The Tropical Storm is sometimes referred to as a 'vacation in a glass' due to its exotic and refreshing taste.


White Rum

Used for its subtle sweetness and lightness, making it an ideal base for tropical drinks. If omitted, you'd lose the necessary kick and boozy backbone.

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Dark Rum

Brings depth, richness, and a touch of molasses flavor. Without it, the cocktail would lack complexity and warmth.

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Pineapple Juice

This juice adds sweetness and vibrant tropical notes. No pineapple means losing the tropical essence.

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Orange Juice

Orange juice offers a fresh, citrusy balance to the sweetness of the other ingredients.

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Lime Juice

It's all about the zing! Lime juice adds a necessary tartness and freshness. Leaving it out would make the cocktail too sweet.

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Provides color and a hint of pomegranate sweetness. Without grenadine, the cocktail would lack its signature sunset hue.

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Chills the drink; without it, the cocktail would be warm and unrefreshing.

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Orange Slice and Maraschino Cherry

These are garnishes that enhance the visual appeal and offer a nibble of fruitiness.

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Recipe. How to make Tropical Storm Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add white rum, dark rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and lime juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined.
  4. Strain the mixture into a hurricane glass filled with ice.
  5. Slowly pour the grenadine into the glass, allowing it to settle at the bottom.
  6. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh juices whenever possible for the best flavor.
  • Chill your glass before pouring the cocktail into it to keep your drink cooler for longer.
  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to properly mix all the ingredients and chill the cocktail.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The light and citrusy notes of the cocktail will complement the smokiness of grilled fish or shrimp.
  • Pulled Pork Sliders: The sweetness and acidity of the 'Tropical Storm' can cut through the richness of the pork.
  • Tropical Fruit Salad: Pair with a fruit salad that echoes the tropical flavors in the drink.

Drink Pairings

  • Coconut Water: If you fancy a non-alcoholic chaser, coconut water will continue the tropical theme without overpowering the flavors.
  • Craft Pale Ale: For a beer option, a light pale ale can refresh the palate between sips of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Tropical Storm

  • White rum: Can be substituted with vodka for a less sweet taste.
  • Dark rum: Can be replaced with bourbon for a smoky flavor.
  • Pineapple juice: Mango juice can be used as a substitute for a different tropical flavor.
  • Orange juice: Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice can be used for a more tart flavor.

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Mango Hurricane

  • Replace pineapple juice with mango nectar.
  • Add a splash of coconut cream. This twist turns up the tropical dial, giving a creamier texture and a distinct mango flavor.

Spicy Storm

  • Muddle jalapeño slices in the shaker before adding the other ingredients.
  • Use a chili salt rim on the glass. Adding a kick of heat suits those who like a spicy edge to their cocktails.

Caribbean Sunset

  • Substitute half of the orange juice with passion fruit juice.
  • Float a splash of overproof rum on top. The passion fruit adds an exotic, tart edge while the overproof rum gives a powerful boozy lift.

In case you forgot basics how to make Tropical Storm

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 Storm

What is the ideal setting for enjoying a Tropical Storm cocktail?

This drink is perfect for beach parties or poolside chilling. Its refreshing and vibrant characteristics make it perfect for daytime drinking during the summer.

Does the Tropical Storm cocktail contain a lot of alcohol?

While the Tropical Storm does contain both dark and white rum, the alcohol content is balanced out by the fruit juices. It is not considered a strong cocktail, but as with any alcoholic beverage, you should still consume it responsibly.

Can non-alcoholic Tropical Storm be made?

Yes. The alcoholic components, i.e., white and dark rum, can be omitted or substituted with non-alcoholic ingredients. It will still maintain a similar tropical taste due to the fruit juices.

What other garnishes can be used for the Tropical Storm cocktail?

In addition to the usual orange slice and maraschino cherry, you could garnish with pineapples, or even a small umbrella for a more tropical presentation.

What food pairs well with a Tropical Storm cocktail?

Given the tropical nature of the cocktail, it pairs well with seafood, spicy dishes, and fruit-based desserts.

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