Slip into your pastel shirt, roll up your blazer sleeves, and let the stubble show for this Virgin Miami Vice—all the fun of the ’80s classic without the danger of actually driving around with Crockett and Tubbs.
For those too young to know, Miami Vice was a TV show that featured a pair of male cops hired to bring down the drug scene in—you guessed it—Miami. I daresay it was more influential on fashion than on television, as the protagonists (Crockett and Tubbs) were fond of wearing pastel blues and pinks and rolling their blazer sleeves up (probably to get some of that Florida sun on their arms). For undercover detectives, they stood out a ways.
In any case, the show also influenced the cocktail world. Soon, every bar across the country was serving up a Miami Vice—a mix of rum, lime juice, strawberry puree, coconut, and pineapple. While I don’t recommend on-duty cops sipping one of these bad boys, I do recommend it for those on nearby Miami beaches. And you know what? If Crockett and Tubbs couldn’t resist this cocktail, they could always indulge with this Virgin Miami Vice, which delivers all the taste without any of the alcohol, which might hinder your ability to fight crime.
- 6 ounces pineapple juice
- 6 ounces cream of coconut
- splash grenadine syrup (for color) *optional*
- 3/4 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cups ice cubes
- fresh pineapple and strawberry (for garnish) *optional*
- Blend together the pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and 1/2 cup of ice until smooth. Pour into a separate container and set aside. We'll call this the Pina Colada mix.
- Blend the frozen strawberries with 1/2 cup of ice until slushy. This will be the Strawberry Daiquiri mix.
- In your serving glasses, pour the Piña Colada and the Strawberry Daiquiri mixes at the same time from opposite sides of the glass. Garnish with a pineapple chunk and a strawberry wedge.
Tips & Tricks to Making a Perfect Virgin Miami Vice
- If pouring both mixes into the glass simultaneously scares you, you can add the Pina Colada mix first. It’s heaviest so it should go on the bottom. It will also make a layered effect.
- Crush your ice before adding it to the blender. Your blades will thank you.
- Use coconut milk instead of coconut cream If you want a lighter beverage.
- Don’t use pre-made mixes. It tastes synthetic and will undoubtedly contain so many ingredients you don’t need.
- You can sweeten you drink with a homemade simple syrup (1:1 ratio of water and sugar stirred over low heat). Simply add 1/2 tablespoon to your drink.
Similar Cocktails to the Miami Vice
Watermelon Margarita: A refreshing twist on the class Margarita, with pureed watermelon stepping up to add flavor.
Blue Hawaiian: A beautiful blend of Blue Curaçao, pineapple juice, rum, and coconut. Almost as pretty as a Miami Vice!
Mai Tai: Another Hawaiian import, this time with rum, pineapple, and mint.
Strawberry Daiquiri: One half of a Miami Vice.
Pina Colada: The other half.