Miami Vice Drink: The Only Vice You Should Indulge In

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delicious ombre strawberry smoothie

Inspired by an 80’s television program of the same title, Miami Vice Drink is actually a fusion of two equally refreshing drinks - Strawberry Daiquiri and Piña Colada

The fresh fruits used in this cocktail are sweet and refreshing to lessen the rum’s intense flavors. It can effectively serve as a dessert because of its creamy and deliciously sweet flavors, further heightened by strawberries and pineapples’ aroma.

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The Rise to Fame

Miami Vice Drink is famous in the La Altagracia Province in the Dominican Republic. Simultaneously, in the US, it is most popular in Florida, Mississippi, Wisconsin, South Carolina, and Kentucky.

In a published online article,  Miami Vice Drink was hailed by the author as one of the best dessert/drinks for 2019 in Florida. It was also featured as one of the drinks for the week in an eclectic but premier barbeque bar in Southern California.

How to Make Miami Vice Drink


For the Strawberry Daiquiri

For the Piña Colada

Steps to Make

  1. In a blender, add one oz of rum and 1 cup of strawberries, lime juice, and 1 cup crushed ice.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour in a goblet glass and store it in the freezer.
  4. Wash the blender and dry thoroughly.
  5. Add 1 oz. rum, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and 1 cup crushed ice into the clean blender.
  6. Blend until smooth.
  7. Pour into the hurricane glass filled with Strawberry Daiquiri.
  8. Garnish with a pineapple slice. Serve with a straw.

Note: If you have two blenders, you can make both drinks simultaneously. You can pour it together, so instead of layered, the individual drinks will be side by side.

Miami Vice Drink Recipe (Variant II) 

delicious ombre strawberry smoothie



For the Strawberry Daiquiri

  • 1 1/2 cups of Crushed ice
  • 10 Ripe strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 3/4 oz. Fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. Triple sec
  • 1 1/2 oz. White rum

For the Piña Colada

  • 1 1/2 cups of Crushed ice
  • 1/2 cup Frozen or fresh pineapple, crushed
  • 2 oz. Cream of coconut
  • 2 oz. Pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. Malibu rum
  • 1 oz. Dark rum
  • Pineapple wedge for garnishing

Steps to Make

  1. For the strawberry daiquiri, throw all the ingredients together in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour in a Stemless Wine Glasses and store it in the freezer.
  4. Wash the blender and dry thoroughly.
  5. For the Piña Colada, add all the ingredients into the clean blender.
  6. Blend until smooth.
  7. Pour into the hurricane glass filled with Strawberry Daiquiri.
  8. Garnish with a pineapple wedge. Serve with two straws.

Level Up Your Miami Vice DrinkTropical fruits in a platter

Here are other ways to turn the classic Miami Vice drink into a whole new tasty and refreshing cocktail. 

  • Using the same recipe above, you can utilize tropical fruits such as mango, melon, and papaya instead of strawberries. You can also use berries like raspberry and blueberries.
  • Omit the rum to make Virgin Miami Vice Drink
  • Add 1/2 oz blue curacao to the Piña Colada for a more interesting blend.
  • You can also use 1/2 oz half and half for the Piña Colada for a more intense flavor.

 Know Your Miami Vice Drink Ingredients Coconut cream in a jar with coconut fruit

  • Light Rum - A spirit distilled from sugar cane. However, it was filtered after aging to remove the color. 
  • Dark Rum- Made from caramelized sugar or molasses and aged in charred barrels, it has hints of an earthy and nutty taste. 
  • Coconut Cream - A thick concoction made from coconut milk and mixed with cream. 
  • Blue Curacao - A blue-colored, sweet liqueur made from steeping bitter orange peels in alcohol.
  • Half and Half - A blend of equal parts of whole milk and light cream. This is usually used as a creamer for beverages. 
  • Triple Sec - A colorless orange-flavored liqueur that belongs to the Curacao family of liqueurs. 
  • Miami Vice Drink Bar Accessories Different types of jiggers

  • Goblet Glass - A round-shaped glass used to serve cocktails with a capacity of up to 14 oz. It can accommodate a large amount of alcohol.
  • Jigger - A bar essential used to measure liquors and liquids for mixing cocktails and other beverages.
  • Miami Vice Drink Food PairingsVarious dishes that pair well with Miami Vice drink

    The rum in the Miami Vice Drink is intense. Therefore, to balance the cocktail’s taste, you need to pair it with food that is not too overwhelming to the palate.

    It goes well with fish dishes like in this Ahi Poke Bowls with pineapple and avocado, a Hawaiian-Japanese fusion dish made from yellowfin tuna (ahi in Hawaiian). You can also experiment with a Calabrian dish from Italy. Made with nduja spread on toast and topped with avocado for that spicy taste that will transport your senses to greater heights. 

    How about going Asian with the Korean fried chicken and pulled pork bao bun. Miami Vice Drink also pairs well with bacon-wrapped plantains and dark chocolate oatmeal cookies.


    Isn’t the Miami Vice drink pretty? It doesn’t only look aesthetically pleasing but delivers sweet and bitter married flavors into your mouth. It also doesn’t hit hard too much, although it has alcohol in it. So, if you feel like going easy on a Friday night, why not give this Miami Vice Drink a shot.


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