Summer is up next and we all are waiting for it. The season of parties, beaches, clubs, and booze. Nothing is better than having a smooth and delicious tropical cocktail to get your booze on. One of these amazing tropical drinks is the Barbados Sunrise cocktail. The most underrated yet delicious drink to try. It is a layered drink so you need to be careful when you make this drink but once you get a hang of it, you realize how simple it is. 

The “sunrise drinks” will always be one of the best summer drinks and Barbados sunrise is the best sunrise drink you’ll ever try. They are the epitome of perfection, undoubtedly! So, wanna know the amazing Barbados sunrise cocktail recipe? 

Well, continue reading the article to know all about it! 

About Barbados Sunrise Cocktail 

Cocktails are the best summer drinks no doubt! It is made with the best ingredients White rum, Blue Curacao, Orange juice, and Grenadine. How much tropical can a drink be? With the yummiest flavor of grenadine and the fruitiness of blue Curacao and orange juice with some boozy sweetness of white rum. What else can be better than this drink? 

Barbados Sunrise Cocktail
Barbados Sunrise Cocktail

The Barbados sunrise cocktail is typically for March 4th. Well, You may ask why? It is when the Italian composer and violinist Antonio Vivaldi was born in 1678. The iconic composer and violinist are best known for his violin concertos which are a series of four seasons. With each season of his iconic series each layer of Barbados, the sunrise cocktail is mixed. The layering is the special thing about this drink. 

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What is in this Drink? 

This tropical drink is all about blended flavors and booze. The layering of this drink is what makes this drink flavourful and delicious. This tropical drink requires some of the best ingredients to use in a cocktail and we can’t argue on that! Wondering what is in this drink? Well, here’s all about them: 

  • Blue Curacao 

Blue Curacao which is pronounced as blue “cure-ah-sow” is an orange liqueur that is popularly known to be used to make delicious cocktails and party shooters. The striking blue color is made from the dye which is the most beautiful part of this drink. Not only the hue but the taste of this liqueur is something that shouldn’t be ignored. 

This liqueur gives citrusy flavors to the drink which is the most significant feature of this liqueur. It gives a refreshing flavor and looks to the cocktails which makes it one of the best liqueurs to add to your summer cocktails. 

  • Rum 

Rum is made with sugarcane syrup and then distilled into alcohol. It becomes an 80-proof or higher alcohol so it’s pretty strong and an amazing ingredient for making cocktails. The sweet and subtle flavors in this drink make it one of the best alcoholic beverages to try. It doesn’t matter if you drink it neat to mix it with a certain mixer, rum is the best when you want to get tipsy. You can enjoy a variety of rum cocktails if you are a party person. 

The good thing about the Barbados sunrise cocktail is that it is one of the rum cocktails. So, if you are new to rum, this cocktail is a must-try! 

Wanna taste a rum cocktail? Try Daiquiri Mulata. 

  • Grenadine 

Grenadine is used in tropical and fruity cocktails like the Barbados sunrise cocktail. It gives a boost of extra sweetness and vibrant colors. It was originally made with pomegranate which is how it got its name. Pomegranate juice, sugar, and lemon juice are the three ingredients used to make grenadine. You can even make grenadine syrup at home. It gives all the sweetness required in cocktails and mocktails.

The manufactured grenadine is usually made with fructose corn syrup, citric acid, and coloring. So, it means that the store-bought grenadine syrup is going to be sweeter than a homemade grenadine syrup. 

How to make a Barbados sunrise cocktail? 

Wanna try a tropical drink that is layered in different flavors? Barbados drink is the one to try when you are under the scorching sun and need something to get over that heat. The Barbados sunrise cocktail is made by making layers one by one, so make sure you are careful with the layering and slowly pour the ingredients to make the layers. 

barbados sunrise
Barbados Sunrise Cocktail

Wanna try the Barbados sunrise cocktail recipe? Well, here it is! 


  • ¾ ounce Bacardi Rum
  • 1 ounce Blue Curacao
  • ½ ounce Grenadine
  • 1 cup Orange juice
  • A collins glass
  • An orange slice and cherry for garnishing
  • Ice cubes

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How to prepare it

  • In a regular glass, mix Bacardi Rum and Blue Curacao and set aside.
  • in the collins glass filled with ice cubes, pour grenadine syrup to make the first layer.
  • Add orange juice to the syrup to make another layer.
  • And finally, add the mixture of Bacardi Rum and Blue Curacao at the top, giving the drink its last layer.
  • Garnish the drink with an orange slice and cherry on the top.
  • Serve and enjoy the drink!

This is how you can make a Barbados sunrise cocktail by yourself. Do not forget to try this on your summer house parties. 

Similar Drinks To Try! 

Liked the taste and flavor of Barbados sunrise cocktail? Wanna try something similar? Well, there are a couple of alternatives to this drink if you don’t like rum or if you want to try some other summer drinks. Here are a few other recipes:

barbados sunrise
Barbados Sunrise Cocktail

1. Tequila Sunrise 

As the name suggests, this drink is made with tequila and other delicious ingredients. Here’s the recipe: 


  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 4 ounces of orange juice
  • ¼ ounce grenadine
  • Cherry and orange for garnishing
  • Highball glass
  • Ice cubes

How to prepare it: 

  • Add tequila and then orange juice to the highball glass filled with ice.
  • Pour grenadine on top of it
  • Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.
  • Serve and enjoy!

2. Vodka Sunrise 

Just like the screwdriver, this is another amazing vodka cocktail to try. Here’s the recipe: 


  • 1 ½ ounce Vodka
  • 5 ounces of orange juice
  • Grenadine syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • A pineapple slice for garnishing
  • A highball glass

How to prepare it: 

  • Combine Vodka, orange juice, and grenadine syrup one by one in a highball glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish the drink with the pineapple slice.

This was all about Barbados sunrise cocktails and similar drinks to try. Make sure you drink moderately and safely. 

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