Zaiquri 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 Zaiquri is a modern twist on the classic Daiquiri. Its name is derived from the Urdu word 'Zaiqa', meaning taste, reflecting the cocktail's flavorful profile.

  • Origins
    • The Zaiquri was created by a seasoned mixologist who sought to infuse traditional rum cocktails with exotic flavors.
  • Popularity
    • This cocktail quickly became a favorite among those who appreciate a balance of sweet and tangy notes.
  • Ideal Consumer
    • It's perfect for adventurous drinkers looking to explore new taste sensations.

How Zaiquri Tastes?

The Zaiquri offers a delightful fusion of sweet Malibu rum with the sharpness of lime juice, complemented by the fruity undertones of raspberry liqueur and the refreshing zest of tangerine juice.

Interesting facts about Zaiquri

  • The Zaiquri's vibrant color palette is as appealing to the eye as it is to the palate.
  • It's often chosen for summer parties due to its refreshing and fruity nature.
  • The cocktail's versatility allows it to be served both on the rocks and blended.


Malibu Rum

Essential for that beachy vibe, Malibu Rum with its coconut flavor lays the tropical foundation for the Zaiquri. If you skimp on the 1.5 oz, you're missing out on the 'vacation in a glass' feel. Too much, and you might as well call it a suntan lotion cocktail.

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Lime Juice

The zesty Lime Juice is our sour powerhouse, giving the cocktail its refreshing zing. Without that 1 oz, the sweetness might overpower you like a sunburn. It's like the sunscreen for the Zaiquri — you wouldn't skip that on a sunny day, would you?

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Raspberry Liqueur

The Raspberry Liqueur at 0.5 oz cheekily winks with berry goodness, offering a tart contrast. Leave it out, and you lose the berry on the bush. Swap it for another berry liqueur if you fancy a different berry on your beach day.

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Tangerine Juice

At 1 oz, Tangerine Juice brings a unique, tangy twist to the mix. Ditch it, and the Zaiquri loses a layer like a beach without the ocean breeze. Sub it with orange juice if you must, but you'll be missing the tangerine's special wave.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Zaiquri Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Pour 1.5 oz of Malibu rum, 1 oz of lime juice, 0.5 oz of raspberry liqueur, and 1 oz of tangerine juice into the shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel or a fresh raspberry.

Pro Tips

  • Always use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the cocktail glass beforehand to keep the drink colder for longer.
  • When shaking, do so until the shaker feels frosty on the outside for a perfectly chilled Zaiquri.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The fruity notes of the Zaiquri will complement the smokiness of grilled shrimp or scallops.
  • Salads: A light, citrusy salad that includes fruits like mango or papaya would work well with the tropical vibe of the cocktail.
  • Spicy Asian Cuisine: The sweetness of the Zaiquri can help balance the heat from spicy Thai or Vietnamese dishes.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: To keep the palate refreshed between sips of the cocktail.
  • Chilled White Wine: A nice Sauvignon Blanc with citrus notes can pair nicely if one prefers to switch between cocktail and wine.

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What you could change in Zaiquri

  • If Malibu rum is not available, any good quality coconut rum can be used as a substitute.
  • In absence of raspberry liqueur, a raspberry syrup can be used, though it will be sweeter.
  • Freshly squeezed tangerine juice is preferred, but store-bought can suffice if needed.

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And of course - twists🍹

Coconut Bliss

  • Substitute raspberry liqueur with coconut cream to double down on the coconut flavor.
  • Recipe: Reduce lime juice to 0.5 oz to soften the acidity. Add 1 oz coconut cream, and shake it up!
  • Taste: Creamier, with an indulgent coconut profile. For those who like their beaches extra coconutty.

Berry Storm

  • Mix in a variety of berry liqueurs (blueberry, blackberry) instead of just raspberry for a berry explosion.
  • Recipe: Use 0.25 oz of each berry liqueur but keep the rest as is.
  • Taste: A fruit-forward cocktail that pays homage to the berry patch on a sunny day.

Citrus Sunrise

  • Lemon juice instead of lime, and a splash of orange bitters gives it a sunrise effect.
  • Recipe: Use 0.5 oz lemon juice, 0.5 oz lime juice, and a couple of dashes of orange bitters.
  • Taste: Sharper citrus notes with a bittersweet edge, like the first light of dawn on your taste buds.

In case you forgot basics how to make Zaiquri

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 Zaiquri

What type of glass is recommended for a Zaiquri?

A Zaiquri is traditionally served in a chilled cocktail or coupe glass to enhance its presentation and to keep it cool.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of a Zaiquri?

Yes, a mocktail version can be created by omitting the rum and raspberry liqueur and using non-alcoholic substitutes like coconut water and raspberry syrup.

What food pairs well with a Zaiquri?

Light appetizers like shrimp cocktail, ceviche, or tropical fruit plates complement the fruity and refreshing nature of a Zaiquri.

Is there an ideal time of year to enjoy a Zaiquri?

While a Zaiquri can be enjoyed year-round, it's particularly well-suited for warmer months or at summertime gatherings due to its refreshing flavors.

Can I use different types of rum for a Zaiquri?

While the original recipe calls for Malibu or coconut rum, you can experiment with other rums, though it will alter the traditional tropical flavor profile.

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