Cool though it would be, Crockett and Tubbs were not the inspiration for the Miami Vice cocktail. The tropical drink—part Strawberry Daiquiri, part Piña Colada, separated in the glass—precedes the popular ’80s television drama by some years. Still, the cocktail evokes serious Miami vibes, from the name to the presentation.
Since its inception, the Miami Vice has typically been found in two places: nightclubs and beach bars. Even as the sweet, frozen drink heyday of the ’80s and ’90s has waned, tropical drinks continue to dominate beaches and resort hotels for good reason—they’re fun, delicious reminders that you’re on vacation.
To make the Miami Vice, you need to make two separate cocktails. The Strawberry Daiquiri calls for rum, lime juice, simple syrup and fresh strawberries. All that is blended with crushed ice until smooth. Then, you make a Piña Colada, which consists of rum, pineapple juice and cream of coconut. That, too, gets mixed with crushed ice and blended until smooth.
Now that you have two drinks at your disposal, you, of course, combine them. Whichever order you choose will taste great, but the typical presentation involves red at the bottom and white up top, so you pour the Strawberry Daiquiri into the glass first, followed by the Piña Colada. The layered effect creates a striking visual and gives the drinker a choose-your-own-adventure situation. Sip from the bottom, and you’ll taste mostly Daiquiri. Sip from the top, and it’s all coconut-y. Mix them together, and enjoy the synergistic blend created by two of the world’s most popular tropical cocktails. There are no wrong answers here.
That said, you may feel tempted to set the blender blades spinning with ready-made mixes. Resist that urge. If you stick to fresh fruits, freshly squeezed juice and good rum, your Miami Vice will be a runaway hit, both in taste and appearance. Yes, just like the television show famous for its white jackets, V-necks and loafers.
- 2 ounces rum, divided
- 1 cup strawberries, chopped with stems removed
- 1 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounces cream of coconut
- 2 ounces pineapple juice
- Garnish: pineapple slice
In a blender, add 1 oz rum, the strawberries, the lime juice, the simple syrup and 1 cup crushed ice and blend until smooth.
Pour into a hurricane glass and set in the freezer.
Wash and dry the blender thoroughly.
In the clean blender, add the remaining 1 oz rum, the cream of coconut, the pineapple juice and 1 cup crushed ice and blend until smooth.
Pour into the hurricane glass that already contains the Strawberry Daiquiri, creating a layered effect.
Garnish with a pineapple slice.