Wrecked Pirate Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

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


The Wrecked Pirate is a cocktail that's as adventurous and daring as the name suggests. It's a favorite among those who enjoy a good rum-based cocktail with a tropical twist. The cocktail is believed to have originated in the Caribbean, home to many infamous pirates. It's a cocktail that's perfect for those who like their drinks strong, flavorful, and with a hint of the exotic.

How Wrecked Pirate Tastes?

The Wrecked Pirate is a robust and flavorful cocktail. It has a strong rum base, balanced by the sweet and tangy flavors of pineapple and lime. The hint of coconut adds a tropical flair, making it a refreshing and invigorating drink.

Interesting facts about Wrecked Pirate

  • The Wrecked Pirate is a variation of the classic rum punch.
  • It's a popular choice for beach-themed parties and summer gatherings.
  • Despite its strong flavor, it's a relatively easy cocktail to make.


Dark Rum

  • Used for its rich, sweet, and complex flavors.
  • 2 oz is the perfect amount to anchor the drink without overwhelming it.
  • Without it? You'd lose the drink's backbone. For a twist, try spiced rum for added warmth.

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Pineapple Juice

  • Contributes tropical sweetness and acidity.
  • 1 oz balances the stronger flavors of rum and coconut.
  • Skipping it? The drink would be flat. Mango juice could be an exotic alternative.

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Lime Juice

  • Adds a zesty tang to cut through the sweetness.
  • 0.5 oz sharpens the drink's edge just right.
  • Gone missing? The cocktail turns overly sweet. Lemon juice can step in but it's not as tropical.

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Coconut Cream

  • Brings a creamy, tropical richness that defines the drink's character.
  • 1 oz for a silky mouthfeel without too much heaviness.
  • Without coconut? It won't be a pirate's treasure anymore. Almond milk can lend a nutty profile instead.

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Simple Syrup

  • Provides additional sweetness to balance the tartness.
  • At 0.5 oz, it fine-tunes the overall flavor profile.
  • Leave it out? The drink might be too tart. Honey offers a natural, floral alternative.

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  • Essential for chilling and diluting the cocktail a touch.
  • The amount simply depends on personal preference.
  • No ice? Expect a strong, undiluted punch in the taste buds.

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Pineapple Slice & Cherry for Garnish

  • Adds visual appeal and hints at the flavors within.
  • The perfect finishing touch that also gives a preview of the tastiness.
  • Go garnish-less? It's like a pirate without a hat: not the same!

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Recipe. How to make Wrecked Pirate Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, coconut cream, and simple syrup to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is well combined.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Shake the cocktail until it's very cold to help blend the flavors.
  • Serve in a chilled glass for an extra refreshing drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled Seafood: The smoky flavor complements the cocktail's tropical notes.
  • Jerk Chicken: Spicy flavors marry well with the rum's sweetness and the cocktail's fruity tones.
  • Coconut Shrimp: Echoes the coconut cream in the drink.
  • Tropical Fruit Salad: Enhances the fruity components of the cocktail.


  • Cold Brew Coffee: The sweetness of the cocktail balances the bitter notes of the coffee.
  • Sparkling Water: For a non-alcoholic pairing to cleanse the palate between sips.

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What you could change in Wrecked Pirate

  • You can substitute the dark rum with white rum for a lighter flavor.
  • If you don't have coconut cream, you can use coconut milk instead.

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Smoky Pirate

  • Substitute the dark rum with a smoky mezcal.
  • The smoky flavor will give the cocktail a robust edge, moving away from the typical sweetness to a more complex profile. Ideal for those who like a bold touch in their drinks.

Nutty Marauder

  • Replace coconut cream with almond milk and add a splash of amaretto.
  • The almond flavor will pair nicely with the tropical notes, resulting in a nuttier, less creamy drink. This twist suits someone searching for a lighter version of the original.

Spiced Treasure

  • Add a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg to the original ingredients.
  • The added spices will make the Wrecked Pirate more warming, a perfect choice for cooler evenings. The spices add a festive twist, making it a holiday favorite.

In case you forgot basics how to make Wrecked Pirate

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 Wrecked Pirate

What type of glass is best suited for this cocktail?

The Wrecked Pirate cocktail is often best served in a highball or tiki style glass to enhance the tropical theme.

Is the Wrecked Pirate cocktail good for beginners to mix?

Yes, it's a relatively simple cocktail to mix, making it a good choice for individuals who are new to mixing drinks.

Can I add bitters to enhance the flavor of this cocktail?

Sure! A dash of bitters can add complexity to the flavor profile without overpowering the tropical aspect of the drink.

What can I pair this cocktail with?

As a tropical cocktail, it pairs well with light, summery dishes such as grilled shrimps, salads and tropical fruits.

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