Bob Marley Drink: Layered Cocktail and Shot Recipes 

Published July 11, 2022
Bob Marley cocktail


  • 1 ounce grenadine
  • ½ ounce silver rum
  • 1 ounce coconut rum
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce pineapple rum
  • ¾ ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce blue curaçao
  • Ice
  • Pineapple wedge for garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, grenadine, and silver rum.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass.
  4. In clean cocktail shaker, add ice, coconut rum, and pineapple juice.
  5. Shake to chill.
  6. Strain into highball glass, pouring down the back of a bar spoon to create a second layer.
  7. In clean cocktail shaker, add ice, pineapple rum, pineapple juice, and blue curaçao.
  8. Shake to chill.
  9. Strain into highball glass, pouring down the back of a bar spoon to create a third layer.
  10. Garnish with pineapple wedge.

Variations of the Bob Marley Cocktail

There are plenty of Bob Marley drink recipes floating around, all for a good reason. There's no one way to build a Bob Marley!

  • Instead of a silver rum in the red layer, use a plain or flavored vodka. Steer clear of anything that will change the layer's color, but cherry, raspberry, and lemon all make good flavor options.
  • Stick with the pineapple flavoring and use a pineapple rum, vodka, or tequila in the middle layer. Alternatively, use a coconut vodka or tequila instead of rum.
  • The top layer needs to be a green hue, so try not to use an orange liqueur instead of the blue curaçao. You can use orange juice instead of pineapple juice or equal parts of juices with the blue curaçao.
  • Swap all the rum for tequila or vodka if you prefer those spirits.
  • Serve over crushed ice to create more distinct layers, or add each layer to a blender individually along with a cup of ice to make a frozen version.

Boby Marley Drink Garnishes

Any of the Bob Marley drinks you make won't be complete without a garnish, so give these a try to see which you like best.

  • Pierce three maraschino cherries with a cocktail skewer and balance them on the rim of the glass.
  • Use a citrus garnish, either orange, lemon, or lime. You can opt for a wedge, wheel, or slice.
  • Keep the pineapple garnish and add a pineapple leaf as well.
  • Garnish using the colors of the drink: a cherry, an orange slice, and a mint sprig.

A Look at the Bob Marley Drink

Easily one of the most famous and influential artists, Bob Marley was a Jamaican songwriter and musician that brought reggae into mainstream music. While Marley died an early death, his band, The Wailers, continues to tour and bring love to the masses.

The Bob Marley Shot

The Bob Marley cocktail has a miniature version for when you're feeling inspired to enjoy a colorful concoction but don't necessarily want to sip a cocktail.

Bob Marley shot


  • ½ ounce grenadine
  • ½ ounce yellow banana liqueur
  • ¼ ounce crème de menthe


  1. In a shot glass, add grenadine.
  2. Slowly add banana liqueur by pouring down the back of a bar spoon to create a second layer.
  3. Slowly add crème de menthe by pouring down the back of a bar spoon to create the final layer.

Is This Love That You're Feeling?

Feel the love with the Bob Marley drink- or shot! With this Jamaican musician-inspired cocktail, no one will question just what there is to love. After all, it's nothing short of sunshine and a carefree day in a glass. So get going and start shaking with those three little birds as your guide.

Bob Marley Drink: Layered Cocktail and Shot Recipes