Tsunami 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 Tsunami cocktail is believed to have originated in the late 20th century, inspired by the powerful waves of the ocean. This cocktail is popular among surfers and beachgoers, who appreciate its refreshing taste and vibrant color. The Tsunami is often served at beach bars and tropical-themed parties.

  • The name 'Tsunami' comes from the Japanese word for 'harbor wave'
  • The cocktail's blue color is reminiscent of the ocean
  • It is a popular choice for summer parties and beachside events

How Tsunami Tastes?

The Tsunami cocktail offers a delightful combination of sweet, sour, and fruity flavors. The drink is well-balanced, with a strong citrus kick from the lemon and lime juices, complemented by the sweetness of the blue curaçao and pineapple juice. The vodka adds a subtle heat, while the coconut rum provides a smooth, tropical finish.

Interesting facts about Tsunami

  • The Tsunami cocktail is sometimes referred to as a 'Blue Hawaiian' or 'Blue Lagoon'
  • The blue curaçao in the cocktail is made from the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit, which is native to the island of Curaçao
  • The cocktail's vibrant blue color is due to the addition of food coloring to the curaçao liqueur


A few good options for Tsunami are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


The ever-neutral vodka is like the canvas for your cocktail painting. At 1 oz, it gets the party started without overpowering the tropical cast of characters. More may lead to a boozy swim, and less might not create enough waves for your Tsunami.

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Coconut Rum

Enter coconut rum, the beach vibe in a bottle. 1 oz infuses that sweet, tropical flavor that'll have you picturing palm trees with every sip. Omit it, and you're missing the 'tropical ticket'. If you swap for a spiced rum, you're surfing closer to a stormy sea!

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Blue Curaçao

The ocean in a glass, this 1 oz of vibrant blue liqueur adds a colorful twist and subtle orange flavor that contrasts beautifully with the tart citrus juices. Without it, your Tsunami would just be another beachcomber.

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Lemon Juice

This little 0.5 oz splash is the zesty kick in the shins every good cocktail needs. Less would silence the citrus choir, and more might just pucker your mouth into next week.

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Lime Juice

Another 0.5 oz to balance the citrus scales, lime juice whispers 'tropics' and turns up the tartness knob to complement the sweetness. The cocktail might become a syrupy mess without it.

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Pineapple Juice

This 2 oz is the sweet wave of the Tsunami. It brings harmony to the citrus and boozy essences. Less could leave the cocktail too sharp, and more may drown the other flavors.

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1 cup cools the storm without causing a dilution disaster. Too much turns your Tsunami into a weak wave, and not enough would make the sipping equivalent of sunbathing without sunscreen.

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Maraschino Cherry

The cherry on top! Literally. It's the garnish that adds a cute little sweet bite at the end, or whenever you fancy fishing it out.

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The pineapple wedge isn't just for looks; it hints at what's inside the drink. It teases your senses before you even take a sip!

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Recipe. How to make Tsunami Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add vodka, coconut rum, blue curaçao, lemon juice, lime juice, and pineapple juice
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined
  4. Strain the mixture into a hurricane or highball glass filled with fresh ice
  5. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure all ingredients are well mixed
  • Chill your glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cool longer
  • Use fresh lemon and lime juice for a more vibrant flavor

Perfect Pairings


  • Shrimp cocktail: The sweetness of the shrimp pairs nicely with the tropical flavors of the Tsunami cocktail.
  • Chicken satay: The citrus notes from the lemon and lime juice can complement the spicy peanut sauce.

Main Dishes

  • Grilled seafood: The fruit juices in the cocktail bring out the sweetness of fresh seafood.
  • Teriyaki chicken: Tropical flavors in the Tsunami can act as a palate cleanser between bites of savory chicken.


  • Fruit sorbets: Light and refreshing sorbets can match the vibrant and fruity flavors of the cocktail.
  • Coconut-based desserts: To echo the coconut notes from the rum in the drink.

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What you could change in Tsunami

  • Vodka: Can be replaced with white rum for a more tropical taste
  • Blue Curaçao: Can be replaced with blueberry syrup if unavailable
  • Coconut Rum: Can be replaced with regular rum and a splash of coconut milk

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Tsunami Sunset

  • Ingredients: 1 oz vodka, 1 oz coconut rum, 0.5 oz peach schnapps, 0.5 oz blue curaçao, 1 oz cranberry juice, 0.5 oz lime juice, 1 cup ice
  • Recipe: Just like the original, but with a splash of peach schnapps for a peachy undertone and cranberry juice providing a sunset hue. The taste veers more towards a fruity blend with a tart edge.

Tsunami on the Rocks

  • Ingredients: The same, but served over rocks with no shaker involved.
  • Recipe: Simply build the drink in a glass filled with ice, giving it a gentle stir. This method chills without diluting as much as shaking would, leading to a stronger taste with each sip.

Green Tsunami

  • Ingredients: Substitute blue curaçao with midori for a green twist.
  • Recipe: Shake all ingredients and serve as usual. The flavor will be mellower with a honeydew melon note instead of the orange flavor from the blue curaçao, creating an entirely different storm.

In case you forgot basics how to make Tsunami

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.

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 Tsunami

Can I use any type of vodka for this cocktail?

Yes, any type of vodka can be used. However, using a high-quality vodka can enhance the overall taste of the cocktail.

What are some other cocktails that use blue curaçao?

Some other cocktails that use blue curaçao include the Blue Margarita, Blue Hawaiian, and the Electric Lemonade.

Does the type of glass I use to serve the Tsunami cocktail make a difference?

Absolutely! Using the right glass can enhance the look and taste of a cocktail. The Tsunami is typically served in a tall, curvy hurricane glass or a highball glass to show off its vibrant blue color.

Can I make a non-alcoholic Tsunami cocktail?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic or mocktail version of the Tsunami by replacing the vodka and rum with similar non-alcoholic substitutes, like coconut water and blue fruit syrup.

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