The 10 Most Popular Tropical Drink Recipes

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Last Updated: September 17, 2023
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10 Most Popular Tropical Drink Recipes

Want a taste of paradise? Let these popular Tropical Drink Recipes take you there. Ideal during any season, these tropical cocktails are guarantied to bring up feelings of nostalgia. If you’re already in a warm climate, they work by the pool, at the beach, or on the boardwalk! So today, we’re serving up only the most delicious drink recipes that are super easy to make.

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Blue Hawaiian

Blue Hawaiian Tropical Drink Recipe | Easy to Make Tropical Drinks

The Blue Hawaiian cocktail is a vibrant blend that marries the smoothness of vodka with the citrus notes of Curacao, harmoniously balanced by the tropical freshness of pineapple and a zesty kick of lime juice.

Sweetened to perfection with a hint of stevia and rounded off with a splash of half and half, this drink promises a refreshing and sophisticated sip no matter what tropical setting you find yourself in.


Vodka, Curacao Liqueur, 100% Pineapple Juice100% Lime Juice, Stevia All Purpose Natural Sweetener, Organic Valley Half and Half Milk.

How to Make the Blue Hawaiian Tropical Cocktail

Place all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Shake until well mixed. Strain the mixture into a tall glass filled with fresh crushed ice. Alternatively, you can combine all the ingredients in a blender, add ¾ cup of crushed ice, and blend briefly for about 5 seconds before pouring it into a cocktail glass. Finish by garnishing with a pineapple leaf and a lime wheel. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Hula Dancer

Easy to make tropical drink recipes |

This tropical cocktail transports your senses to paradise with its delightful combination of pineapple-flavored vodka and vanilla rum, forming a lush base that is both bright and smooth. The addition of lychee puree introduces a unique, exotic sweetness, which is perfectly complemented by the tang of lemon juice and sweet pineapple.


Pineapple flavored vodka, Vanilla rum, Lychee puree, ReaLemon 100% Lemon Juice100% Pineapple Juice.

How to Make the Hula Dancer Cocktail

To craft the Hula Dancer tropical cocktail, begin by shaking the main ingredients with ice until well-chilled. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass, followed by a splash of Grenadine to achieve that beautiful pink hue. Garnish with a floating orchid or a drink umbrella for a festive touch.


Tropical Cocktail Recipes & Mixed Drinks | Easy to make tropical drinks

The Painkiller cocktail serves as a delightful escape, offering a rich and flavorful blend where the warmth of rum meets the tropical allure of pineapple juice. This concoction gains a creamy dimension with cream of coconut, while the orange juice adds a citrusy tune-up, culminating in a drink that’s both comforting and delicious. A hint of ground nutmeg adds a final, fragrant touch.


Rum, 100% Pineapple Juice, Coco Lopez Cream CoconutTropicana Orange Juice, Badia Ground Nutmeg.

How to Make the Painkiller

To make the refreshing Painkiller cocktail, start by filling a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 2-4 oz. of Rum, 4 oz. of pineapple juice, 1 oz. of cream of coconut, and 1 oz. of orange juice. Shake well until the mixture is cold and well-blended. Strain into ice-filled glasses and top with a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg. Serve immediately.

Blue Ocean

Blue Ocean Tropical Drink Recipe | Easy to make tropical drink recipes |

The Blue Ocean cocktail is an easy to make yet exciting blend that pairs the kick of vodka with the citrusy depth of blue curaçao. The inclusion of grapefruit juice adds a refreshing and slightly tart edge to the mix, which is nicely rounded off with a hint of sweetness from the Stevia or your chosen sweetener.

It’s a great choice for a refreshing, no-fuss drink with a vibrant hue.


Vodka, Blue curaçao, Ocean Spray Grapefruit JuiceStevia All Purpose Natural Sweetener (or simple syrup or your preferred sweetener). How awesome does this thing look?

How to Make the Blue Ocean Tropical Cocktail

To prepare the Blue Ocean cocktail, start by adding vodka, blue curaçao, simple syrup, and grapefruit juice into a glass filled with ice. Shake the mixture thoroughly until well combined. Next, strain the mixture into a Brandy snifter filled with ice. Enhance the presentation and flavor with a garnish of an orange slice and a cherry.

Melon Ball

Melon Ball Tropical Drink Recipe | Best Tropical Cocktail Recipes |

You may be noticing that we’re on a bit of a vodka kick. The Melon Ball cocktail is your ticket to a refreshing drinking experience, combining the clean bite of vodka with the fruity essence of melon liqueur. Pineapple juice adds a tropical flair, creating another layer that’s quite refreshing. Topped off with a cherry, it’s a drink that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate.


Vodka, Melon liqueur, Pineapple juice (or orange), Cherries.

How to Make the Melon Ball

Melon ball your way through the day. In a glass with lots of ice, pour in equal parts vodka and melon liqueur. Complete the mixture with a splash of orange juice or pineapple juice. Add a cherry garnish to enhance the flavor and presentation.

Mai Tai

Mai Tai Drink Recipe | Easy to make Mai Tai Recipe

One of our favorite tropical drinks, the Mai Tai is always a crowd pleaser. The classic Mai Tai, a staple in the cocktail world, originated in the 1940s, with both Trader Vic and Don the Beachcomber contributing to the start of the “tiki culture.” This iconic drink has won hearts globally due to its delightful blend of tropical flavors and the ability to transport you to sunnier shores with just one sip.

In this particular tropical cocktail recipe, rich and smooth Hana Bay Gold Rum meets a medley of pineapple, passion, orange, and guava juices, creating a refreshing and fruity base. A splash of Orange Curacao introduces a hint of citrus zest, while a topping of dark rum adds a bold, complex note, rounding off a truly tantalizing experience.


Hana Bay Gold Rum, 100% Pineapple Juice, Passion juice, Orange juice, Guava Juice, Orange Curacao, Dark rum.

How to Make the Mai Thai Cocktail

Start with 2 oz of Hana Bay Gold Rum as the base in a shaker filled with ice. Next, introduce a blend of juices: add 1 oz of 100% pineapple juice, 1 oz of passion juice, 0.5 oz of orange juice, and 0.5 oz of guava juice. Incorporate a splash of Orange Curacao (0.5 oz). Shake the mixture vigorously until well-chilled. Strain the concoction into a glass filled with ice, and for a finishing touch, float 1 oz of dark rum on top to add depth and complexity to your drink.

Hpnotiq Breeze

Hpnotiq Breeze Tropical Drink Recipe | Hpnotiq Tropical Cocktail Recipes Easy to Make

The Hpnotiq Breeze is a straightforward yet captivating cocktail that embodies the essence of a tropical getaway. This drink combines the exotic, fruity notes of Hpnotiq with the creamy undertones of Malibu coconut rum. The addition of 100% pineapple juice not only adds a burst of freshness but also beautifully ties the flavors together.

If you’re keen on whipping up this easy-to-make cocktail that promises a burst of tropical flavors, see the full recipe and ingredients below.


Hpnotiq, Malibu coconut rum, 100% Pineapple Juice. Want the recipe for this easy to make cocktail? The Hpnotiq Breeze is the epitome of a tropical drink – click here for the complete recipe!

How to Make the Hpnotiq Breeze

To whip up a refreshing Hpnotiq Breeze, begin by filling a shaker halfway with ice. Next, pour in equal parts of Hpnotiq, Malibu coconut rum, and 100% pineapple juice, the flavors to meld. Grab a whiskey sour glass and add a handful of ice to it. Finally, strain the mixture from the shaker into the glass.

Rum Punch

Traditional Rum Punch Recipe | Tropical Rum Punch Recipe Easy to Make

Another classic, this cocktail is a delightful medley of various rums and fruit juices, offering a refreshing and slightly sweet taste with a kick. It’s the kind of drink that encourages relaxation and good conversation, making it a favorite at parties and get-togethers. Whether you’re enjoying it under the sun or sharing it with friends at a party.


Malibu red rum, Cruzan mango rum, Orange juice, 100% Pineapple Juice, Pineapple slices, lime slices.

How to Make a Classic Rum Punch Tropical Cocktail

To make the Rum Punch, in a shaker combine 1.5 oz of Malibu red rum and 1.5 oz of Cruzan mango rum. Add 2 oz each of orange juice and pineapple juice to the mix. Shake well until combined. Pour the mixture into a glass and garnish with a slice of pineapple and lime.

Pineapple Margarita

The Pineapple Margarita is a refreshing twist on the classic cocktail, offering a delightful blend of bold and tropical flavors. In this concoction, the character of the tequila is beautifully complemented by the citrus notes of Cointreau, while real lime juice adds a tangy zest that enlivens the palate balanced by sweet pineapple.

Frozen Pineapple Margarita Cocktail Recipe | Tropical Drink Recipes


Tequila, Cointreau, 100% Lime Juice, Pineapple.

How to Make a Pineapple Margarita

To make a pineapple margarita on the rocks, begin by rimming the glass with salt, which amplifies the drink’s sweet and sour notes (though this step is optional and can be skipped if preferred). Next, combine the ingredients – tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and pineapple – in a cocktail shaker filled with ice; a covered jar with a lid can be a handy alternative if a shaker isn’t available. Shake well to blend the flavors, then strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice. Garnishing with a fresh pineapple wedge adds a nice touch, but it’s mainly for aesthetics.

Sex On The Beach

The Sex on the Beach cocktail works to pair vodka perfectly with the fruity undertones of peach schnapps. The mingling of orange and cranberry juices introduces a refreshing juxtaposition of sweet and tangy elements. Adorned with a slice of orange and a cherry, it’s not only a treat to the taste buds but also a feast for the eyes.

How to Make a Sex on the beach cocktail | Sex on the beach recipe | Sex on the beach mixed drink


Vodka, Orange juice, Cranberry juice, Peach schnapps, Cherries, Oranges.

How to Make a Sex on the Beach Cocktail

To make a single serving of the Sex on the Beach cocktail, combine 1.5 oz of vodka and 0.5 oz of peach schnapps in a glass filled with ice. Add 2 oz each of orange juice and cranberry juice to the mix. Stir well to combine the ingredients. Garnish your drink with a slice of orange and a cherry to add a touch of color and extra flavor.

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