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Delicious Tropical Cocktails to Make Yourself

Delicious Tropical Cocktails to Make Yourself

by Roberto Jaimes

They're flirty, fun and fruity, and no Caribbean vacation is complete without our favorite tropical cocktails. Whether you're a fan of alcoholic or non-alcoholic tropical drinks, we're willing to bet these will have you cravin' a beach vacation!

Rum and the Caribbean go together like the beach and sun, so it's not surprising that nearly every Caribbean island produces its own style of rum. Puerto Rico, the self-proclaimed rum capital of the world, is home to Bacardi. You can even take a tour of the facility. If you're a fan of rum-based tropical cocktails, you'll want to try this sparkling drink from the mixologists of Jalousie Plantation:

  • 1 oz light rum
  • 1 oz Prosecco or champagne
  • Half oz lime juice
  • Two drops floral bitters
  • Mint leaves

Add the mint leaves to a shaker with ice and pour in the rum, Prosecco or champagne and bitters. Shake and strain before pouring into a tall flute, and garnish with lime or lemon and a few more mint leaves.

From the pink flamingos to afternoon tea, the Bahamas are home to some of our favorite alcoholic and non-alcoholic tropical drinks. For those who imbibe, rum features prominently in the classics, including Planters Punch, the Yellow Bird and the Bahama Mama. If you're a fan of drinks with a pretty paper umbrella, plenty of rum and fruity garnishes, this one is for you. While nearly every bartender has their version, we love this recipe for a Bahama Mama from Nobu at Atlantis on Paradise Island:

  • Half oz dark rum
  • Half oz coconut rum
  • A fourth oz Nassau Royale (or a vanilla flavored rum)
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • A fourth oz grenadine syrup

Combine all ingredients and shake with crushed ice; garnish with an orange slice and cherry, and don't forget the umbrella.

Our friends at Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun generously shared the recipe for their famous Havana Lights Cocktail. The melon liquor adds something special to this beachy cocktail that says summer all year long.

  • Three-fourths oz light rum
  • Three-fourths oz coconut rum
  • Three-fourths cup pineapple juice
  • A few drops of grenadine syrup
  • Half oz melon liquor

Shake the first three ingredients together and pour into a cocktail glass. Add a few drops of the grenadine syrup carefully so it drops to the bottom of the glass. Top the drink with the melon liquor. Garnish and enjoy.

For those who'd rather have non-alcoholic tropical drinks, there's nothing better than throwing fresh peaches, mango slices, berries and a dash of lemonade into the blender for the ultimate tropical smoothie. Don't worry about being precise; just make up your own combo for a refreshing taste of paradise.

Whip up tropical drinks to get you in the mood for a Caribbean vacation or to relive the memories. Whether you're a fan of the classic daiquiri, a tropical depression or Planters punch, these tropical cocktails taste just like the tropics. Cheers!

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