This Bob Marley drink will transport you to a sunny beach in Montego Bay. It’s filled with tropical fruity flavors, and looks amazing too!
The most eye-catching feature of this drink is the colorful layers of red, yellow, and green. These represent the Rastafari flag, a symbol of the religious and political movement popularized by Bob Marley.
This refreshing rum-based beverage is complete with zesty lime juice and sweet tangy pineapple. Even if you’re on the patio at home, you’ll feel just like you’re on an exotic vacation!
The popularity of this layered drink means that there are quite a few different versions out there. Some recipes use mango juice instead of pineapple, or strawberry daiquiri mix instead of grenadine syrup.
Craving a little relaxation? Try making this fun and unique summer drink to share with friends and guests!
Picking the Best Bob Marley Drink Ingredients
Grenadine is a popular non-alcoholic addition to many bar drinks. It gives beverages a sweet fruit flavor and an attractive deep red color.
Grenadine is made with pomegranate, although many versions use corn syrup with color additives instead. It’s a must-have for colorful drinks like the Singapore Sling and Tequila Sunrise.
In some versions of the Bob Marley Drink, grenadine is substituted for strawberry daiquiri mix.
Curaçao is a sweet liqueur commonly added to tropical drinks to get a citrus flavor. It’s made from bitter orange laraha, which comes from the island of Curaçao—hence the name!
Curaçao generally comes in two different forms, orange Curaçao or blue Curaçao. Blue Curaçao has been dyed blue, and is perfect for showy drinks with lots of colors!
In this layered cocktail recipe, I’m using blue Curacao. It will make that beautiful green color, just like the Rastafari flag!
In some versions of this drink, orange Curaçao is used instead of pineapple juice to create a yellow color. In this case, I recommend adding sweet and sour mix to the drink to replace the tartness of the pineapple.
Whether it’s light rum or spiced rum, there’s nothing that makes a drink feel more tropical than this alcohol.
Rum is distilled from fermented sugar, so it tends to go well in sweet tropical drinks. It’s one of the most popular spirits in tiki drinks, so naturally, it’s featured in this beverage.
Daiquiris, rum punch, and pina coladas are just some of the famous rum-based drinks.
This recipe uses white or light rum, which is the most common in mixed drinks. It’s easy to sip and doesn’t interfere with the other flavors as much as dark or spiced rum.
This tropical fruit is what turns a regular mixed drink into a tropical treat! Sweet, juicy, and just the right amount of tangy, this fruity juice helps brighten up this cocktail!
The yellow color of pineapple juice is also what creates the yellow layer. For a punchier color, you can swap out pineapple juice for mango juice instead.
You can also use orange Curaçao instead of pineapple juice. Just be aware that this will make the drink even sweeter, and take away some of the sour flavors.
Easy Tips for the Best Bob Marley Drink
- Add slices of pineapple, banana, peaches, or chopped mango to the bottom of the drink. This will make the drink even more refreshing, and add contrast and texture!
- Blend this Bob Marley cocktail with ice for a super cold drink on a hot summer day! Simply blend each layer separately, then layer them at the end in the cocktail glass.
- Chill all of the ingredients before mixing this Bob Marley Drink. This ensures that they all blend evenly when you stir them up.
- Instead of cocktails, use this recipe to make a Bob Marley shot! Some bars even serve a flaming Bob Marley shot–although this can be dangerous so it’s not recommended.
Bob Marley Cocktail Recipe
- Prep Time15 min
- Cook Time0 min
- Total Time15 min
- Yield1 drink
- Pour Grenadine
Start by adding the grenadine to the cocktail glass. It will settle on the bottom and create the red portion.
- Blend Yellow Portion
Add ice, pineapple juice, lime juice, and 1/2 oz of white rum to the blender. Blend until ice is crushed and liquids are combined.
- Strain Into Glass
Place the cocktail strainer over the glass. Pour half of the rum and juice mixture through the strainer.
The strainer will prevent the yellow layer from mixing too much with the red grenadine layer. Some mixing is ok and will help dilute the bold grenadine color a bit.
- Mix in Blue Curaçao
Pour the rest of the white rum into the blender with the remaining drink mixture. Add blue Curaçao and more ice.
Blend until smooth and the color turns green.
- Pour Green Layer
Pour the green portion through the strainer, over top of the yellow layer. There should now be three distinct layers: red, yellow, then green!
- Garnish and Serve!
Serve this Bob Marley cocktail with a straw and a slice of pineapple on the side of the glass. You can also add fruit such as pineapple rings or grapefruit slices right inside the Bob Marley cocktail.
The more garnishes the better! Try fresh mango slices or maraschino cherries for extra pops of color!
- 58.7g Carbs