Seaside Sips: Cocktails You Have to Try

Seaside Sips: Cocktails You Have to Try

On your Caribbean trip, sampling local flavors is a must – and that includes the spirits! Distillers have been perfecting the art of rum since the 17th century. Sugarcane fields yield hundreds of varieties of this versatile alcohol, inspiring bartenders and hobbyists to craft creative concoctions for every palate.

Cocktails pay tribute to the region’s history and culture with unique flavors that cannot be found anywhere else. If you like a little libation with your beachside relaxation (and you're of age, of course!), these drinks are quintessentially Caribbean:

Fruity cocktail at pool

Aruba Ariba

What’s in it?

Vodka, 151-proof rum, Coecoei, creme de banane, orange juice, cranberry juice, pineapple juice

What’s the story?

Accept no substitutes for coecoei, the special ingredient that makes this fruity punch unique to Aruba. The 100-proof liqueur is made from the sap of agave plants and mixed with rum and cane sugar. After a day of sightseeing, cool off with this pleasant poolside companion.

Tropical cocktail with orange and pineapple

Rum Punch

What’s in it?

Mount Gay rum, lime, sugar, Angostura bitters, nutmeg

What’s the story?

“One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, and four of weak.” Rum punch is so popular in Barbados, its recipe has its own rhyme. Though its precise origin is unknown, punch has been a Bajan staple since British sailors began exploring the region in the 17th century. Add Mount Gay's tasting tour to your itinerary for an educational (and delicious) journey through the distillery's 300-year history.    

Planter’s Punch

What’s in it?

Dark rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, lemon juice, grenadine, simple syrup, Angostura bitters.

What’s the story?

Dark rum, Jamaica’s primary export, is the main ingredient in Planter’s Punch. Though the Planters Hotel in Charleston, SC claims to be the originator, cocktail historians trace this iconic drink all the way back to 1878. 

Pina colada on beach

Piña Colada

What’s in it?

Rum, coconut cream or coconut milk, pineapple juice

What’s the story?

The Pina Colada was born at Caribe Hilton in San Juan. Bartender Ramon “Monchito” Marrero created the sweet and creamy beverage in 1954 and served it at the resort’s beachside bar for more than 35 years. In 1978, Puerto Rico proclaimed the Piña Colada its national drink. Taste the original, or try a new twist that celebrates a proud cocktail tradition.

Sky Juice

What’s in it?

Coconut water, gin, condensed milk

What’s the story?

Rum may be king in the Caribbean – but gin is the star of this Bahamanian party favorite. Sky Juice, or Gully Wash as it’s also known, was created in the early 20th century when Prohibition stoked demand for illegal liquor in the United States. Nassau became a hub for bootlegging and booze-running, and liquor flowed freely (and cheaply) as a result. This simple drink packs a surprising punch with just three ingredients.

Frozen blue cocktails

Curaçao

What’s in it?

Orange peels

What’s the story?

Curaçao triple sec isn’t a cocktail, but it definitely deserves a mention. It’s made from the bitter peel of the Laraha fruit, which is native to Curaçao. Blue Curaçao adds the same sweet flavor and a burst of bright blue color reminiscent of the ocean. When you see a blue drink, you’ll always be transported back to the beach.

Coconut drink

Still thirsty?

This list is only the beginning! And don't worry, beer drinkers: you'll find plenty to love in pints from local brewers. Whether it's an island staple or a custom creation, you'll discover a new favorite cocktail without even leaving the resort. Start planning your trip now – and don't forget to check out our special offers!