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Miami Vice Drink

Prep Time: 10 mins
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Indulge with this Miami Vice Drink! It's a deliciously layered tropical drink that is a layered combination of fruity strawberry daiquiri and pina colada flavors.

This 2-in-1 cocktail recipe takes the best of both worlds to bring you the ultimate fruity frozen cocktail in just 10 minutes!

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Miami Vice Drinks with red and white straws.


Want to immediately be transported to beach bars in your favorite tropical destination? Try one of the most famous cocktails and be immediately taken to paradise at first sip. Let the sweet tastes of this perfect mixed drink warm your soul but keep you cool all summer long!

Bookmark this recipe and impress your guests with this visually stunning tropical cocktail. This delicious cocktail is made with sweet, juicy strawberries and pineapples and a hint of creamy coconut. This Miami Vice Drink tastes just as good as it looks!

Serve this cold alcoholic drink all summer at a barbecue or your next pool party.

the top of a miami vice cocktail garnished with maraschino cherries and a lemon wedge.

How did Miami Vice get its name?

Believe it or not, the Miami Vice drink was not named after the Don Johnson 80s crime drama of the same name. It was actually concocted before the popular series was even in production.

However, it was invented in Miami and combines two of Florida's signature drinks. It's Part strawberry daiquiri and part pina colada. This frozen drink (sometimes referred to as "Lava Flow") gives major Miami vibes!

ingredients needed to make a miami vice - frozen strawberries, white rum, simple syrup, grenadine, frozen pineapples, coconut rum, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut.

Miami Vice Ingredients

Several recipes use pina colada mix and strawberry daiquiri mix, however, I opted to make my own homemade layers from scratch. Don't fret, it's super easy to do!

Strawberry Layer

  • Frozen strawberries: I used frozen fruit because it results in a thicker mixture. You can use fresh or a mixture of frozen and fresh strawberries if you prefer a thinner consistency.
  • Ice cubes
  • White rum: A light rum like Malibu would be ideal for the Miami Vice Drink.
  • Simple syrup: This sweetens the drink and really complements the strawberries.
  • Fruit Punch: for added fruity flavor that pairs so well with the strawberry flavors.
  • Grenadine: A splash of this bright red pomegranate-based syrup results in a beautiful rosy tint and added sweetness.

Pineapple Layer

  • Frozen pineapples: Frozen diced pineapple is a true time saver! However, you can absolutely use fresh pineapple for these classic drinks!
  • Coconut Rum: I love the extra coconut flavor mixed into the pineapple layer. It kind of tastes like a pina colada!
  • Ice cubes
  • White rum: I opted for white rum as opposed to dark rum for a lighter rum flavor.
  • Cream of coconut: This is the cream that rises to the top of chilled coconut milk. Then it is sweetened with sugar. You can use storebought or easily make homemade cream of coconut instead.
  • Pineapple juice: Tangy pineapple juice really adds to the pina colada flavor.
Two Miami Vice Drinks on a serving tray in front of a pineapple.

How to Make a Miami Vice Drink

The beauty of this sweet cocktail is that it looks impressive but it is really so easy to make!

  1. Firstly, blend the strawberry layer until smooth and pour into a large cup/pitcher. Then blend the pineapple layer (separately) with ice and blend until smooth.
  2. Then combine the separate drinks - pour the strawberry daquiri with the frozen pineapple mixture into blended layers in a glass (hurricane glass or tall cocktail glass recommended) in alternating layers. Pouring the layers one at a time creates a swirled appearance kind of like a layered effect.

Finally, garnish with cherries, a lemon wedge, fresh mint, strawberries, or a pineapple wedge. The options are endless with these fun tropical cocktails!

an up close picture of a frozen rum cocktail garnished with fresh mint, cherries, and a lemon wedge.

Make a Miami Vice Mocktail

To make this miami vice cocktail alcohol free, simply omit the rum. You'll still get those beautiful distinct layers, you may need to add a bit more pineapple juice for the frozen piña colada / pineapple layer and more fruit punch for the frozen strawberry daiquiri layer when mixing in the blender.

Enjoy these popular beachy cocktails however you'd like and feel free to get creative and customize to your liking!

Miami Vice Recipe Tips

Here are some suggestions to make the best Miami Vice drink possible. Read them before you start up that blender!

  • Hosting an event? Fancy this drink up with whipped cream and cute tiny paper umbrellas! Your taste buds will thank you when you sip this tasty drink!
  • If you want to switch up the type of alcohol, you could use vodka instead.
  • For more depth in flavor, you can also add lime juice and vanilla extract to the frozen pina coladas layer.
  • If you are making this around Christmas, then add 5 drops of green food coloring to the pineapple mixture. You will have the beautiful patterns of a red and green drink!
  • Want to make this adult treat even more fun? Pour the mixtures into popsicle molds! This is perfect having at entertaining events in the hot weather!

FAQs

What is the best rum for the Miami Vice drink?

White rum is best for Miami Vice. The mild flavor of white rum allows all of the fruits to stand out. A dark, spiced rum would overpower the other ingredients and not taste as well balanced.

Can I make a non-alcoholic Miami Vice?

Yes! To make a virgin Miami Vice, simply leave out the rum when preparing the strawberry daiquiri and pina colada. Then it is a tasty treat for kids and adults alike!

Can I make this ahead of time?

You can but I don't recommend it! This recipe has frozen ingredients that will melt. However, if you MUST, I recommend doing so before the party gets started, prepare the mixtures separately and then place them in the fridge. When you are ready to serve, simply pour them into glasses and garnish. Enjoy!

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Two Miami Vice Drinks on a serving tray in front of a pineapple.

Miami Vice Drink

Indulge with this Miami Vice Drink; a deliciously layered beverage that combines strawberry daiquiri and pina colada flavors. This 2-in-1 drink takes the best of both worlds to bring you the ultimate fruity frozen cocktail in just 10 minutes!
Serving: 4
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Calories: 290kcal

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Hurrican Glasses optional

Ingredients

Strawberry Layer

  • 1 ½ cups Frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup Ice cubes
  • 2 oz. White rum
  • 2 oz. Simple syrup
  • 2 oz. Grenadine
  • 2 oz Fruit Punch

Pineapple Layer

  • 1 ½ cup Frozen pineapples
  • 1 cup Ice cubes
  • 3 oz. Coconut Rum
  • ½ oz. White Rum
  • 2 oz. Cream of coconut
  • 2 oz. Pineapple juice

Directions

  • Blend the ingredients for each layer in a blender (separately) with ice and pulse until smooth.
  • Pour the blended layers into a glass (hurricane glass recommended) in alternating layers.
  • Garnish with strawberries or pineapple wedge.

Notes

  • Hosting an event? Fancy this drink up with whipped cream and cute tiny paper umbrellas! Your taste buds will thank you when you sip this tasty drink!
  • If you want to switch up the type of alcohol, you could use vodka instead.
  • For more depth in flavor, you can also add lime juice and vanilla extract to the frozen pina coladas layer.
  • If you are making this around Christmas, then add 5 drops of green food coloring to the pineapple mixture. You will have the beautiful patterns of a red and green drink!
  • Want to make this adult treat even more fun? Pour the mixtures into popsicle molds! This is perfect having at entertaining events in the hot weather!

Nutrition

Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 43IU | Vitamin C: 63mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American

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