A Cuban Crime of Passion – A Boat Drink That Would Make Jimmy Proud

After one sip, you could easily commit a Cuban crime of passion.

Do you like rum? Of course you do, why else would you be reading this story. Today’s Boat Drinks cocktail recipe has mucho rum in it, so I hope you truly do love this rowdy spirit. Let me introduce you to the Cuban Crime of Passion cocktail.

As most of you Parrotheads know, Cuban Crime of Passion is the name of a song off the A White Sport Coat And A Pink Crustacean album, written by Jimmy Buffett and Tom Corcoran. The lyrics tell the story of a piano player named Billy from Miami, he did a gig in Havana and met a pretty little thing, they fell in love and all was groovy. Then he came back one night only to find her in the arms of a shrimper named Dan. Well as you can imagine Billy was quite upset and took old shrimper Dan’s life. That is what they refer to as a Cuban crime of passion. What that has to do with rum I have no idea, but I’m thirsty so let’s get to mixin’.

I’m curious, how many other Buffett songs have drinks named after them? I’m not sure but I bet it’s more than a dozen. Here is the recipe for the rum soaked Cuban Crime of Passion drink.

Cuban Crime of Passion Cocktail Recipe


  • 1 part Pineapple Juice
  • 1 part Triple Sec
  • 1 part Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
  • 1 part Bacardi White Rum
  • 1 part Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum (Sub with Havana Club Añejo Especial)

Mixing Instructions: In a mixing glass filled with ice add the rums and Triple Sec. Then add the Pineapple Juice, shake and pour into a tall glass. Raise glass and toast.

As you can see the recipe asks for a Captain Morgan Spiced Rum. Boring. If you’re going to have a drink called the Cuban Crime of Passion you better add a taste of Cuba to it. Problem is getting your hands on some Havana Club Rum. Damn embargo. So if you happen to have a bottle that you got from Canada or somewhere in the Caribbean, definitely substitute it for the Captain Morgan.

Enjoy the Boat Drink everyone and keep an eye out for those shrimp boat captains, they have an eye on your lady.


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By |2012-01-03T21:22:31+00:00January 4th, 2012|Boat Drinks|3 Comments

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  1. Roy Patchett January 4, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Hi Ryan, do they have Havana club rum in St. Kitts? My Tribe and I will be there in a few short weeks and would love to giove this boat drink a try. Any tips for us while we are in St. Kitts?

  2. Bob Clark January 4, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Roy, I would look for a rum called Ship wreck. Ryan recommended it to me on my last trip. I brought back two bottles and wished I had brought more.

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    RumShopRyan January 5, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Hey Roy, Yes they do sell Havana Club in St. Kitts. I need some! How long are you going to be on island? If you like adventure give the volcano hike a try. Takes about 4-5 hrs to go up and down, but it’s well worth it. If you fee like limin’ hit up Shipwreck or Reggae Beach Bars. Good people, cold drinks and perfect beaches, you’ll have a blast. Cheers!

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