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How to Make A Really Good Miami Vice Cocktail

Here is a fun distinct recipe for a classic cocktail, the Miami Vice. This layered combination of a frozen piña colada and a frozen strawberry daiquiri is one of the most popular drinks for good reason. With every sip, this fruity cocktail will whisk you away to beachside bliss under the palm trees.

Miami Vice Cocktail

This miami vice cocktail recipe is the perfect mixed drink. it’s has a sweet flavor and yummy fruit juices.

Ingredients for this Tropical Drink

For the creamy, lighter piña colada layer:

Miami Vice Cocktail
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz cream of coconut (if you’re using coconut cream, ensure it’s well mixed before measuring)
  • 1 oz good rum, white or spiced
  • 1 cup of ice cubes

For the bright red, fruity strawberry daiquiri layer:

Miami Vice Cocktail
  • 4 juicy, real strawberries
  • 1 oz white rum
  • 1 Tbs simple syrup
  • 1 Tbs lime juice
  • 1 cup of ice cubes

Perfecting the Mixed Drink

Miami Vice Cocktail
  1. First, we’ll start with the piña colada layer. Add the pineapple juice, cream of coconut, rum, and ice into the blender. Blend on the frozen drink setting, or until the mixture is of a slushy consistency.
  2. Rinse out the blender to ensure distinct layers of flavors in your cocktail.
  3. Next, we move to the subsequent layer. Add the strawberries, lime juice, rum, simple syrup, and ice cubes into the blender. Again, blend until slushy. This combination creates the flavors of a strawberry daiquiri in its most basic form.
  4. Pour the first layer of frozen piña colada into a highball or hurricane glass, then carefully pour the frozen strawberry daiquiri layer on top. This striking visual of separate drinks layered creates a beautiful effect, akin to a lava flow.
  5. Garnish with a strawberry and pineapple wedge for that touch of fresh fruit, and enjoy. Cheers to the perfect drink for a hot summer day!
Miami Vice Cocktail

Storing Leftovers

If you do end up with leftovers, pour the remaining cocktail into a covered container and store it in the freezer. The subsequent layers should keep their distinct colors for about a week. When you’re ready to enjoy, let it thaw slightly and give it a good stir or quick blend to recreate the slushy consistency.


Q: Can I use fresh strawberries instead of frozen?

A: Yes, you can use fresh strawberries. Just add a handful more ice to achieve the slushy consistency of a classic strawberry daiquiri.

Q: Can I make a non-alcoholic or virgin Miami Vice?

A: Absolutely! Simply omit the rum for a refreshing drink that is just as enjoyable.

Miami Vice Cocktail

Tips and Tricks

  • If your blender struggles with ice, consider crushing the ice before adding it.
  • Presentation matters! Serve your Miami Vice in a chilled glass with a fun straw and a garnish of fresh fruit.

Best Practices

  • For the best experience, use a good rum. While light rum is traditional, dark rums and spiced rum add an exciting twist.
  • Chill your glasses in the freezer before serving. It helps maintain the cocktail’s icy consistency for longer.
Miami Vice Cocktail

Serving Occasions

The Miami Vice, with its vibrant layers and tropical flavors, is one of the most popular beachy cocktail recipes, ideal for:

  • Pool parties or BBQs: A delicious reminder of beach bars and hot weather.
  • Beach trips: As long as you’re not breaking any local public places rules, it’s a fantastic beachside sipper.
  • Themed parties: Caribbean, Hawaiian, or beach-themed parties.
  • Casual get-togethers: Anytime you want to add a tropical flair to your gathering.

Your very own tropical retreat in a glass, the Miami Vice cocktail is a simple, delicious drink that brings a taste of the tropics to your home, no matter where you are.

So, dust off that blender, put on some beachy tunes, and let your taste buds take a vacation with every sip. Cheers to tropical delights, fruity cocktails, and sunny days ahead! 

If you are looking for more fun cocktails be sure to check this comprehensive list 40+ Easy Mixed Drinks That You Can Make At Home!

Easy Miami Vice Cocktail
Yield: one drink

Easy Miami Vice Cocktail

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This delicious layered drink is so good and easy to make. This drink will have you feeling like you are in the tropics!


  • White Layer
  • 1oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1oz Coconut Milk
  • 1oz White Rum
  • 1 Cup Ice Cubes
  • Red Layer
  • 4 Strawberries
  • 1oz White Rum
  • 1Tbs Simple Syrup
  • 1Tbs Lime Juice
  • 1 Cup Ice Cubes


  1. Add the pineapple juice, coconut milk, white rum & ice into the blender. 
  2. Blend on the frozen drink setting on your blender. 
  3. Rinse out the blender.
  4. Add the strawberries, lime juice, white rum, Simple syrup & ice cubes into the blender.
  5. Blend on the frozen drink setting on your blender. 
  6. Pour both the red and the white frozen cocktails into a hurricane glass creating a layered look.
  7. Garnish with a strawberry & pineapple slice and enjoy.
  8. Cheers! 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 264Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 24mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 2gSugar 16gProtein 1g

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