"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.
An umbrella cocktail will be the regular Drink Order
of a Cloud Cuckoolander
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- There is a Discworld/Sandman crossover fanfic called "She Likes Umbrellas with Discworld's DEATH meeting (and sort-of flirting with) Death from The Sandman, which involves him ordering one of these for her.
- 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.
- 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 (pictured).
- 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.
Live Action TV
- 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."
- 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".
- 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.