How to make a Surfer on Acid cocktail

Surfer on Acid: learn how to mix this summer cocktail drink in three minutes

Surfer On Acid is a classic cocktail - or shot - drink. Know the recipe and impress your surfer friends with your barman skills.

The origin of the Surfer on Acid cocktail drink is not clear.

Still, it is rather obvious that the name has profound similarities and connections with real life, specifically with the crazy LSD decades of the 1960s and 1970s.

According to several trusted sources, the drink was designed in the early 1990s by Eric Tecosky, a bartender from Los Angeles.

One night, a group of youngsters in their 20s asked for a round of Surfer on Acid drinks.

Tecosky, who had never heard of that cocktail, liked the name but decided to scrap the original recipe, which featured Baileys, coconut schnapps, and banana schnapps.

Instead, he created a liqueur-based shot with Malibu rum and pineapple juice. The cocktail became an instant hit and spread across California and the world.

Today, the Surfer on Acid is a very popular and trendy drink that you can easily make at home or even on the beach.

Jägermeister, a German liqueur with a bittersweet flavor made from 56 herbs, is one of its main ingredients.

Jägermeister has been produced since 1878, but its popularity grew exponentially in the United States in the late 1990s as a beer-and-shot combo.

Surfer on Acid: a Jägermeister, Malibu coconut rum, and pineapple juice cocktail created by Los Angeles bartender, Eric Tecosky | Photo: Creative Commons


It's really simple to prepare this three-ingredient cocktail. You don't need to be a professional bartender to serve this refreshing and tasty cocktail.

Here's a simple step-by-step guide and everything you need to make it the classic Surfer on Acid drink.

It only takes three-to-five minutes, and a tropical drink will quickly conquer your friends' admiration on a hot summer day by the sea.

You will need:

  • An ounce (29.5 ml) of Jägermeister;
  • An ounce (29.5 ml) of Malibu coconut rum;
  • An ounce (29.5 ml) of fresh pineapple juice;

Surfer On Acid Cocktail/Shot Recipe

Learn how to make the Surfer on Acid cocktail or shot:

  1. Put ice in a simple cocktail shaker;
  2. Pour all three ingredients into the shaker;
  3. Shake it up well to mix the flavors;
  4. Strain Surfer on Acid into a Collins Glass or shot glass;
  5. Garnish it with orange and cherry;

There are multiple variations in the Surfer on Acid recipe.

Basically, you can adjust the ingredient ratios or different brands of rum in order to get subtle changes. For example, 1/4 oz. Jägermeister, 1/3 oz. coconut rum, and 1/2 oz. pineapple juice.

Or you can just prepare a shot using the same ingredients but only 1/3 of each liquor.

The Surfer on Acid tastes very good, but it still is an alcoholic drink. Enjoy responsibly - don't drink, drive and surf.

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