How to Make a Pearl Harbor Cocktail

By LeafTV Editor

The Pearl Harbor cocktail is one of the easiest drinks to make. This fruity and tropical tasting drink is sure to wow your friends and have them begging for the recipe. No one is quite sure where the name came from, though some believe it may have been created near Pearl Harbor. Others believe the name describes the exotic location of Pearl Harbor. In either account the drink is delicious and easy to make and serve at parties.

Pearl Harbor made with fresh pineapple juice
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How To Make A Pearl Harbor Cocktail


Fill your shot glass half full with the melon flavored liqueur, approximately one-half of an ounce and add it to a glass filled with ice. The alcohol will settle in the middle of the glass, but don't worry because you'll be stirring it later.

Add one shot of (one ounce) of the alcohol. This will likely settle in the middle or sides of the glass as well.

Pour the pineapple juice over the alcohol until it fills the glass. Depending on the size of the glass you use, this will be 4-8 ounces of pineapple juice.

Stir the ingredients vigorously until well combined. The drink should be pale yellow if you've stirred it correctly.

Garnish with a piece of pineapple and one cherry if you like. Some recipes omit the garnish, but most bartenders serve it with a piece or two of fruit.


  • For a more festive look, add cherries and pineapple pieces to your ice cube trays before adding water. One your ice cubes come out, they'll have the fruit inside. This is great for parties and it gives guests something extra to nibble on.

  • Make a Bloody Pearl Harbor by swapping the pineapple juice and melon liqueur for tomato or vegetable juice and coconut rum. Follow the same recipe here using the new ingredients.