Tropical Drink Recipes

Tropical Drink Recipes

Tropical drink recipes are naturally refreshing, since they blend exotic fruit with crisp spirits. Some tropical cocktails are ideal served as frozen drinks while others can be served over ice. A sampling of popular island cocktails follows.

Tequila Sunrise

Few things are as beautiful as a tropical sunrise, and this popular cocktail celebrates the warm rays of the morning sun. To make one, you'll need:

  • 2 ounces of tequila
  • 4 ounces of orange juice
  • 1 ounce of grenadine

Mix the tequila and orange juice together and pour them into a glass filled with ice. Slowly pour grenadine into the glass, allowing it to sink to the bottom.

Mai Tai

A collection of tropical drink recipes would not be complete without the mai tai. It requires:

  • 1 ounce of light rum
  • 1 ounce of dark rum
  • 1 half ounce of triple sec
  • 1 ounce of lime juice
  • 1 ounce of pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce of orange juice
  • 1 half ounce of grenadine
Pour all the ingredients except the dark rum into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and pour the contents into a glass. Then add the dark rum on the top. Garnish the drink with slices of lime and orange.

Rum Runner

The rum runner is a favorite tropical cocktail. You need:

  • 2 ounces of light rum
  • 1 half ounce of blackberry brandy
  • 1 half ounce of banana liqueur
  • 1 half ounce of grenadine

Pour the ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well and pour the beverage into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and a slice of lime.

Hurricane

Many tropical drink recipes are served in a hurricane glass. Here is a recipe for the cocktail that inspired the specialized bar glass. It takes:

  • 2 ounces of dark rum
  • 2 ounces of light rum
  • 2 ounces of passion fruit juice
  • 1 ounce of orange juice
  • 1 half ounce of lime juice
  • 1 half ounce of grenadine

Filler a shaker with ice and add lime juice, followed by the remaining ingredients. Shake well and pour the drink into a hurricane glass. Garnish it with an orange peel and a maraschino cherry.

Sex on the Beach

Sex on the beach is a relatively new tropical drink that is on its way to becoming a classic. It takes:

  • 1 ounce of peach schnapps
  • 1 ounce of raspberry schnapps
  • 1 ounce of vodka
  • 2 ounces of orange juice
  • 1 ounce of cranberry juice

Mix the ingredients together and serve the drink in a cocktail glass filled with ice. Garnish it with a slice of lime.

Pina Colada

The pina colada is a very popular tropical frozen drink recipe. Its ingredients are:

  • 1 ounce of light rum
  • 1 ounce of spiced rum
  • 2 ounces of coconut cream
  • 1 ounce of pineapple juice

Blend the ingredients with ice until smooth. Serve the drink in a chilled hurricane glass and it garnish with a wedge of pineapple and a maraschino cherry.

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Tropical Drink Recipes