How to Make a Cuban Breeze

This pineapple drink looks like sunshine in a glass. Here's how to make a delicious, tropical Cuban breeze.

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I have one of the best movies of the year to thank for my new favorite drink: the tropical Cuban breeze.

In Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, billionaire tech mogul Miles Bron gathers his friends and renowned detective Benoit Blanc on his personal island for a murder mystery game that turns deadly real. At dinner Miles honors his old friends, who call themselves the “Disruptors,” with signature drinks. Most are fairly no-nonsense: white wine for politician Claire, Lagavulin 16 scotch for scientist Lionel and a whiskey soda for CEO Andi.

There is, however, one exciting and flirty drink that belongs to scandal-plagued fashion icon Birdie Jay: a Cuban breeze.

What Is a Cuban Breeze?

Served in a tall glass adorned with Birdie’s name and a jewel-toned parrot, she and Miles joke that the cocktail “got us on the no-fly list at St. Barts.” I had never heard of a Cuban breeze before this movie, but as Blanc might say, I found it quite “compelling.”

The easy-to-make Cuban breeze is a blend of vodka, amaretto liqueur and pineapple juice. Although some versions include lime or other fruit juices, I think my version with only pineapple juice tastes best. It has just the right amount of almond flavor, an unexpectedly delicious pairing with pineapple.

A Cuban breeze is a refreshing change from more common island-inspired tiki drinks. It’s perfect for poolside or anytime you want a sweet and sunny cocktail.

Is This Really a Cuban Drink?

I couldn’t find much history behind this drink, no closely-guarded recipe or bartender to credit with its creation. So I can’t be sure that this is truly an authentic Cuban drink. However, plenty of pineapples are grown in Cuba and it’s a favorite ingredient in the country’s cuisine, so this is likely why someone decided that this drink has a Cuban vibe.

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How to Make a Cuban Breeze Cocktail

This recipe makes one drink. Use a curvy hurricane glass; if you don’t have one, use a tulip glass or a Collins glass instead.

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 1-1/2 ounces amaretto liqueur, like Disaronno
  • 1 ounce vodka, chilled
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice, chilled
  • Garnish: maraschino cherries and fresh pineapple chunks threaded onto cocktail picks

Tools for Your Home Bar

  • Hurricane Glass: Tropical drinks look gorgeous in these tall glasses with short stems.
  • Jigger: Every home bar needs one. It’s stylish and makes it easy to measure cocktail ingredients.
  • Silicone Ice Molds: Make large spheres or cubes that look great in drinks and are slow to melt.

Directions

Cuban Breeze Cocktail with bottles of alcohol and a pineappleNancy Mock for Taste of Home

Step 1: Mix amaretto and vodka over ice

Add ice cubes to a hurricane glass or other cocktail glass. Pour in the amaretto and vodka.

Step 2: Add pineapple juice

Pour the chilled pineapple juice into the glass, and give it a stir. Add a cocktail pick with maraschino cherries and pineapple to the glass and serve immediately.

What to Serve with a Cuban Breeze

A sweet and fruity drink like this one pairs well with spicy, salty foods like chips and salsa or nachos. Seafood is also nice alongside the citrusy cocktail: try skewers of grilled shrimp, fish tacos or a fresh ceviche.

Nancy Mock
Nancy has shared her home cooking and baked goods with loved ones her entire life. Taking inspiration from her northeastern roots and Irish heritage, she shares her comfort food recipes on her site Hungry Enough to Eat Six. An expert in New England cuisine, Nancy enjoys delving into food history, viral recipes and regional dishes. Since becoming a Taste of Home contributor, she’s written about Fluffernutter sandwiches (a New England classic), re-created vintage Betty Crocker recipes, shared how to make “marry me chicken” and much more. When she’s not whipping up developing new recipes or testing cooking techniques, she loves finding vintage cookbooks from the last century to add to her growing collection.