Wet Willies Cocktail Recipe

Jump to Recipe ⬇️

Wet Willies Nutrition Facts





Alcohol %:5%

Created by

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


Wet Willies is a popular cocktail that originated in the United States, specifically in the lively city of Miami. It's a favorite among party-goers who enjoy a refreshing, fruity drink. The cocktail was named after the famous Wet Willie's bar in Miami Beach, known for its variety of frozen cocktails.

  • Who would like it?

    • If you enjoy sweet and fruity cocktails, this one's for you.
    • Perfect for beach parties and summer gatherings.

How Wet Willies Tastes?

The Wet Willies cocktail is a delightful mix of sweet and sour, with a strong fruity flavor. The taste of rum is subtle, making it a light and refreshing drink. The combination of different fruit juices gives it a tropical, tangy taste that is incredibly refreshing.

Interesting facts about Wet Willies

  • Wet Willies cocktail is named after the famous Wet Willie's bar in Miami Beach.
  • It's a popular choice for beach parties and summer gatherings.
  • The cocktail is known for its refreshing and fruity flavor.



The use of 1.5 oz of rum gives the cocktail its boozy backbone and warm, tropical feel. Rum is the spirit of choice for many tropical drinks because of its sweet, complex flavors derived from sugarcane. If we went crazy and splashed in too much rum, we might overpower the other flavors, grappling with a meaner kick than a mule. Less rum, and the drink would be lacking its pirate-y spirit! A twist with a different spirit, say vodka, would make it less 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and more 'Eastern Bloc Party'.

Emma Rose

Pineapple Juice

1 oz of pineapple juice is like the life of the party in this cocktail, adding a vibrant, tropical sweetness and acidity that brightens up the mix. Without it, you're missing the zesty island vibe, and the balance would tip more toward plain Jane than Calypso queen. Subbing it with something like mango juice could turn your cocktail into an exciting new tropical voyage!

Mary Mitkina

Orange Juice

With 1 oz of orange juice, this fella adds a zesty freshness that's essential to round out the tropical character. Skipping it would be like going to the beach without sunscreen – uncomfortable and not as bright. A swap for something like grapefruit juice could add an unexpected twist of bitterness, good for those who like a bittersweet symphony.

Alex Green


Half an ounce of grenadine might seem like a small player, but it's the cherry on top that adds a pop of color and a hint of sweet, tart pomegranate flavor. Without this touch of grenadine, our Wet Willie would be a tad less fabulous. But imagine swapping it with a splash of peach schnapps, and 'voilà', you've got yourself a peachy beachy dream.

Emma Rose

Ice Cubes

Ice cubes: the unsung heroes of cocktails! They chill your drink to perfection, making every sip as refreshing as a plunge in the ocean. No ice means a warm and lackluster experience—not what we're aiming for. Crushed ice would make this drink an even cooler sensation, giving it a delightful slushy texture.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Wet Willies Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add 1.5 oz of rum, 1 oz of pineapple juice, 1 oz of orange juice, and 0.5 oz of grenadine.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is well combined.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice cubes.
  5. Garnish with a slice of pineapple or orange, if desired.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh fruit juices for a more refreshing taste.
  • Chill the glass before pouring the cocktail for a cooler drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Coconut Shrimp: The sweet, tropical flavors of both the shrimp and the Wet Willies cocktail complement each other beautifully.
  • Chicken Satay: The savory flavors of the satay and the spiciness of the peanut sauce provide a lovely contrast to the sweet and fruity cocktail.
  • Fruit Platter: A selection of tropical fruits like mango, papaya, and lychee can enhance the tropical vibes of the drink.


  • Pineapple Upside-Down Cake: The pineapple in both the cake and the cocktail will mirror the flavors wonderfully.
  • Key Lime Pie: The tartness of the pie cuts through the sweetness of the cocktail, creating a balanced dessert pairing.

Other Drinks

  • Coconut Water: For a non-alcoholic option, coconut water would be refreshing and would keep within the tropical theme.

🍹 Discover the Top 50 All-Time Recipes! 🍹

Enter your email, and we'll send the exclusive list straight to your inbox.

We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously

What you could change in Wet Willies

  • You can substitute the rum with vodka for a different flavor.
  • If you don't have grenadine, you can use a splash of cranberry juice.

Explore all drinks starting with W here

And of course - twists🍹

Tropical Heatwave

  • Substitute the rum with coconut rum.
  • Add 0.5 oz of blue curaçao.
  • Swap grenadine for a dash of hot sauce. This variation brings a little island heat to the party. The coconut rum amplifies the tropical flavor, while the blue curaçao sends you into the deep end of the ocean with its vibrant color. The hot sauce adds a fiery twist that will have you feeling like you've just danced around a beach bonfire.

Citrus Sunrise

  • Use blood orange juice instead of regular orange juice.
  • Add a splash of lime juice.
  • Garnish with a sprig of mint. With a deeper hue from the blood oranges, this version wakes up the palate like a citrus burst at sunrise. The lime juice cuts through the sweetness, and the mint garnish is like a fresh breeze on a hot day on the deck.

Berry Willie

  • Add 0.5 oz of raspberry liqueur.
  • Replace pineapple juice with cranberry juice.
  • Top with soda water for fizz. Grab your berry beret because we're going Berry Willie with this one! The raspberry liqueur and cranberry juice turn this into a berrylicious remix. A splash of soda brings a new level of refreshment that fizzes and pops with every sip.

In case you forgot basics how to make Wet Willies

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).

Learn everything on garnishing

Find the cocktail you'd love!

If you want to drink something else - you can use our AI-augmented search to find the best cocktail for you!
Completely free!

Frequently Asked Questions on Wet Willies

How does the use of different types of rum affecting the flavor of Wet Willies cocktail?

Different types of rum offer distinct flavor profiles. A darker rum can provide a more pronounced, robust, or rich flavor to the cocktail, while lighter rums are usually more subtle and sweet. Spiced rums might add extra flavors like vanilla, cinnamon, or clove.

What other garnishes could I use for the Wet Willies cocktail?

Aside from pineapple and orange slice, you might also consider adding a cherry, lime wheel or even a sprig of mint to give it a different twist.

What food pairings would work well with the Wet Willies cocktail?

As a fruity cocktail, Wet Willies pairs well with spicy foods, seafood dishes, or tropical themed appetizers like coconut shrimp or mango salsa.

Can the Wet Willie coctail be made as a mocktail?

Yes, the Wet Willies recipe can indeed be adapted into a mocktail. Simply omit the rum and perhaps add a little more fruit juice or some sparkling water.

More similar recipes to Wet Willies!

Explore new cocktails you'd love!

Please rate this recipe