Headed to a Caribbean destination soon? If so, I’m sure you’ve already imagined yourself laying out in the sun with that nice resort cocktail. Which is totally fine, but I would highly recommend that you branch out a little with your drink orders!
Think about it — when’s the next time you’ll be in this beautiful location? You can get that glass of wine or American beer anytime you want. Consider trying out the drink(s) that are authentic to the place you are staying!
If you’re interested in doing so, we’ve put together a list of the staple drink for each location in the Caribbean!
9 Authentic Caribbean Drinks You’ll Love:
Pina Colada — Puerto Rico
Similar to the rest of the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is known for rum. It is estimated that around 80% of the rum consumed in the United States comes from Puerto Rico — home to the Bacardi rum factory.
Combine 1.5 oz light rum, 2 oz. coconut milk, 2 oz. pineapple juice and ice, blend until smooth, then garnish with a cherry.
Bahama Mama — Bahamas
When you think “Bahamas,” you automatically think of sweet, tropical drinks! The Bahama Mama is nothing short of that and is a must-try when visiting.
Combine 1.5 oz orange juice, 1 oz pineapple juice, 1 cup crushed ice, 0.5 oz rum, 0.5 oz coconut rum and 0.5 oz of grenadine. Blend until slushy.
Old Jamaican — Jamaica
Jamaica is popular for its laid-back, party atmosphere and reggae music. Because of this, they have a lot of famous drinks themed around this.
Muddle 1 sprig of mint and 1 oz lime juice, add 1.5 oz of rum, 0.75 oz pure cane simple syrup, 1 dash of Angostura bitters, and top with a splash of champagne.
Rum Punch — Barbados
Fun fact: Barbados is home to one of the oldest rum distilleries in the world — “Mount Gay Rum,” which has been operating since 1703. If you visit Barbados, you can take a tour of the distillery!
Mix 1 oz of lime juice, 1 oz simple syrup, 2 oz rum and a dash of Angostura bitters.
Painkiller — U.S. Virgin Islands
The three islands that make up the Virgin Islands — Saint Thomas, Saint Croix and Saint John — are located in the eastern Caribbean and have an upscale feel to them.
Mix 1 oz orange juice and 1 oz coconut milk, then add in 4 oz pineapple juice, 2 oz rum and pour over crushed ice. Garnish with nutmeg.
Aruba Ariba — Aruba
This island of Aruba holds claim to a liquor that comes from the sap of an agave plant called “Coecoei.” The sap is mixed with rum and sugar to create the liquor.
Stir 0.5 oz vodka, 0.5 oz 151 rum, 0.125 oz coecoei, 0.125 oz creme de banana, 0.5 cup orange juice, 0.5 cup cranberry juice and 0.5 cup pineapple juice. Add a splash of grenadine.
Guavaberry Kir — St. Martin
The local drink derives from guavaberries, which are small, orange and black berries that grow on trees — not to be confused with guavas. Locals combine them with rum to create a guavaberry liqueur.
Pour 1 oz of guavaberry liqueur and then pour 5 oz. of champagne over it.
Mamaguava — Dominican Republic
In the 1950s, a local man created a drink that has become an island favorite, called “Mamajuana” — a concoction where rum, red wine and honey are mixed together with tree bark and Dominican herbs.
Mix 3 oz of Mamajuana and 4 oz of guava juice.
Antiguan Smile — Antigua
Antigua’s most famous crop is the black pineapple, which isn’t actually black, but green when it’s most ripe.
Add 2 oz rum, 1 oz creme de banana, 4 oz fresh pineapple juice and shake. Garnish with 1 or 2 slices of black pineapple.
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