Shark Attack Cocktail

by Erin

This sweet, citrus cocktail will sneak up on you just like a shark attack. Hence the name. Made with lemon, pineapple, maraschino cherries, orange juice, tequila, and rum.

Shark Attack Cocktail 2

Let’s celebrate. Because it’s almost the weekend, the weather has been warm but rainy, and because it’s just fun to celebrate everyday victories. In fact, after work today my lab is going to happy hour and as usual we have been planning and looking forward to it since Monday

. It doesn’t take long for one failed or successful experiment (usually the prior) to promote our yearning for a good happy hour. And it’s a great excuse to check out new restaurants. But if you would prefer to host a happy hour at home, may I suggest this cocktail?

This sweet, citrus, and booze infused beverage will sneak up on you if you are not careful – just like a shark. Definitely a drink to enjoy either from the comfort of your own home, or with a trusty DD.

(And if you were wondering, that is my jalapeno-cilantro hummus in the background.)

Shark Attack Cocktail 1

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Serves 6


1 lemon, sliced

1/2 cup pineapple chunks, plus more for garnish

1/2 cup maraschino cherries, plus more for garnish

1 cup orange juice

1/2 cup pineapple juice

1/2 cup high alcohol content rum (I used Bacardi 151)

1/2 cup tequila

1/2 cup Triple Sec

Splash grenadine or pomegranate juice


  1. In a large pitcher, add the lemon, pineapple, and cherries. Stir in orange juice, pineapple juice, rum, tequila, and triple sec.
  2. Pour into glasses filled with ice cubes. Garnish with a splash of grenadine and top with additional pineapple and cherries.

Source: Adapted slightly from Food Network’s Guy Fieri.

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