Said to be invented circa 1970 by Munich-based mixologist Karl Georg Schumann, the Swimming Pool cocktail is a German classic, mixing flavors of pineapple, coconut, rum, and vodka with a dreamy turquoise blue color. It's super delicious and not too sweet! Also try my Schlammbowle summertime cocktail while you're here!
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What's A Swimming Pool Cocktail
The Swimming Pool is an iconic German-invented cocktail from the 1970s and you can still find it throughout bars in Germany today. Traditionally served over crushed ice, it combines plenty of pineapple juice with coconut flavors and equal parts of rum and vodka. Blue Curaçao makes for the swimming pool-inspired colorful finish and adds a citrus note! To me, it tastes like a really good piña colada and I love that this drink has just a little sweetness from the sweetened condensed milk and curaçao. So make this stunning cocktail now! Read the recipe notes below if wanting to prepare a batch to take to the pool. I don't know if there is a more fitting location to drink one of these!
- Vodka. You'll use equal parts vodka and rum in this drink. I love the super clean Koskenkorva vodka made in Finland.
- Rum. The addition of rum adds a nice warmth to this cocktail. Small batch rum is the best and I love the Mezan rum varieties for tropical drinks.
- Coconut milk. Use the canned, full-fat stuff. It makes this cocktail creamy as there is no actual cream used in this drink.
- Sweetened condensed milk. Not doing dairy? Buy coconut sweetened condensed milk instead.
- Pineapple juice. 1 little can of pineapple juice is enough for 2 cocktails.
- Blue curaçao. I am not usually a big fan of food coloring, but in this case, it's what makes the cocktail! Curaçao is a Caribean liqueur made from the dried peel of the Laranha citrus fruit and helps balance this drink beautifully.
- Crushed Ice. Just have regular ice cubes at home? Add them to a freezer bag and crush them with a meat flattener or a mallet.
- Shredded coconut. This one is optional, but I used it for the rim of the glass.
- Fresh pineapple. I love to use it as a garnish.
- Maraschino cherries. Add this to your cocktail skewer as well.
Cocktail Shaker. It helps combine all the ingredients and makes the cocktail just a little creamier.
Jigger. For easy measuring of the ingredients.
Stirrer. Comes in handy when making a batch for the pool.
Cocktail Picks. These are so pretty and perfect for holding the garnish.
Cocktail Glass. I love using a pretty old fashioned glass for this drink.
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Swimming Pool Cocktail (A German Summertime Classic)
- Cocktail Shaker
- Cocktail Picks
- 3 cl vodka
- 3 cl rum
- 2 cl coconut milk the canned, thick kind, plus a bit more for the rim
- 2 cl sweetened, condensed milk
- 6 cl pineapple juice
- 3 cl blue curaçao
- shredded, unsweetened coconut for the rim
- 1 wedge fresh pineapple for garnish
- 1 maraschino cherry for garnish
- Prepare the cocktail rim by dipping into the coconut milk and then the shredded unsweetened coconut. Fill your glass with crushed ice.shredded, unsweetened coconut, 2 cl coconut milk
- Prepare your garnish by cutting little wedges of pineapple and add to a cocktail skewer with a maraschino cherry.1 wedge fresh pineapple, 1 maraschino cherry
- Stir together vodka, rum, sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk and pineapple juice.3 cl vodka, 3 cl rum, 2 cl coconut milk, 2 cl sweetened, condensed milk, 6 cl pineapple juice
- Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker, then strain over the fresh ice in your glass.
- Add the blue curacao directly into the glass to create the swimming pool effect. No need to stir.3 cl blue curaçao
- Garnish and serve immediately. Prost!
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