Whitecap 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 Whitecap cocktail is a refreshing and tropical drink that was first created in the 1950s by a bartender named Joe Scialom. Joe was known for his innovative and exotic cocktails, and the Whitecap quickly became a favorite among his patrons. The drink is perfect for those who enjoy the flavors of the tropics and is often served at beachside bars and resorts.

  • The Whitecap was created in the 1950s
  • Joe Scialom was the bartender who invented the drink
  • It is a popular choice for beachside bars and tropical resorts

How Whitecap Tastes?

The Whitecap cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet, sour, and fruity flavors. The drink is light and refreshing, with a hint of creaminess from the coconut milk. The tangy pineapple juice and zesty lime juice provide a perfect balance to the sweetness of the coconut milk and rum.

Interesting facts about Whitecap

  • The Whitecap is sometimes referred to as a tropical snowball due to its creamy, white appearance
  • Joe Scialom, the creator of the Whitecap, also invented the Long Island Iced Tea
  • The Whitecap is often served in a hurricane glass, which is designed to resemble the shape of a hurricane lamp


White Rum

White Rum is the spirit base of our cocktail, providing a subtle sweetness with a kick that carries the tropical flavors without overpowering them. Use 2 oz for a balanced strength. Too much and you'll be swimming in boozy waters, too little and you might think you're sipping juice on the beach.

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Coconut Milk

Coconut milk gives our Whitecap a creamy texture and exotic flair. The 1 oz measurement ensures a balanced creaminess without turning our cocktail into a coconut soup. Skip it, and you're missing a key tropical twist.

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Pineapple Juice

2 oz of pineapple juice add a tangy fruitiness that pairs perfectly with the rum and coconut, giving you that 'I could be on vacation' feeling. Less could make the drink too subtle, while more might send you off to the sugar rush races.

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Lime Juice

A zippy 0.5 oz lime juice provides a sharp contrast to the sweetness, balancing the concoction. Lime juice’s tartness is like the zing in your beach day fling. Forget it and the drink risks a one-dimensional sweetness.

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1 cup of ice is not just a chilling agent, it's a mixer's best friend. It cools, dilutes, and marries the flavors as you shake. No ice means a warm, flat affair – nothing refreshing about that!

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Garnish: Pineapple Wedge

The pineapple wedge isn't just a pretty face; it's an edible preview of the tropical tantalization awaiting inside the glass. It's saying, 'Take a sip, you're going to feel like you've found paradise.'

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Recipe. How to make Whitecap Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add the white rum, coconut milk, pineapple juice, and lime juice
  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

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure the ingredients are well mixed
  • Use fresh pineapple juice for a more vibrant flavor
  • Chill the glass before serving to keep the cocktail cold longer

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The light, fruity notes of the Whitecap cocktail complement the smokiness of grilled shrimp or fish.
  • Hawaiian Pizza: With its combination of sweet pineapple and savory ham, this pizza matches the tropical vibes of the cocktail.
  • Summer Salads: Opt for salads with mango, papaya, or citrus fruits to mirror the cocktail’s fresh and zesty flavors.

Drink Pairings

  • Coconut Water: For a non-alcoholic option, coconut water will continue the tropical theme without overwhelming the palate.
  • Light Beers: A crisp lager or pilsner can cleanse the palate between sips of the Whitecap.

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What you could change in Whitecap

  • White Rum: Can be substituted with vodka for a less sweet cocktail
  • Coconut Milk: Can be substituted with coconut cream for a richer flavor
  • Pineapple Juice: Can be substituted with orange juice for a different tropical twist

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And of course - twists🍹

Whitecap with a Sparkling Twist

  • Add 1 oz of sparkling water for a bubbly lift
  • This version adds a fizz that will dance on your tongue, making the drink even more refreshing and lighter.

Berry Whitecap

  • Muddle a handful of mixed berries before adding the other ingredients.
  • The berries will infuse a tartness that complements the tropical flavors, adding depth and a pop of color, making it look and taste berry delicious.

Spiced Whitecap

  • Infuse the rum with a cinnamon stick for 24 hours prior to making the cocktail.
  • This will introduce a warm spiciness that contrasts with the coolness of the drink, giving it a kick that's perfect for a cooler evening under the stars.

In case you forgot basics how to make Whitecap

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 Whitecap

Why is it called a 'Whitecap' cocktail?

While the exact reasoning is not known, it's speculated that the name 'Whitecap' comes from the creamy white appearance of the cocktail. Whitecap also refers to the white frothy tops of waves in the ocean, fitting the tropical theme.

What other cocktails did Joe Scialom create?

Joe Scialom is known for creating a variety of innovative cocktails. Some of his other famous creations include the 'Suffering Bastard' and the 'Beachcomber'.

Can I use light rum instead of white rum for this cocktail?

Yes, you can substitute white rum with light rum. However, it may slightly alter the taste of the cocktail.

What other garnishes can I use for the Whitecap?

While a pineapple wedge is the traditional garnish for a Whitecap, you can also use other tropical fruits like mango slices or a cherry. A mint sprig can also add a refreshing touch.

Can I make a large batch of Whitecap cocktail in advance?

Yes, you can make a larger batch of the Whitecap cocktail and store it in a pitcher in the refrigerator. However, it's best to add the ice and garnish just before serving.

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