Visitors to the Caribbean islands will find not only the sun, sea and beaches but also the best cocktails that use locally produced rum and fresh tropical fruit juices.
Imagine lying on the warm beach or poolside with a book in hand anticipating the delivery of your icy cold cocktail by the resort’s white uniformed clad server in sunglasses.
Before we show you the 5 best Caribbean cocktails to try, here are 5 tips to help you plan your trip to the Caribbean:
1. If you are flying, use Travelmath to find airlines serving the island. For example, there are 15 airlines serving Kingston Jamaica.
2. If you are cruising, you will find cruise lines have a wide range of itineraries traveling to the Caribbean. The Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise are some of the notable cruise lines with ports of call in Western, Eastern and Southern Caribbean.
4. If you are not cruising you will need either an all-inclusive resort or a non all-inclusive resort. An all-inclusive resort will include all your food and cocktails. All-inclusive will make more sense if you plan to drink lots of cocktails.
5. Is this a long getaway or just a weekend break? If it is a short weekend break you may want to consider an island that has direct flight from your city. For example, there are three direct flights from New York to Kingston Jamaica and it takes about three hours 39 minutes to get there.
Here are Travelmath’s 5 Caribbean cocktails to try:
One: Rum Punch in Barbados
Mount Gay Rum in Barbados was started in 1703 and it’s the oldest rum distillery in the world.
According to Totally Barbados, punch means five in Indian. The five refers to five ingredients used in rum punch – one sour (lime juice), two sweet (sugar syrup), three strong (rum) and four weak (water) and a dash of bitters (Angostura Bitters) and a sprinkle of spice (grated nutmeg).
Two: Old Jamaican Cocktail in Jamaica
The Appleton Jamaican Rum was started in 1749. It’s the most well-known distillery in Jamaica located Nassau Valley in St. Elizabeth.
The Old Jamaican cocktail is made from fresh lime juice, Appleton Jamaican rum, pure cane syrup, Angostura Bitter, champagne and fresh mint.
Three: Pina Colada in Puerto Rico
Brothers Don Facunda Bacardi and Jose Bacardi started the Bacardi Rum distillery in 1862 in Santiago de Cuba Puerto Rico. A rum tasting tour is available at the facility daily for $35 per person.
The pina colada is the official drink of Puerto Rico. It’s a combination of pineapple juice, white Bacardi rum, cream of coconut, ice, pineapple wedges and maraschino cherries. You can find the full recipe at Goya.com.
Four: Bahama Mama in Bahamas
John Watling’s Distillery was founded in 1789 at Buena Vista Estate in downtown Nassau. Complimentary tours are available daily from 10 am to 6 pm.
The Bahama Mama cocktail is made from rum, coconut rum, grenadine, orange juice, pineapple juice and crushed ice. You can find the recipe on Tommy Bahama’s website.
Five: Dark & Stormy Cocktail in Bermuda
Gosling’s Rum was started in 1806 and The Black Seal is the most sought after rum in Bermuda.
The dark & stormy is Bermuda’s official drink. It’s a combination of Black Seal rum, lime juice, ginger beer and ice. You find the recipe on Esquire’s website.
While you get ready for your trip to the Caribbean, try the cocktail recipes listed above.
Note: Don’t drink and drive.