"Hey, cabana boy! My drink needs more umbrellas! What kind of deserted island is this, anyway?"A bright pink (or blue, or orange...) cocktail, garnished with big pieces of fruit (or lots of small ones on a skewer) and decorated with the all-important paper cocktail umbrella, possibly served in a coconut shell, a hollowed-out pineapple, a fancy curved glass or a tiki glass. This cocktail is associated with beaches and Pacific islands, especially Hula and Luaus vacations. A tiki-themed tourist trap is not complete without a row of colorful rum-based cocktails, which are identifiable more by their decorations than by their contents, a visual shorthand for the type of drink one usually doesn't get at the local pub. In Real Life, Fluffy the Terrible will sometimes apply; despite their widespread derision as "girly drinks" they are often extremely potent, their smooth fruity taste concealing several ounces of rum. It also adds a bit more street cred when you know that these are the descendants of elaborate mixes popularized in speakeasies during the USA's Prohibition Era to mask the horrible flavor of poorly made and stored bootleg liquor. An umbrella cocktail will be the regular Drink Order of a Cloudcuckoolander.
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- In the Super Mario Bros. story, "Bedtime for Drainhead", near the end of the story, after spending much of it looking for the sleepwalking Mario, Luigi and Princess Toadstool return to the Mushroom Castle to find King Koopa serving the rest of the cast these drinks as a result of being defeated by Mario.
Princess Toadstool: Daddy, why is Koopa serving us drinks with little paper umbrellas?
King: He's detail-oriented?
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) issue #13, Rarity professes twice her love for "little umbrella drinks" before being seen drinking one (with three umbrellas) on the beach.
Films — Animation
- In The Road to El Dorado Tzekel-kan insists a little umbrella be put in his potion.
Films — Live-Action
- In The Jerk, Navin is very partial to these. At one point during his millionaire period, he actually gets a machine that dispenses them.
- TRON: Legacy, of all things, manages to have this — inside the Grid, no less. The "umbrella" appears to be made out of glass and metal, fittingly enough.
- UHF: Weird Al is facing total failure with his new TV channel and goes to drown his sorrows at the bar with a big fancy umbrella drink. He didn't drink but decided it was a good time to start. In the commentary, Al says he wanted the drink to be much more ornate and practically stuffed with paper baubles and garnishments, but the prop department phoned it in.
- Wayne's World: When meeting the network guy to discuss business over drinks, Wayne and network guy drink beer. Garth has something huge, bright blue and garnished with what looks like a whole pineapple.
- One of the few unambiguously funny scenes in Zodiac involves Robert Graysmith's (presumably accurate, he wrote the book) bizarre choice of drink of an aqua velva.
- Ridcully warns people against these in Hogfather. Bilious, the (Oh) God of Hangovers, harbours a particular hatred for them.
- In Men at Arms, Detritus orders a "molten sulphur on coke with phosphoric acid", "with umbrella in it". Nobby's "Slow Comfortable Double Entendre with lemonade and a fruit salad in it" is also an example.
- Featured again in Thud!, when Cheery, Angua and Sally go on a girls' night out. Towards the end of the evening, Sally throws up a humorous umbrella.
- The Girl Drink Drunk from The Kids in the Hall only drinks umbrella drinks... to the point where he mixes one up while sitting with a fellow wino on a park bench.
- Del Boy has a fondness for these in Only Fools and Horses, being under the erroneous impression that they make him look sophisiticated.
- In an episode of The West Wing, John Larroquette's Large Ham character rants about how he's supposed to be on vacation, being brought drinks with "little UM-brellas in them."
- Scrubs: JD's drink of choice is the Appletini.
- Marshall Eriksen from How I Met Your Mother loves fruity drinks with an umbrella ("They're delicious") but doesn't order them since they give "the wrong signal." Barney's gay brother, James, regularly orders them "because [he] can."
- The page image is Phil Coulson from Agents Of Shield having one after temporarily losing control of SHIELD due to an internal uprising.
- Roland Rat's trademark Rat Cocktail is generally shown as one of these, but since he's a kids' character it's not alcoholic at all (basically a strawberry and banana milkshake in a fancy glass). Similar to Del Boy, Roland is a character with a rather tasteless idea of what sophistication looks like.
- In Kingdom of Loathing, the " Advanced cocktailcrafting" skill allows you to summon various garnishes to improve your beverages. One of them is a little paper umbrella. Most of the drinks made with this skill are deemed "Fruity girl drinks" by the game's Lemony Narrator. The rest, which require an additional skill, are labeled "Extra-fruity girl drinks". With an evil paper umbrella, you can mix "Evil fruity girl drinks". There's even a Demon Lord dedicated to Fruity Drinks.
- In The Curse of Monkey Island, the umbrella is a plot point: You have to order a fruity drink with an umbrella in it. The bartender is out of the little paper ones, so he'll give you a regular umbrella instead. It doubles as a parachute later.
- Drink Cocktails appear all over Fortune City in Dead Rising 2. They don't restore a huge amount of health, but can be mixed with other things to make more powerful drinks.
- Fable I: One of the random snippets of dialogue you can overhear in the taverns is "A drink, please. With an umbrella in it." Humorously, the only drink actually available is ale.
- Strong Bad Email "disconnected" features Strong Bad's decapitated head lounging on a deserted island, wearing sunglasses and laying next to a fancy tropical drink glass with several umbrellas in it, where the page quote comes from.
- One Rooster Teeth Animated Adventure reveals that Dan Gruchy ordered a slew of these at a dinner with Burnie and Gavin. Each one had a progressively "wackier" name and fruity appearance, and his first one was just a fishbowl filled with glowing ice cubes and colored straws.
- From the Yellow trailer for RWBY:
"Strawberry Sunrise. No ice. Oh, and one of those little umbrellas!"
- The Order of the Stick: Sabine of the Linear Guild is shown drinking a suitably girly pink cocktail with umbrella in "Linear Storytelling".
- Girls with Slingshots:
- In Rusty and Co., Prestige puts one such drink to good use, to reveal an invisible spy.
- In a Kickstarter request sketch for Skin Horse, Gavotte is shown drinking one of these.
- One particularily memorable thread on /m/ had various posters coming up with recipes for Gundam and other Humongous Mecha-themed cocktails. One of these, "The Laura Rolla", needs to be served with an umbrella for the joke to work. Specifically, you need it to hide the cocktail weiner.
- In The Muppets video of the Electric Mayhem and Sam the Eagle performing "Jungle Boogie", the punchline is that it was all a Mushroom Samba caused by Sam being Unsuspectingly Soused on these. The final bit is him looking uncertainly into an empty glass (with paper umbrella and fruit) and asking "What exactly is in a 'mai tai', anyway?"
- After being unfairly characterized as a coward, The Critic's Jay Sherman decides to man up and shrug off his perceived wimpiness, and he starts by pounding down an especially frilly one of these.
- Subverted in the episode of Futurama titled War is the H-Word.
Zap: Damnit, Kif, where's the little umbrella? That's what makes it a scotch on the rocks!
- In one episode of Daria, Mr. Demartino asks Mr. O'Neill to meet him at a bar. The bar is... not a classy establishment. O'Neill orders a Mai Tai.
- Goultard manages to have such a drink, with umbrella and straw, in the desert while watching Sadlygrove dueling with Rubilax.
- Rushu himself enjoys searing lava drinks fittingly in a skull, cup complete with drinking straw (made of someone's spine) and umbrella.