12 Caribbean Drink Recipes That'll Transport You

Updated December 15, 2021

12 Cocktails With Caribbean Flare

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When it comes to Caribbean drinks, rum is frequently the spirit of choice. Distilled from sugar cane molasses, the very word conjures up images of tall ships, drunken pirates, and tropical islands.

Don't despair if you can't travel all the way to the Caribbean to enjoy a tasty rum or tropical cocktail. You can still make any of the following Caribbean drink recipes in the comfort of your own home. The bright flower shirt and socks and sandal combination are optional.

Cuba Libre (Cuba)

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Try this simple Caribbean alternative to the traditional rum and Coke. This Cuba Libre is a simple and refreshing Caribbean cocktail. Add a splash of freshly squeezed lime juice to make yours stand out.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 2-3 lime wedges
  • Ice
  • Coca-Cola to top off

Instructions

  1. In a rocks or highball glass, add ice, limes, and rum.
  2. Top off with cola.
  3. Garnish with lime wedge.

Piña Colada (Puerto Rico)

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The piña colada is a blended coconut drink that is both sweet and refreshing. You can add a pineapple wedge to the garnish if you want to up the tropical feel.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1½ ounces pineapple juice
  • 1¼ ounce cream of coconut
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • Orange slice and cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a blender, add rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, lime juice, frozen pineapple, and ice.
  2. Blend until desired consistency.
  3. Pour into hurricane or highball glass.
  4. Garnish with orange slice and cherry.

Planter's Punch (Jamaica)

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Planter's punch is a staple in the Caribbean cocktail scene, the dark rum flavors balancing out the fruitier notes for a delectable treat.

Ingredients

  • 2½ ounces Jamaican dark rum
  • 1½ ounces pineapple juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup
  • ¼ ounce grenadine
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters
  • Ice
  • Cherry, orange wheel, and pineapple leaf for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, simple syrup, grenadine, and bitters.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with cherry, orange wheel, and pineapple leaf.

Hurricane (United States)

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Although the hurricane technically originated in New Orleans, you can certainly taste the Caribbean influence in the ingredients. This ruby-red drink uses both light and dark rum, as well as an incredible lineup of juices: passion fruit, lime, and pineapple.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ ounce orange juice
  • ½ ounce passionfruit juice
  • ½ ounce pineapple juice
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup
  • ¼ ounce grenadine
  • Ice
  • Orange slice, pineapple wedge, cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, rums, lime juice, orange juice, passionfruit juice, pineapple juice, simple syrup, and grenadine.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into hurricane or highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with pineapple wedge, orange slice, and cherry.

Mojito (Cuba)

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The mojito originated in Cuba, and rumors circulated it was Ernest Hemingway's second favorite cocktail. Today, you can find all sorts of variations on the classic mojito.

Ingredients

  • 5-6 fresh mint leaves
  • 1¾ ounces light rum
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Club soda to top off
  • Mint sprig and lime slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint leaves with a splash of simple syrup.
  2. Add ice, rum, lime juice, and remaining simple syrup.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Without straining, pour into highball glass.
  5. Garnish with lime slice and mint sprig.

Bahama Mama (Bahamas)

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Don't be fooled by the look or the name--the Caribbean Bahama Mama cocktail packs some boozy flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces coconut rum
  • 1 ounce dark overproof rum
  • ½ ounce coffee liqueur
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce grenadine
  • Ice
  • Orange slice and cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, rums, coffee liqueur, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and grenadine.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into hurricane or highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with orange slice and cherry.

Zombie (United States)

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Limit yourself to one of these cocktails; otherwise, you'll probably feel like a zombie.

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces light rum
  • 1½ ounces gold rum
  • ½ ounce 151-proof rum
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ ounce passionfruit syrup
  • ½ ounce grenadine
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters
  • Ice
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, light rum, gold rum, 151-proof rum, pineapple juice, lemon juice, lime juice, passionfruit syrup, grenadine, and bitters.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball or hurricane glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with mint sprig.

Dark and Stormy (Bermuda)

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The origin of the dark and stormy can be found in Bermuda. Its name is a reference to the storms that blow in off the ocean.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ginger beer to top off
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball or rocks glass, add ice, dark rum, and lime juice.
  2. Top off with ginger beer.
  3. Garnish with lime wedge.

Caribbean Breeze (Caribbean)

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This drink is as refreshing as a cool breeze on a hot day. It combines sweet pineapple with coconut rum and cranberry juice.

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces light rum
  • ½ ounce banana liqueur
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1½ ounces cranberry juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Pineapple wedge and cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, light rum, banana liqueur, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and lime juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball or hurricane glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with pineapple wedge and cherry.

Daiquiri (Cuba)

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The classic daiquiri is a thing of beauty. It's not loaded with sugar or other pre-made mixers as some might think. Just three simple ingredients make for an outstanding tropical cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces light rum
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Lime wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a coupe glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, light rum, lime juice, and simple syrup.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with lime wheel.

Goombay Smash (Bahamas)

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Sweet, tropical, and heavy on the rum-- you're sure to love this drink from the Bahamas.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces coconut rum
  • 1 ounce spiced rum
  • ¾ ounce apricot brandy
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • ¼ ounce grenadine
  • Ice
  • Orange slice, pineapple wedge, and cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, rums, apricot brandy, pineapple juice, and simple syrup.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into hurricane glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with orange slice, pineapple wedge, and cherry.

Painkiller (British Virgin Islands)

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Drink one or two of these specialties from the British Virgin Islands, and you'll be soon be feeling no pain. Physically, mentally, emotionally. You'll probably be ready for a nap, too.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Prusser's navy rum
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1½ ounces cream of coconut
  • Pineapple wedge and grated nutmeg for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, navy rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and cream of coconut.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball or pilsner glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with pineapple wedge and grated nutmeg.

Enjoy a Taste of the Tropics With Caribbean Cocktail Recipes

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If these terrific Caribbean drinks don't fully satisfy your craving for a cocktail from the islands, check out a few Hawaiian drink recipes or tropical beachy drinks for further inspiration. Otherwise, create your own Caribbean-themed cocktail by combining rum, tropical juice, and a hefty serving of ice. Oh, and don't forget that tropical garnish!

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