Tortuga – Classic Recipe & History

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American






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Make a Classic Tortuga Cocktail


  • 1/2 oz 15 ml Lime Juice

  • 1 oz 30 ml Lemon Juice

  • 1.5 oz 45 ml Orange Juice

  • 1 tsp 5 ml Grenadine

  • 1 tsp 5 ml Creme de Cacao

  • 1 tsp 5 ml Orange Liqueur

  • 1 oz 30 ml Sweet Vermouth

  • 1 oz 30 ml 151


  • Technique: Tiki Dirty Pour
  • Combine all ingredients into a shaker with crushed ice.
  • Vigorously shake for 10 seconds.
  • Dirty pour the whole shaker into a glass. Crushed ice and all.
  • Garnish:
  • Mint bouquet

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What Does The Tortuga Taste Like?

This is a strangely good cocktail. I had concerns when I first read the ingredients, but they somehow worked. Orange and chocolate are the most prominent flavors of this cocktail, and orange and chocolate go very well together. The sweet vermouth balances out the heavy citrus flavors, and somehow it all comes together to make a delicious cocktail.

The History Of The Tortuga.

The Tortuga first appears in Trader Vic’s original 1947 edition of his bartender’s guide, where it is called a Tortuga Punch in the index and just a Tortuga on the recipe page. The recipe in the 1947 edition is the same as the recipe in the 1972 edition. If you are looking for an unusual tiki cocktail, try making a Tortuga. I taste great, and it perfectly represents the tiki design by blending exotic spices and flavors with hard alcohol and juices.

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