Typhoon 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 Typhoon cocktail is a tropical delight that originated in the tiki bars of the 1950s. It was created by Don the Beachcomber, a legendary bartender who is often credited with inventing the tiki cocktail genre. The Typhoon is a favorite among those who enjoy fruity, tropical drinks and is perfect for a warm summer evening or a festive party.

  • The Typhoon is a classic tiki cocktail
  • It was created by Don the Beachcomber in the 1950s
  • It is a popular choice for tropical-themed parties and events

How Typhoon Tastes?

The Typhoon cocktail is a sweet, fruity, and refreshing drink with a hint of tartness. It has a tropical flavor profile, featuring notes of pineapple, orange, and lime. The rum adds a warm, smooth, and slightly spicy kick.

Interesting facts about Typhoon

  • The Typhoon is often served in a tiki mug or a hurricane glass, adding to its tropical appeal
  • The name 'Typhoon' is fitting, as the cocktail has a powerful flavor that can be likened to a tropical storm
  • The Typhoon is sometimes garnished with a pineapple wedge, maraschino cherry, or an umbrella to enhance its tropical presentation


Light Rum

The backbone of many tropical cocktails, light rum offers a clean, sweet, and slightly fruity base. At 2oz, it's just enough to lift your spirits without capsizing the boat. No rum? Try vodka for a neutral tone or cachaca for a Brazilian twist.

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Dark Rum

1oz of dark rum adds depth and a richer molasses flavor profile, complementing the light rum. Leaving it out? You'll miss the storm clouds in your Typhoon, but you could use bourbon for a different kind of storm.

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Pineapple Juice

2oz pineapple juice brings a tropical sweetness and tanginess, balancing the spirits. Without it, you're adrift at sea, missing the island flavor. Try peach nectar for a Southern archipelago twist.

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Orange Juice

Another 2oz of orange juice provides citrus notes and vitamin C, making you feel almost healthy. If omitted, your Typhoon would be less sunny. Mango juice might work, but why mess with a good thing?

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Lime Juice

Just 0.5oz lime juice cuts through sweetness with its tart zing. A Typhoon sans lime is like a beach without waves. Citric acid could mimic lime, but it's not the same as the real squeeze.

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0.5oz grenadine for color and a hint of pomegranate sweetness. Without it, the cocktail loses some charm, much like a sunset without the reds. Raspberry syrup could paint a similar picture, yet different.

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Simple Syrup

Sweetness comes in 0.5oz simple syrup, smoothing out any tart edges. Skip it, and the drink may become a tart-tongued critic. Honey syrup might whisper the same sweet nothings, with a honeyed accent.

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Ice, 1 cup, keeps the Typhoon chilled and refreshing. Without ice, you’ll be sipping on a quiet storm. Crushed ice creates an even cooler breeze.

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Pineapple Wedge & Maraschino Cherry

Garnishes add the finishing touch. A Typhoon without its flag (pineapple wedge) and buoy (cherry) seems undressed. Or swap for an umbrella, because every good storm needs one.

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Recipe. How to make Typhoon Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add the light rum, dark rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, grenadine, and simple syrup
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined
  4. Strain the mixture into a hurricane glass filled with fresh ice
  5. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure all ingredients are well combined
  • Use fresh fruit juices for a more vibrant and refreshing taste
  • Chill the glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cool for longer

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The citrus notes of the Typhoon cocktail complement the smokiness of grilled fish or shrimp beautifully.
  • Tropical Salads: A salad featuring mango, papaya, or avocado alongside a bed of greens pairs nicely, sharing the tropical vibe of the drink.
  • Spicy Asian Dishes: The sweetness of the Typhoon can balance out the heat in Thai or Indonesian cuisine, where coconut milk and lemongrass meet chilies.

Drink Pairings

  • Coconut Water: For a non-alcoholic option, coconut water echoes the tropical flavors without overpowering the cocktail.
  • Iced Tea: A simple, refreshing iced tea can cleanse the palate between sips of the Typhoon.

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What you could change in Typhoon

  • Light Rum: Can be substituted with vodka for a less sweet taste
  • Pineapple Juice: Mango juice can be used for a different tropical flavor
  • Grenadine: Can be replaced with a dash of cranberry juice for a tart kick

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Coconut Typhoon Twist

  • Add 0.5oz of coconut cream Replace 1oz of light rum with coconut rum. The creaminess will make you feel like you're riding the waves on a cloud.

Spicy Typhoon Twist

  • Add a small slice of jalapeño or a dash of hot sauce to the shaker The heat will create a rare meteorological phenomenon in your glass – a spicy Typhoon!

Berry Typhoon Twist

  • Use raspberry rum instead of light rum and blueberry juice in place of pineapple juice You'll find yourself in the eye of a berry storm, with a punch of color and taste that's unforgettably exhilarating.

In case you forgot basics how to make Typhoon

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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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 Typhoon

Is it a strong drink?

Depending on how it's mixed, the Typhoon can be a fairly strong drink, as it contains both light and dark rum. However, its sweetness often masks the alcohol content.

What alternative garnishes can be used for the Typhoon?

Aside from the traditional pineapple and cherry, some bartenders garnish this cocktail with an orange slice, cocktail umbrella, or even a sprig of mint for a pop of color.

Is the Typhoon a seasonal drink?

While the Typhoon has a tropical flavor profile and can be particularly enjoyable during the summer, it's often enjoyed year-round at tiki bars and themed parties.

What's the easy way to remember the recipe?

The Typhoon's recipe is fairly straightforward with portions of light rum, dark rum, pineapple, orange and lime juices. Keep in mind the grenadine and simple syrup volume is half compared to others.

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