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Tropical Dream Drink Recipe

Looking for an instant vacation? Try this easy-to-make 3 ingredient tropical dream drink recipe. This tropical drink will have you feeling like your on a tropical vacation in no time!

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Last month, my husband and I went on an 8-day Southern Caribbean cruise. During our stops we spent a day in Curacao. By far my favorite island we visited while on that cruise. The people were friendly and the beaches were beautiful. The water… sigh… the water was crystal clear.

While in Curacao we we decided to go snorkeling verse our normal scuba diving. Our cruise ship arrived later in the afternoon to the port and didn’t give us enough time to dive. With recommendations from a friend we took a taxi to a local beach and brought our own snorkles. We saw a dive shop and asked the dive master about snorkeling conditions around the beach. He told us to swim outside the channel and we would instantly swim into a fish tank. So we took his advice and swam out past the channel.

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Seriously, he was not lieing. It was the most amazing snorkeling we’ve ever done. Heck just as good as some or most of the dives we’ve been on. The water was sparkling clear. We were 20-30 feet in water and could see perfectly down to the bottom. Schools of angel fish swam passed us and sea urchins galore on the rocks. After our amazing snorkel we spent an hour on the beach and then headed back into town where we met up with fellow cruise mates to have dinner and drinks. While at a local restaurant we ordered a drink very similar to this Tropical Dream drink recipe I’m sharing today.

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Curacao is known for the Blue Curacao liquor. We did not pick up any on our trip, because my parents had just visited a few months prior and bought us a huge bottle! As soon as we got home we opened it up and started experimenting on making delicious tropical drink recipes. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve made this drink since returning from vacation. It’s pretty much a Friday ritual for us. It makes us feel like we our drinking our summer vacation in a glass!

Katie Original Recipe

Tropical Dream Drink Recipe

Total Time: 2 minutes

Yield: 1

8 oz.

Tropical Dream Drink Recipe


  • 2 oz. Malibu Rum
  • 1 oz. Blue Curacao
  • 5 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • Maraschino cherries for garnish


  1. Fill an 10 oz glass with ice. Then pour in Malibu, Blue Curacao and top with pineapple juice. (*we found that 5 oz. worked best but you can add more or less to your desire). Stir and garnish with a few maraschino cherries.


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21 Responses to “Tropical Dream Drink Recipe”

  1. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen posted on August 30, 2013 at 9:05 am (#)

    What a fun cocktail…I’ll take summer in a glass! Thanks for sharing about your trip, Katie. And, have a fabulous Labor Day holiday weekend! Pinning!

    • Katie replied on September 3rd, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks Stacy! I want summer in a glass all year round!

  2. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig posted on August 30, 2013 at 11:40 am (#)

    Just looking at this made me feel like I was on a cruise before I even read this was inspired from a cruise!! I haven’t been to that island but what an amazing snorkel.

    • Katie replied on September 3rd, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Cathy–great minds think a like! You need to put Curacao on your list of islands to visit followed by Isla Roatan, Honduras and Barbados!

  3. Karly posted on August 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm (#)

    I’m so sad that I have no beachy vacation plans right now that I’m going to drink about 13 of these for lunch. Homeschooling the kids this afternoon is going to be awesome!

    • Katie replied on September 3rd, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      hahah Karly. 13 of these sound like a good plan.

  4. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel posted on August 30, 2013 at 1:31 pm (#)

    I’m kind of (okay totally) jealous of your vacation! It sounds magical. Except I’m totally scared to go on a cruise after all of the crazy issues lately.

    • Katie replied on September 3rd, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      Rachel–don’t be scared. I’ve been cruising since 1999 and love it–I’ve been on tons of them. Like Ali pointed out I’m the cruise queen. Stuff can go wrong anywhere… you just have to hope it doesn’t happen to you! πŸ™‚

  5. Ali | Gimme Some Oven posted on August 30, 2013 at 7:40 pm (#)

    You are the queen of cruises! πŸ™‚ Sounds like so much fun!

    And this drink definitely looks dreamy!

    • Katie replied on September 3rd, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      hahah Ali, that I definitely am and can’t deny it! We are actually going on one more cruise this year!

  6. addie | culicurious posted on August 31, 2013 at 8:35 am (#)

    My sister will love this drink. Right up her alley! πŸ™‚

    • Katie replied on September 3rd, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks Addie!

  7. laurasmess posted on September 3, 2013 at 10:48 am (#)

    Just reading the words ‘tropical dream drink’ were enough to sell this recipe to me! Yum! So glad that you guys had a beautiful trip away. This is my first trip to your gorgeous blog and I can’t wait to read more of your archives. Beautiful xx

    • Katie replied on September 3rd, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      Thanks Laura! Yes, I want one of these now to feel like I’m back on vacation!

  8. Nutmeg Nanny posted on September 9, 2013 at 11:51 pm (#)

    Oh how yummy πŸ™‚ and so pretty too!

  9. vicki posted on January 30, 2015 at 10:36 pm (#)

    This has been my favorite drink and now we are going on this same cruise as you. Can’t wait to see the birth home of one of my fav drinks! We were unsure what else therewas to do on Curaceo.
    Doyou recall what beach you snorekeled at?


    • Katie replied on March 31st, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      You will love it! Vicki–I wish I remembered I just remember that we took a taxi to it from the cruise ship and it was fairly inexpensive. We brought our own snorkel gear, swimmer around the channel rocks and had some of the best snorkeling ever!!! Afterwards we went to dinner on the water since our boat was in port until 11pm. We will definitely visit Curaco again once my son gets a little older. We loved it!

  10. Kelly posted on March 30, 2018 at 11:34 pm (#)

    Sounds delicious. Would this work as a shooter for a wedding reception?

    • Katie replied on April 4th, 2018 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks Kelly! I don’t see why not. You would just have to tweak the amounts to make it into the form of a shot!


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