Shake up a tropical tiki cocktail (in under 5 minutes) using peanut butter whiskey along with summer flavors like rum, coconut, and pineapple. At the first sip, you'll experience a sweet coconut flavor with a peanut butter note at the end.
If you're looking for a summer tropical cocktail, you have to try this coconut and peanut butter whiskey drink. I love the bright and fresh flavors found in tiki-style cocktails, and I wanted to bring a new twist by adding Skrewball.
The cream of coconut and pineapple juice blends seamlessly with the bitter notes of Skrewball whiskey. This recipe is the best of both worlds blending sweet, fruity, and aromatic bitters.
What You'll Learn In This Recipe
I've got a few bartender tricks to teach you by making this recipe:
- How to make homemade cinnamon simple syrup.
- A trick for purchasing the perfect ice for cocktails. Don't worry, it's cheap!
- An elegant, but simple, way to garnish this tropical drink.
For other bartender tips and tricks, check out my Liquor 101 series on YouTube.
To make our tropical paradise cocktail, you'll need the following ingredients:
- Light rum: There are many types of rum, but light rum tastes the best in this cocktail.
- Peanut butter whiskey: There are many brands available such as Bird Dog, Skatterbrain, Hard Truth, Sqrrl, and Sheep Dog, but I especially love Skrewball.
- Cinnamon simple syrup: I love the little bit of spice that comes from the cinnamon in the simple syrup. I also have a recipe to make a homemade version in the recipe notes below.
- Cream of coconut: This ingredient not only adds coconut flavor to the drink but also a rich, creamy texture. It makes this drink taste similar to a pina colada.
- Pineapple juice: Pineapple juice is a fresh, bright flavor profile to contrast with the heavy, rich peanut butter.
- Aromatic bitters: In my opinion, almost all cocktails taste better with a few dashes of bitters. It helps round out the flavor, especially for slightly sweeter cocktails.
- Pebble Ice: I love the way this drink looks with pebble ice. If you don't have fancy ice like this in your home kitchen, don't worry! Sonic sells a whole bag of pebble ice for around $3.00. This is a game changer when it comes to beautiful cocktail ice.
- Ground Cinnamon/Pineapple Fronds: We will use both of these items for garnish. It's the perfect touch to finish off the cocktail.
How To Make This Recipe
1. Add peanut butter whiskey, rum, cinnamon simple syrup, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and aromatic bitters to a Boston shaker with ice.
Once everything is in the shaker, shake the cocktail vigorously until the drink is chilled.
2. Strain the drink with a Hawthorne strainer into a chilled highball glass over pebble ice. This cocktail is really easy to make!
3. Finally, it's time to garnish the cocktail. Add a shake of cinnamon, some pineapple fronds, and then a slice of pineapple.
- Want an extra cold cocktail? Place the highball serving glasses in the freezer for 30 - 45 minutes before mixing up this tropical whiskey drink.
- You can make a cinnamon simple syrup at home. All you'll need is some granulated sugar and cinnamon sticks. The full recipe is written out in the recipe card below.
- It may seem like extra work to garnish the cocktail, but the special presentation makes the cocktail enticing to drink!
No, any brand will work. Feel free to use whatever is available in your area. My personal favorite is Skrewball.
Sure! It will give the tropical whiskey cocktail a different flavor profile, but it will still taste delicious.
First, I would add less cinnamon simple syrup to the cocktail. You could also add a few more dashes of aromatic bitters for balance.
More Skrewball Cocktails
Looking for more drinks to make with Skrewball whiskey? Try some of my other favorite recipes:
Tropical Paradise Peanut Butter Whiskey Cocktail
- Add rum, peanut butter whiskey, cinnamon simple syrup, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and aromatic bitters to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds until chilled.
- Strain into a chilled highball glass over pebble ice.
- Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon, pineapple fronds, and a pineapple slice.