Pearl Harbor: An Easy Vodka Drink With Pineapple and Melon

Pearl Harbor Cocktail Recipe

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
283 Calories
0g Fat
28g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 283
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 1g
Calcium 15mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The Pearl Harbor is an easy cocktail to mix up. Named after the naval base on Oahu, it has been a popular drink on the Hawaiian islands since at least the 1980s. 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 can have a green glow. The color is determined by the pineapple juice, so it's not the greenest of cocktails unless you pour more melon liqueur and less pineapple. 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.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Pour the vodka and melon liqueur into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.

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  3. Fill with pineapple juice.

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  4. Garnish with the lemon, pineapple chunk, and maraschino cherries on a cocktail skewer.

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  5. Serve and enjoy.

    Pearl Harbor Cocktail Recipe
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More Tips for Making a Great Pearl Harbor Drink

Stir the cocktail if you like. 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 in 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.

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 percent 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 madras.