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Pirate’s Float Cocktail Recipe

The Pirate’s Float is a rather inspired combination of flavors: spiced rum, root beer and cola. The end result is a touch of sweetness with a nice spicy bite.

Pirate's Float drink in tall glass with ice

This is one of those drinks that’s always a hit at parties because it’s simple and delicious. It’s not the kind of drink that takes some getting used to, or that you have to like a specific ingredient in order to enjoy it.

It’s just the flavors of root beer and cola with some sweetness and spice. Most everyone loves it.

When you’re serving it at a party, you can actually make a big batch in a pitcher of the spiced rum and root beer schnapps in advance. Then you just pour three ounces of that mixture over ice, stir a little, and top it off with the Coca-Cola, and you’re done.

You don’t have to be super careful about the measurements, either. If you’re off by a little bit, it’s still going to taste delicious.

Overhead view of Pirate's Float drink in tall glass with ice

You can definitely use Diet Coke or Coke Zero in this one. There’s enough sweetness in the drink that it’s going to taste very good either way.

And that makes it even better for parties. If you’ve got guests who are watching their sugar or their calories, you can give them the diet version and serve others the sugary version – whatever people prefer.

If you enjoy this drink, take a look at the Jersey Girl, which features vanilla vodka and A&W Cream Soda. Also check out the Naughty Gnome, which blends Captain Morgan dark rum with Vernor’s spicy ginger ale.

Pirate’s Float Drink Recipe

The Pirate's Float drink recipe blends spiced rum, root beer schnapps and cola. It’s sweet, but with a nice spicy bite. This cocktail is always a big hit at parties.
Yield: 1 drink

Pirate’s Float Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

The Pirate's Float cocktail recipe blends Captain Morgan's spiced rum with root beer schnapps and Coca-Cola. The end result is an amazing, rich, bubbly drink that's hard to put down.


  • 1 1/2 ounces Captain Morgan's spiced rum
  • 1 1/2 ounces root beer schnapps
  • Coca-Cola


  1. Fill a tall glass with ice and pour in the rum and schnapps.
  2. Stir until chilled, and then add the cola to taste.

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