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Royal Hawaiian cocktail (also known as Princess Kaiulani Cocktail)
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Royal Hawaiian Cocktail (aka Princess Kaiulani cocktail)

The Royal Hawaiian cocktail is a delicious summer sipper full of exotic pineapple flavour with undertones of marzipan. Also known as the Princess Kaiulani cocktail, this gin and orgeat based cocktail pairs well with a little maraschino liqueur to lift the flavour profile further.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Alcoholic Drink, Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 170kcal


The Classic Royal Hawaiian

  • 45 ml Gin 1 ½ fl oz
  • 15 ml Orgeat syrup ½ fl oz
  • 30 ml Pineapple juice 1 fl oz
  • 15 ml Lemon juice ½ fl oz

The Royal Hawaiian with Maraschino

  • 45 ml Gin 1 ½ fl oz
  • 10 ml Maraschino liqueur 2 tsp
  • 10 ml Orgeat syrup 2 tsp
  • 20 ml Pineapple juice 4 tsp
  • 10 ml Lemon juice 2 tsp

Garnishes - any of the following

  • Oven-dried pineapple flowers
  • Fresh pineapple
  • Pineapple leaves
  • Maraschino cherries


For Either cocktail

  • Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes
  • Pour in the alcohol, pineapple juice, lemon juice and orgeat syrup
  • Secure the shaker lid and shake hard for 30 seconds until the drink feels well chilled
  • Strain into a serving glass and decorate with garnishes of choice
  • Serve immediately


Adjusting the Sweetness in the Classic Royal Hawaiian
If you are into sweet drinks, consider adding a little more orgeat to the recipe. You could get away with another 5ml without ruining this drink.
Likewise, if you prefer drinks with a toned down sweetness, begin with 10ml of orgeat, then shake the cocktail up and taste it. Add a little more syrup if desired and shake again before pouring. 
Note: the recipe for the Royal Hawaiian with Maraschino uses less orgeat to begin with. It is slightly less sweet than the classic drink, and to be honest, adding any less than 10ml of orgeat will make the almond flavour too weak.
Nutritional calculations were based on the Royal Hawaiian with Maraschino


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin C: 6mg | Iron: 1mg