The Pearl Harbor is an easy cocktail to mix up. It is a delightful combination of tropical fruits and when you are in the mood for a great vodka cocktail, this is a perfect choice.
Beyond the tasty melon-pineapple flavor and the ease of making it, the Pearl Harbor is also green. There is something magical and appealing about green cocktails that draw us in. They seem exotic and have a particular flair that other drinks simply do not have.
Combine all of these elements and it is no wonder that this drink has remained popular for so many years. Now it's your chance to get a taste!
- Pour the vodka and melon liqueur into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
- Fill with pineapple juice.
- Garnish with a maraschino cherry and pineapple chunk on a cocktail skewer.
More Tips for Making a Great Pearl Harbor Drink
Personally, I've always enjoyed the effect of not stirring the Pearl Harbor. When the liquors are topped with pineapple juice you can get a soft layered effect. The drink tastes a little better when mixed, however, so serve it to guests with a straw and allow them to mix it after enjoying the visual effect.
The Vodka. There really is no need to pour your absolute best vodka into a Pearl Harbor. If you choose wisely, there are some great budget-friendly vodkas available and you can save the really good stuff for your fancier martinis.
Some people suggest mixing the Pearl Harbor with pineapple vodka. It does make a good drink, but that can be too much pineapple. If you want to play with a flavored vodka, try something that isn't an exact match to the drink's flavors. A light berry flavor would be good and cucumber vodka makes a very interesting base against the tropical fruits.
The Melon Liqueur. Midori is, by far, the most popular melon liqueur on today's market and it is a perfect choice for the Pearl Harbor. Bols Melon is another great option that you might try as well.
No matter which melon liqueur you choose, make sure it is green or you will lose the cool effect.
The Pineapple Juice. As always, it's highly recommended that you use fresh pineapple juice. In reality, that is not possible for everyone because pineapple is one of those fruits that require an electric juicer to get a good yield of juice.
Instead of fresh juice, buy pineapple juice in the smallest quantity possible. Pineapple juice is almost always sold in cans that are not resealable and it doesn't store well.
Most stores sell six- to eight-ounce cans in packs of six or more. Unless you are going to use a lot of pineapple juice at one time, this simple choice will make sure that your drinks are fresh and you are not wasting juice.
How Strong is the Pearl Harbor?
Let's assume that we fill our glass with 4 ounces of pineapple juice. In this case, the Pearl Harbor is a relatively light drink, weighing in at just around 15% ABV (30 proof).
Of course, if we were to pour a little less juice, it would be stronger: add a little more and the drink will be lighter. Either way, this drink is not much stronger than similar drinks like the Sex on the Beach.