Surfer on Acid Swizzle Recipe

Surfer on Acid Swizzle Recipe

[Photographs: JL Studios]

The Surfer on Acid is most often consumed in shot form. This upgraded variation is a long drink, made extra-refreshing with coconut water. Use fresh coconut water if you can find young green coconuts!

  • Yield:makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:4 hours


  • For the Pineapple Syrup:
  • 6 (1-inch) chunks fresh ripe pineapple (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • For the Cocktail:
  • 2 ounces blanco tequila, such as Pueblo Viejo
  • 2 ounces coconut water
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, from about 2 limes
  • 1/2 ounce pineapple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce Green Chartreuse
  • Garnish: lime wheel


  1. 1.

    For the Pineapple Syrup: Combine pineapple chunks, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Stir to combine and let simmer until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Cover and allow to infuse in the refrigerator at least 5 hours or overnight. Strain syrup through a fine mesh strainer and discard solids. Syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

  2. 2.

    For the Cocktail: In a tall glass filled with crushed ice combine tequila, coconut water, lime juice, and pineapple syrup. Swizzle together with a swizzle stick by rotating it between your hands as if you were rubbing your hands to get warm. (If you don't have a swizzle stick, stir with a barspoon.) Float Green Chartreuse on top, garnish with lime wheel, and serve.