Ulanda 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 Ulanda cocktail, named after the exotic Ulanda Island, was created by renowned mixologist, Jack Thompson, in the 1960s. This tropical cocktail was designed to capture the essence of the island's vibrant culture and lush landscapes. It quickly gained popularity among tourists and locals alike, becoming a staple at beachside bars and upscale lounges.

  • The Ulanda cocktail was inspired by the island's tropical fruits and spices
  • It became a symbol of the island's hospitality and laid-back atmosphere
  • The cocktail is often enjoyed at sunset, overlooking the pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters

How Ulanda Tastes?

The Ulanda cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet, sour, and slightly spicy flavors. The fruity notes from the pineapple and passion fruit are balanced by the tangy lime and the subtle heat from the ginger. The rum adds a rich, smooth undertone, making this cocktail a refreshing and invigorating treat.

Interesting facts about Ulanda

  • The Ulanda cocktail is sometimes referred to as the 'Island Sunset' due to its vibrant colors
  • The original recipe called for a rare island spice, but it has since been adapted to use more accessible ingredients
  • The Ulanda Island is known for its pineapple and passion fruit plantations, which are key ingredients in the cocktail


A few good options for Ulanda are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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White Rum

2 oz of white rum form the strong, yet smooth backbone of this tropical cocktail. It's the canvas on which the other flavors paint their masterpiece. Without it, you'd have a mocktail on your hands—refreshing, but missing the spirit of the party. Alternatives: Dark rum for a richer taste or coconut rum for an extra tropical twist.

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Pineapple Juice

Tropical, tangy, and sweet, 2 oz pineapple juice gives the Ulanda that vacation vibe. Not enough and you'll miss the wave; too much and you'll flood the beach. Alternatives: Mango juice could be a fun twist, yet less tangy.

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Passion Fruit Juice

Exotic is the name of the game with 1 oz of passion fruit juice, adding depth and intrigue. Skip this, and it's like leaving the passion out of a love song. Alternatives: Try peach nectar to soften the tart edge with a velvet touch.

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Fresh Lime Juice

With 0.5 oz, lime juice cuts through the sweetness and balances the cocktail like a tightrope walker. Less could leave you lost in sweetness, more might set you squinting. Alternatives: Lemon juice for a different type of tart, or yuzu for a gourmet twist.

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Ginger Syrup

Half an ounce for that spicy kick—like a soft whisper in a lively debate. Without it, the conversation is just less interesting. Alternatives: Simple syrup for sweetness without the kick, or honey for a natural twist.

Emma Rose


1 cup, because nobody likes a lukewarm cocktail—it's just not cool. Also, it chills the drink and slightly dilutes the flavours, which in this case, brings harmony. No Ice: Would be like sunbathing at night, possible but missing the point.

Mary Mitkina


A picturesque pineapple wedge and a sprightly sprig of mint bring freshness and fragrance, turning your drink from a novel into poetry. Without Garnish: Still a good read, but you'll want the full experience.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Ulanda Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add white rum, pineapple juice, passion fruit juice, fresh lime juice, and ginger syrup
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined
  4. Strain into a chilled glass filled with fresh ice
  5. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a sprig of mint

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure all the ingredients are well combined
  • Use fresh pineapple juice and passion fruit juice for the best flavor
  • Chill the glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cool for longer

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The citrus and tropical notes in the Ulanda cocktail will complement the charred and smoky flavor of grilled fish or shrimp.
  • Spicy Asian Dishes: Pair with a spicy Thai or Vietnamese salad, where the sweetness of the cocktail balances the heat from the dish.
  • Fruit-Based Desserts: A perfect match for light fruit-based desserts, such as a tropical fruit tart or pineapple upside-down cake.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips of the Ulanda.
  • Light Beer: A crisp, light beer can be a refreshing contrast to the Ulanda's sweet and fruity profile.

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What you could change in Ulanda

  • White rum can be substituted with dark rum for a deeper flavor
  • Pineapple juice can be replaced with mango juice
  • Ginger syrup can be replaced with simple syrup for a less spicy cocktail

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And of course - twists🍹

Ulanda Coconut Dream

  • Replace white rum with coconut rum for an extra tropical feel.
  • Recipe follows the original, with this simple substitution. The taste becomes even more island-inspired, with coconut adding a creamy, dreamy note.

Ulanda Spicy Sunrise

  • Add a small slice of fresh jalapeño to the shaker before adding the ingredients.
  • Follow the original recipe, including the jalapeño while shaking. This version will have a spicy kick that wakes up all your senses, providing a zesty sunrise in your glass.

Ulanda Berry Bliss

  • Substitute 0.5 oz of passion fruit juice with 0.5 oz of blackberry liqueur.
  • Follow the original recipe with this fruity twist. This will lend a deep berry note to the Ulanda, creating a luscious cocktail that feels like a blissful walk through a summer garden.

In case you forgot basics how to make Ulanda

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 Ulanda

What sort of occasion would I typically serve the Ulanda cocktail at?

The Ulanda cocktail, with its tropical flavors and vibrant colors, is perfect for a summer garden party, beach barbecue, or any event that calls for a fancy, refreshing drink. It's also ideal for sunset toasts.

Can I make the Ulanda cocktail alcohol-free for guests who don't drink?

Absolutely. You can make a delightful virgin version of the Ulanda cocktail by skipping the rum. You may want to add a bit more of the fruit juices or even some sparkling water to compensate for the missing volume.

What's the shelf life of ginger syrup?

Ginger syrup can last up to one month when stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

How does the flavor profile of dark rum differ from white rum?

Dark rum tends to have a richer, deeper taste with notes of caramel, spice, and sometimes a hint of smokiness. This can bring a new depth and complexity to the Ulanda cocktail.

I love the sound of the Ulanda cocktail but I'm not a fan of mint. Can I replace it or do I need to include it?

While mint adds an aromatic element to the Ulanda cocktail, it's not crucial for the drink. You can replace the mint with another herb like basil, or simply leave it out if you prefer.

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