The Frozen Miami Vice Cocktail is the king of hybrid alcoholic drinks and the invention of a beverage genius! It consists of a layered combination of the two very popular cocktails, frozen Strawberry Daiquiris, and frozen Piña Colada.
This heady mix of strawberries, rum, limes, pineapple juice, and coconut cream is sure to transport you immediately to a tropical beach! So, if you can’t pick your favourite, no problem, you can have both!
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Frozen Miami Vice Cocktail
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required as well as understand the steps and timings involved.
Why have one cocktail, when you can have two; in the same glass!
Rather than being a distinct recipe, the Miami Vice is actually a layered combination of two popular beachy cocktails: Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris and Frozen Piña Coladas.
This delicious, fruity frozen concoction conjures images of sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, and swim-up pool bars – it’s 100% beach kitsch!
Sadly, it’s not named after the popular 80s TV show starring Don Johnson, but the name of the city where it was most likely invented!
This is the perfect mixed drink for sipping in hot weather (and I’ve included a non-alcoholic mocktail version for kids and non-drinkers too).
The frozen Miami Vice cocktail is sweet and refreshing with layers of red and cream color and complimentary flavors of strawberries and coconut.
Ingredients Used In This Cocktail
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- Frozen Pineapple Chunks – you can use fresh, frozen, or canned pineapple for this recipe. For best results, use fresh pineapple that has been cut into chunks and frozen prior to blending.
- Pineapple Juice
- Coconut Cream
- Fresh Strawberries
- Fresh Lime Juice
- White/Light Rum
- Simple Syrup – you can easily make your own simple syrup. You place equal measures of sugar and water in a pan and stir over medium heat. By the time it starts to simmer, the sugar is dissolved, and that’s it! When the syrup has cooled use in cocktails as required. Store it in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to a week.
- High-Speed Blender – which needs to be able to crush ice.
More Frozen Cocktails To Make
Want to make more frozen cocktails? I think you’re going to love these ones:
- Frozen Strawberry Margaritas Are Perfect For Summer!
- Frozen Watermelon Slush Mocktail (or Spike It With Booze!)
- Frozen Mango Margaritas (Cocktail & Mocktail Versions!)
Frozen Miami Vice Variations
I like to try and give variations on the cocktails shared on The Purple Pumpkin Blog, and especially turning the cocktail into a mocktail so that non-drinkers (and kids if suitable) can enjoy the drink too!
Virgin Frozen Miami Vice Mocktail (non-alcoholic)
So that non-drinkers can enjoy a glass of this frozen cocktail, it’s as simple as leaving out the rum and replacing with other ingredients!
- For the Piña Colada mocktail version: Omit the rum and replace it with 1 oz coconut cream and 3 oz pineapple juice before blending.
- For the Strawberry Daiquiri mocktail version: Omit the rum and replace it with one-quarter cup water.
To make Miami Vice Mocktail, follow the recipe card, but replace the alcoholic elements with the ingredients listed above.
However, for non-drinking adults who still want the rum flavor could experiment with a non-alcoholic alternative:
- White Cane Spirit from Lyre’s – “This unique spirit has been impossibly crafted to capture the essence of a gently aged white rum with flavours that are distinct and contemporary.” Their website has international versions too, including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, so they’re worth checking out for non-alcoholic alternatives!
This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of the legal drinking age in your country of residence. Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.
How Do I Make a Frozen Miami Vice Cocktail?
Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, any pics don’t print to save your ink!).
For the Strawberry Daiquiri
- 2 oz Simple Syrup (to taste)
- 2½ cups fresh strawberries, hulled
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice
- 4 oz light rum
- 6-8 large ice cubes
For the Piña Colada
- 2 oz Simple Syrup (to taste)
- 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks*
- 8 oz pineapple juice
- ⅓ cup coconut cream
- 4 oz light rum
- 6-8 ice cubes
- Whole strawberries
- Pineapple wedges
- To make the Strawberry Daiquiri, place the strawberries, lime juice, rum, and simple syrup into a blender and blend until smooth.
- While the blender is still running, add the ice a little at a time until thoroughly combined. Turn blender off and remove lid. Taste and add additional simple syrup, if desired, and blend for another 30 seconds to combine.
- Transfer to a freezer-safe container, and place in the freezer while you make the Piña Colada.
- Rinse blender thoroughly.
- To make the Piña Colada, place the frozen pineapple, pineapple juice, coconut cream, rum, and simple syrup into a blender and blend until smooth.
- While the blender is still running, add the ice a little at a time until the desired consistency is reached. Turn blender off and remove lid. Taste and add additional simple syrup, if desired, and blend for another 30 seconds to combine.
- Fill each hurricane glass approximately ¼ full with the Strawberry Daiquiri mixture and top it off with a layer of the Piña Colada mixture until the glass is half full.
Layering Tip: After adding the first layer, slowly pour each subsequent layer over the back of a large spoon. This will help create distinct layers, while the bright red from the strawberries slowly wicks into the lighter pina colada to create beautiful patterns.
- Repeat this process one more time and garnish with fresh strawberries and/or a wedge of fresh pineapple before serving. Enjoy!
*You can use fresh, frozen, or canned pineapple for this recipe. For best results, use fresh pineapple that has been cut into chunks and frozen prior to blending.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 443Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 71gFiber: 4gSugar: 63gProtein: 2g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
Make It A Meal!
The beverage is covered, but what about other dishes to make this recipe into a full meal? Here are my suggestions!
- Appetizer: Black Bean Salsa Cups Appetizer
- Soup: Southwestern Chicken Soup with Black Beans
- Salad: Mexican Chopped Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing
- Main Dish: Instant Pot Pork Carnitas Bowls
- Side Dish: Fully Loaded Mexican Street Corn with Mexican Crema & Cotija Cheese
- Dessert: Creamy Banana Frozen Yogurt – A Yummy Summer Dessert Idea!
There are 500+ Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog for you to enjoy! Please feel free to check them out too.