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Shake up a tropical tiki cocktail using peanut butter whiskey
If you're obsessed with drinking peanut butter whiskey (like Skrewball), then you have to try this tropical paradise cocktail. It's loaded with the flavors of summer including rum, coconut, and pineapple. There's a perfect marry of all the flavors that will make you rethink the possible cocktails you can mix up with peanut butter whiskey. At first sip, you'll experience a sweet, coconut flavor with a peanut butter note at the end. Don't forget to garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and some pineapple fronds.
If you're not a believer that peanut butter whiskey drinks can actually taste good, I hope this drink will sway your opinion! I love the bright and fresh flavors found in tiki-style cocktails, and I wanted to bring a new twist by adding Skrewball.
While I was recipe testing this cocktail, I asked my husband to take a sip and tell me what he thought. I should preface by saying my husband really doesn't drink/like the taste of alcohol, and he absolutely hates peanut butter. He relentlessly tried it anyways.
To my surprise, he actually ended up drinking the whole dang cocktail. I kid you not! So, if you're not convinced peanut butter whiskey has a place in your bar, I think you should try out this cocktail before making up your mind!
What You'll Learn In This Recipe
I've got a few bartender tricks you can learn by making this recipe including:
- How to make homemade, flavored simple syrup.
- A trick for purchasing the perfect ice for your 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.
Recipe Video Tutorial
To make our tropical paradise cocktail, you'll need the following ingredients:
- Light rum: Almost all tropical cocktails need a little rum, right?!
- Peanut butter whiskey: It wouldn't be a peanut butter whiskey cocktail without a little Skrewball. There are other brands available, 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 your own in the recipe notes below.
- Cream of coconut: This ingredient adds not only coconut flavor to the drink, but also a rich, creamy texture.
- Pineapple juice: The pineapple juice is a fresh, bright flavor profile to contrast with the heavy, rich peanut butter.
- Aromatic bitters: In my opinon, 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, no worries! Sonic sells a whole bag of their pebble ice for around $3.00. This is a game changer when it comes to beautiful cocktail ice!
- Ground Cinnamon/Pinapple Fronds: We will use both of these items for garnish. It's the perfect touch to finish off the cocktail.
Tools & Equipment
You'll need a few tools for this topical Skrewball drink, many of which you might already have laying around your bar.
- Boston shaker: This is the shaker that we will assemble the cocktail in.
- Jigger: You'll need something to measure all your ingredients. Make sure you measure everything properly so you get the right proportions for each ingredient.
- Hawthrone strainer: A necessary tool to help strain the drink from the Boston shaker after all the ingredients have been mixed up.
- High ball glass: The presentation of this cocktail is beautiful in a highball glass. I recently purchased a whole set of these glasses becuase I love them so much!
Recipe Frequently Asked Questions
Feel free to use whatever is available in your area. My personal favorite is Skrewball.
Sure! It will give the tropical peanut butter 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.
Tropical Paradise Peanut Butter Whiskey Cocktail
- 1 ½ ounces light rum
- 1 ½ ounces peanut butter whiskey
- 1 ounce cinnamon simple syrup
- 1 ounce cream of coconut
- ½ ounce pineapple juice
- 2 dashes aromatic bitters
- ground cinnamon for garnish
- pineapple fronds for garnish
- Add peanut butter whiskey, rum, cinnamon simple syrup, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and aromatic bitters to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds.
- Strain into a chilled high ball glass over pebble ice.
- Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and pineapple fronds.
Other Recipes You May Enjoy
Check out some delicious shot recipes made with Skrewball peanut butter whiskey: