Taste the Rainbow

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The new viral sensation the Rainbow Paradise cocktail is a great example of a layered cocktail. Some classic layered cocktails you may know include the New York Sour, the Dark and Stormy, and the Tequila Sunrise!

To make stunning layered cocktails all you need is a little bit of science. Every liquid that goes into cocktails has a specific density - the higher the density, the heavier the liquid. To build any layered drink, just start with the heaviest liquid at the bottom and work your way up with lighter ones! This works for drinks with only two layers like the New York Sour, which is classic whiskey sour with a top layer of red wine, up to the famous many-hued, six-layered Pousse Cafe.

If you want to make your own layered creations all you need is a density chart (bartenderly.com has a great one) and a bar spoon. Pour slowly to make crisp, clear layers - this is where the bar spoon comes in handy, pouring gently over the back of the bar spoon will slow the pour and help create perfect layers. Using these tools you can make any kind of layered drink your heart desires! To make an eye-catching drink, consider choosing layers with bright, contrasting colors, but making sure they taste good together is important as well.

Give it a try and make sure to reach out and share your favorite layered cocktail creations!

Rainbow Paradise

Layer 1
1 oz. grenadine
1 oz. crushed ice

Layer 2
2 oz. white rum (such as locally-made Owney’s)
3 oz. pineapple juice

Layer 3
0.5 oz. Blue Curacao
1 oz. water


Mix each layer, then add in the following order:
In a tall glass (such as a Collins or hurricane glass) pour the grenadine first then add the crushed ice
Slowly pour Layer 2 over the ice
Very slowly pour Layer 3 on top
Garnish with an orange slice or pineapple wedge and enjoy!

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