Miami Vice Drink: The Only Vice You Should Indulge In



Inspired by an ‘80s 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 drink are very refreshing, effectively lessening the intense flavors of the rum. It can effectively serve as a dessert because of its creamy and deliciously sweet flavors further heightened by the aroma of strawberries and pineapples. 

Miami Vice Drink Ingredients

For the Strawberry Daiquiri

  • 2 oz rum
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice

For the Piña Colada

Miami Vice Drink Preparation

  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 hurricane 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 (Variant II) Ingredients

For the Strawberry Daiquiri

  • 1 1/2 cups 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 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

Miami Vice Drink (Variant II) Preparation

  1. For the strawberry daiquiri, throw in all the ingredients together in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour in a hurricane glass 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.

Here are other variations for this delicious Miami Vice Drink

  • Using the same recipe above, you can use tropical fruits such as mango, melon and papaya instead of strawberries. Berries like raspberry and blueberries can also be used.
  • 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 Ingredients!

  • 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  
  • Coconut cream - a thick concoction made from coconut milk and mixing 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, usually used as creamer for beverages
  • Triple sec - a colorless orange-flavored liqueur that belongs to the Curacao family of liqueurs

Bar Accessories

  • Hurricane glass - hourglass-shaped glass used to serve cocktails that has a capacity of up to 590ml (20oz). It can accommodate an insanely huge amount of alcohol
  • Jigger - a bar essential used to measure liquors for mixing in drinks

The Rise in Fame

Interest in Miami Vice Drink peaked in the first week of July with the most interest reflected in Dominican Republic,United States, Canada and Mexico. Miami Vice Drink is most popular in the La Altagracia Province in Dominican Republic while in the US, it is most popular in Florida, Mississippi, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Kentucky.

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

 The Perfect Pair

The rum in the Miami Vice Drink is intense and needs food that will complement its taste. It goes well with fish like in this adventurous Ahi Poke Bowls  with pineapple and avocado, a Hawaiian-Japanese fusion dish made from yellowfin tuna (ahi in Hawaiian). Experiment with this Calabrian dish from Italy, nduja spread on toast and topped with avocado, for that spicy taste that will transport your senses to greater heights. Go 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.

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