A vacation is not a vacation without cocktails. The Caribbean is one of my favorite spots to visit over the last few years so I have been sampling the signature cocktails of the islands.
Here are my top five favorite cocktails in the Caribbean.
The bushwacker sounds more potent than it really is. It is popular in the Virgin Islands and I think of it as a grown up milk shake with a kick that I enjoy having for dessert. Vodka, rum, Bailey’s, Kahlua, Frangelico and coconut cream all blended with ice and topped with freshly grated nutmeg make this drink my overall favorite! Every bar makes it differently, however my vote for the best goes to Pirates Bight on Norman Island.
2. Mango Daiquiri
Mangoes are a creamy fruit that blend well and are my favorite flavor for a daiquiri (or margarita or smoothie). I made these all summer using frozen mango chunks from Trader Joe’s, but most bars use Goya mango nectar which is easily found in most grocery stores so this can be easily whipped up at home. The daiquiri was named after a beach in Cuba, but can be found all over the Caribbean and is usually served quite strong because rum is cheaper than the mango nectar down in the islands.
3. Plantation Punch
Plantation punch is my husband’s favorite and he tries it everywhere we go to find the best. This drink made from rum, fruit juices and possibly a dash of bitters varies from bar to bar and island to island, but my husband claims the best is on Petit St. Vincent, the fabulous private island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands created this concoction that brings people from all over the world to swim into gorgeous White Bay and pay for drinks with soggy dollars since there is not a dock on this beach. This cocktail made from orange juice, pineapple juice, dark rum and coconut cream will cure any pains you may have.
5. Jamaican Smile
While on a trip to Jamaica with a girlfriend, we saw a number of people at the resort with a pink blended drink. It was too light to be a strawberry daiquiri so I inquired at the bar about “the pink drink”. I thought the bartender said it was a “Jamaica Me Smile” so that is what my friend and I called it during most of the trip until another bartender giggled at us and told us it is called a “Jamaican Smile”. Either way, this blended cocktail that is somewhere between a strawberry daiquiri and a pina colada with a banana thrown in for fun always made us smile.
What are your favorite tropical cocktails?