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How the Miami Vice Cocktail Got Its Name

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The Miami Vice drink is a perfect blend of two famous cocktails, namely, the strawberry daiquiri and the Pina colada. As the name suggests, this cocktail originated in Miami and was considered a favorite drink in beach bars and nightclubs. The Miami Vice cocktail was the most preferred drink in Miami during the late 1980s and '90s. The distinctive coconut tastes and strawberry flavors in the drink perfectly blend together to form a taste-rich drink. The strawberry daiquiri contains a combination of simple syrup, rum, fresh strawberries, and lime juice. All these contents are then blended and crushed in ice until smooth. The Pina colada consists of coconut cream, fresh pineapple juice, and rum, which is also crushed in the ice and blended until smooth. Read on to learn how the Miami Vice cocktail got its name.

History of the Miami Vice Cocktail

While its main ingredients, the strawberry daiquiri, and the Pina colada, have been around for ages, the Miami Vice cocktail is a relatively new drink in the world of cocktails. According to Tastealtas, the Miami Vice cocktail originated in Miami and was made famous by the early 1990's hit show – Miami Vice, which was very popular back then. The Pina colada itself was invented in 1954 at The Beachcomber's Bar in Puerto Rico, and a few years later, the strawberry daiquiri was born. Additionally, there were some online publications that claim the Miami Vice cocktail already existed before the popular '80s TV show was aired on the TV screens. This drink may have been introduced in the 80s, but to date, it continues to be one of the most ordered cocktails in Miami. It is impossible to go to a nightclub or a beach bar and not see anyone enjoying their pink and white Miami Vice cocktail. Made with dark rum, fresh strawberries, coconut cream, light rum, and fresh pineapple juice, the Miami Vice cocktail is a frozen, layered drink with a boozy kick. The cocktail induces the same summer vibes from how it is served, chilled and perfectly mixed with coconut milk, fresh pineapples, strawberries, and white rum crushed over ice for a smooth taste. Unlike the various tropical drinks in existence, the Miami Vice cocktail is the perfect summertime drink due to its rich flavors that will immediately overwhelm your taste buds. This cocktail can also be made in the comfort of your home since most of its ingredients are found at home.

Ingredients in the Miami Vice cocktail

The Miami Vice cocktail entails two tasty, chilled, and mixed drinks. When making the Miami Vice cocktail, you will need to make a Pina colada and blend it with a strawberry daiquiri. According to Cocktails Lovetoknow, other ingredients in this cocktail include:

  • Simple Syrup. This helps sweeten frozen drink cocktails and adds a more delicious strawberry taste.
  • Coconut cream. Sweet, rich cream of coconut helps add to the cocktail's sweetness and a tropical taste.
  • Vanilla extract. This helps add a unique touch of sweetness and depth to the cocktail.
  • Strawberries. Strawberries help add a sweet flavor to the drink. You can opt to use fresh or frozen strawberries.
  • Pineapple juice. This helps add a more tropical taste to the Pina colada mix.
  • Ice. This is an optional ingredient if you like enjoying your Miami Vice cocktail frozen.

How to make the Miami Vice cocktail

Below are some of the essential ingredients used when making the Miami Vice cocktail:

  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 2 ounces divided rum
  • 2 ounces coconut cream
  • Garnish with a pineapple slice


  • Add 1 ounce of rum, lime juice, simple syrup, 1 cup crushed ice, and strawberries into a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour the contents into a hurricane glass and place them in a freezer.
  • Wash and clean dry the blender.
  • Add the remaining 1 ounce of rum, pineapple juice, 1 cup of crushed ice, and coconut cream, and blend until smooth.
  • Pour the content into the hurricane glass with the strawberry daiquiri to create a layered cocktail.
  • Garnish with a slice of pineapple

Simple Tips For Making The Perfect Miami Vice Drink

Now that you have already made the two essential ingredients – strawberry daiquiri and Pina colada, whichever order you decide to use, the cocktail's rich taste remains. The typical representation of this drink entails white at the top and red color at the bottom; thus, you will need to pour the strawberry daiquiri mix first, followed by the Pina colada. This layered effect helps create a spectacular visual appearance. If you sip from the top, you will taste mostly coconut cream, and from the bottom, the delicious taste of strawberry daiquiri. If you mix the layers, you will enjoy an overwhelming taste of the world's most well-known tropical cocktails. For a vibrant and fruity flavor, you can opt to use fresh lime juice, pineapple juice, and actual strawberries in your Miami Vice cocktail. When blending the ice, consider using a compelling set of blends to ensure your cocktail's texture is perfectly silky and smooth. Moreover, how you pour your contents into your glass has a significant role in the final flavor of your cocktail. According to, the proper way to enjoy your Miami Vice cocktail is by pouring both mixes into your glass at the same time. When you look at your cocktail glass, the right side should be white and the left side pink, then place your drinking straw straight into the middle of the cocktail to simultaneously enjoy the Miami Vice's tangy and sweet notes.

Final Thoughts

The Miami Vice cocktail is one of the easiest drinks to serve your guests. Even without the inclusion of alcohol, the cocktail remains brightly colored, appealing, and flavorful. The cocktail is refreshing with layers of cream and red and overwhelming flavors of coconut and strawberry. Are you a fan of fruit and rum cocktails? Then, the Miami Vice cocktail is the perfect drink for you.

Lily Wordsmith

Written by Lily Wordsmith

Lily Wordsmith is a freelance writer who has had a love affair with the written word for decades. You can find her writing blog posts and articles while sitting under a tree at the local park watching her kids play, or typing away on her tablet in line at the DMV. In addition to her freelance career, she is pursuing ebook writing with an ever-growing repertoire of witty ebooks to her name. Her diversity is boundless, and she has written about everything from astrobotany to zookeepers. Her real passions are her family, baking desserts and all things luxe.

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