Volcano 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 Volcano cocktail, also known as the Flaming Volcano, is a popular tiki drink that originated in the 1960s. It was first created by Don the Beachcomber, a legendary bartender and the father of tiki culture. This exotic cocktail is known for its theatrical presentation and is a favorite among those who enjoy tropical drinks with a bit of flair.

  • The Volcano cocktail is often associated with luaus and tiki parties
  • It is typically served in a large, communal bowl, allowing multiple people to enjoy the drink together
  • The drink's name and presentation are inspired by the erupting volcanoes found in the South Pacific

How Volcano Tastes?

The Volcano cocktail has a complex and fruity taste, with a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and slightly spicy flavors. The combination of rum, fruit juices, and grenadine creates a tropical and refreshing taste, while the cinnamon adds a warm and spicy kick.

Interesting facts about Volcano

  • The Volcano cocktail is often served with a flaming garnish, adding a dramatic and exciting element to the drink
  • The drink is typically served in a unique, volcano-shaped bowl or glass, adding to its visual appeal
  • The Volcano cocktail is a popular choice for group celebrations, as its large size and communal serving style encourage socializing and sharing


  • Light rum: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Dark rum: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Orange juice: 4 oz(120ml)
  • Pineapple juice: 4 oz(120ml)
  • Grenadine: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Crushed ice: 2 cups
  • Cinnamon: 1 pinch
  • 151 proof rum: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Orange wheel: 1
  • Luxardo cherry: 1

Light Rum

A smooth backbone for many tropical drinks, light rum gives a subtle sweetness without overpowering other flavors. If you skimp on this, you'll miss the rum's warm embrace. Too much? Well, you might find yourself speaking in pirate tongues!

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Dark Rum

Aged longer, dark rum brings depth with its richer and stronger flavors. It brings complexity to our liquid volcano, and skipping this would be like a sundae without the cherry on top—something's amiss. If you substitute with more light rum, you'll miss the dark side of the tropics.

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Orange Juice

This sunny citrus juice adds a tang that cuts through the sweetness. Not enough and the cocktail can be overly sweet; too much and it could overpower the subtle notes of rum. Careful, we're walking a tightrope of flavors here!

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Pineapple Juice

Oh, the pineapple juice, nature's tropical hug—it's what makes this concoction feel like a beach vacation. Less juice, less vacation vibes. Too much juice, and you're that tourist with the tacky shirt. Balance, my friend, is key.

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The splash of grenadine is like the lava in our volcano—it adds color and a touch of sweetness. Forget it, and your volcano is inactive. But, like actual lava, too much can cause a sticky situation!

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Crushed Ice

Keeps everything frosty and blends up to make our drink a slushy paradise. It's also the body of our volcano—skimp on it, and you might get a sad, molten puddle. No ice? Well, it's more of a lava flow than a cocktail.

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Just a pinch for a hint of spice. It's like the earthy whisper from the volcano's depths. Leave it out, and you miss the mysterious whisper. Too much could lead to a spice eruption—use sparingly!

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151-proof Rum

For that show-stopping flame. It's the fire in our volcano's belly. No flame means no 'wow,' but don't try and top this; it's literally playing with fire.

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Orange Wheel & Luxardo Cherry

The garnish duo is the finishing touch, like the tropical flowers atop our smoldering caldera. No garnish is like a day without sunshine—still fine, but it could have been better.

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Recipe. How to make Volcano Drink

  1. In a blender, combine the light rum, dark rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, grenadine, and crushed ice
  2. Blend until smooth and slushy
  3. Pour the mixture into a volcano-shaped bowl or large glass
  4. Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon over the top of the drink
  5. Carefully pour the 151-proof rum into the center of the drink, creating a small pool
  6. Ignite the 151-proof rum, creating a flaming garnish (use caution and never leave the flame unattended)
  7. Garnish the drink with an orange wheel and a Luxardo cherry
  8. Serve with long straws for guests to enjoy

Pro Tips

  • Use Fresh Juice: For the best flavor, use fresh orange and pineapple juice.
  • Chill Your Glass: A chilled glass will keep your cocktail colder for longer.
  • Safety First: Be very careful when igniting the 151-proof rum. Never leave the flame unattended.

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled Shrimp Skewers: The sweetness of the shrimp will complement the fruity flavors.
  • Coconut Crusted Tofu: With a hint of tropical flavor, it mirrors the cocktail's vibe.
  • Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings: The spicy kick from the wings is balanced by the cocktail's sweetness.

Main Courses

  • Hawaiian Pizza: The pineapple on the pizza pairs nicely with the pineapple juice in the cocktail.
  • Caribbean-style Pork: The spices used in Caribbean cuisine complement the rum's complexity.


  • Tropical Fruit Salad: Enhances the fruit flavors present in the cocktail.
  • Banana Flambe: The caramelized flavor of the bananas goes well with the cinnamon and rum notes.

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What you could change in Volcano

  • Rum: If you don't have light and dark rum, you can use any rum you have on hand.
  • Grenadine: If you don't have grenadine, you can use a cherry syrup or make a simple syrup with sugar and water.
  • 151-Proof Rum: If you don't have 151-proof rum, you can use overproof rum or skip the flaming garnish.

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Volcano Bowl

Replace the glass with a large bowl to serve multiple people. Float additional orange wheels and cherries. The vibe transforms from solo expedition to a party around the crater.

Icy Mint 'Cano

Add a handful of fresh mint leaves into the blender for a minty twist. The refreshing mint will contrast with the warm cinnamon, creating a cool breeze through your tropical eruption.

Berry Volcano

Substitute 1 oz of strawberry puree for 1 oz of orange juice. Add a handful of mixed berries to garnish. It'll be a berry blast with every sip, creating a fruity explosion that'll make Krakatoa look like a backyard bonfire.

In case you forgot basics how to make Volcano

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 Volcano

What is the origin of the name 'Volcano' for the cocktail?

The name 'Volcano' comes from its presentation style. The cocktail is served in a volcano-shaped glass and the use of a flaming garnish mimics a volcanic eruption, hence the name 'Volcano'.

Is the Volcano a strong cocktail?

Yes, the Volcano could be considered a strong cocktail as it contains both light and dark rum, plus 151-proof rum used in the flaming garnish.

Can a Volcano cocktail be made non-alcoholic?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of a Volcano cocktail. Simply omit the rum and opt for a non-flammable garnish instead of the 151-proof rum.

What food pairs well with the Volcano cocktail?

Tropical and spicy foods, such as Hawaiian or Polynesian dishes, pair well with the Volcano cocktail. It also goes remarkably well with seafood and grilled dishes.

Can I make a Volcano cocktail without a blender?

Yes, in lieu of a blender, you can shake the non-alcoholic ingredients with ice to chill them, strain the mix into a glass, and then add the rum and garnishes.

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