In Good Spirits


The Miami Vice

By Cheré Coen. Photography courtesy of

Who can forget Jan Hammer’s synthesized instrumental music as viewers were rushed across the Atlantic on to the streets of Miami in the opener to the hit TV show “Miami Vice?” The show was so popular the theme song hit the top of the 1985 Billboard charts, men adopted fashion worn by “Miami Vice” stars Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas — which “The Wedding Singer” with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore used as a parody — and Miami locations used in the show resulted in a tourist boom.
The American TV crime series also birthed a cocktail, one that brings up images of semi-tropical Florida beaches and warm weather breezes.
Now that we’re heading into the steamy months of Deep South summer, the Miami Vice is a cool cocktail to imbibe. The rum cocktail simply mixes pina colada mix with strawberry daiquiri mix and alternates both for a red and white display, either horizontally or vertically. The cocktail may be garnished with fresh fruit such as strawberries or pineapple slices.
“If you are looking for a refreshing summer cocktail, the Miami Vice will not disappoint,” said Libby Sudduth, general manager of The Blind Tiger bar and grill in Bay St. Louis. “This frozen cocktail is a wildly popular summertime drink. While the taste is light and fruity, it still packs quite a punch. The Miami Vice is the perfect island or ‘boat drink’ for locals and tourists alike.”
Variations of the Miami Vice cocktail include adding blue Curacao, coconut rum, banana liquor or an extra shot of Bacardi 151 rum, said Sudduth, any of which will give the drink a unique flavor combination.

The Blind Tiger, with an additional location now in Biloxi and one coming soon to Slidell, Louisiana, serves up plenty of Miami Vice cocktails, Sudduth said. It and the Bushwacker are two of the summer’s most popular drinks. Be sure and sample some of the Tiger’s fish tacos, boiled Royal Reds shrimp and other seafood entrees fresh from Gulf waters, in addition to their hamburgers and sandwiches.

The Blind Tiger’s Miami Vice
5 ounces Bacardi 151 rum
Frozen Pina Colada Mix
Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Mix

Combine pina colada mix with 2.5 ounces of Bacardi 151 rum with ice in blender. Blend together and set aside. Combine strawberry daiquiri mix with 2.5 ounces of Bacardi 151 rum with ice in blender. Blend together and set aside. Pour the frozen pina colada mix into a cocktail glass. Add the strawberry daiquiri mix on top, keeping it separated from the pina colada mix.
Garnish with fresh pineapple. Serve and enjoy.

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