12 Caribbean Drink Recipes

Karen Frazier

12 Cocktails With Caribbean Flare

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 cocktail. You can still make any of the following Caribbean drink recipes in the comfort of your own home.

Cuba Libre (Cuba)

Try this simple Caribbean alternative to a traditional rum and Coke. The Cuba Libre is a simple and refreshing Caribbean cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 2 slices lime
  • Ice
  • 8 ounces Coca-Cola

Instructions

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice, and place two lime slices in the glass.
  2. Add rum.
  3. Fill glass with cola and stir.

Piña Colada (Puerto Rico)

The piña colada is a blended drink that is sweet and refreshing. It uses coconut cream, light rum, and crushed pineapple blended with ice. Serve it in a pretty glass with a wedge of pineapple.

Planter's Punch (Jamaica)

Planter's Punch is another staple of the Caribbean cocktail scene. The drink gets its name from the sugar cane plantations of old.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Splash of orange juice
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a lemon wedge, if desired.

Hurricane (United States)

Technically the hurricane originated in New Orleans, but you can certainly taste the Caribbean influence in the ingredients. This ruby red drink contains both light and dark rum, as well as passion fruit juice, lime juice, and pineapple juice.

The traditional garnish for this drink is a cherry and an orange slice, but you can use a pineapple wedge if your prefer.

Mojito (Cuba)

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

Ingredients

  • 2 sprigs of mint, plus one for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1/2 cup cracked ice
  • Club soda
  • Lime wedge

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint with superfine sugar.
  2. Pour in rum and add cracked ice. Shake well.
  3. Strain the contents into a tall glass with ice, and then top it off with chilled club soda.
  4. Garnish the beverage with a wedge of lime and a sprig of mint and enjoy.

Bahama Mama (Bahamas)

This is a tasty rum cocktail that will make you dream of the islands.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ounce 151 proof rum
  • 1/2 ounce light rum
  • 1/2 ounce dark rum
  • 1/2 ounce Kahlua
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • Crushed ice

Instructions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice.
  2. Add all other ingredients. Shake to combine.
  3. Strain into a pretty cocktail glass filled with ice.
  4. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.

Zombie Drink Recipe (United States)

This is another American cocktail with tropical flavors. You'll probably feel like a zombie if you drink more than one glass of this cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 ounce fresh pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce fresh orange juice
  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 1 ounce passion fruit syrup
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce apricot brandy
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • 1/2 ounce 151 rum
  • Sprig of mint for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a blender combine ice, pineapple juice, orange juice, light rum, and dark rum until smooth.
  2. Add passion fruit syrup, fresh lime juice, apricot brandy, and superfine sugar. Blend the ingredients well.
  3. Pour the beverage into a chilled glass and add the 1/2 ounce of 151 proof rum on top.
  4. Garnish the drink with a sprig of mint and the fruit of your choice.

Dark and Stormy (Bermuda)

The Dark and Stormy originates in Bermuda and references the storms that blow in off the ocean.

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 1/4 lime, cut into two wedges
  • 2 ounces Gosling's Black Seal black rum
  • 4 ounces ginger beer

Instructions

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Squeeze one of the lime wedges into the glass.
  3. Add the rum and ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

Caribbean Breeze (Caribbean)

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

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce 151 proof rum
  • 1/2 ounce coconut rum
  • Pineapple juice
  • Cranberry juice

Instructions

  1. Fill a collins glass with ice.
  2. Add 151 proof rum and coconut rum.
  3. Fill the remainder of the glass half with pineapple juice and half with cranberry juice.
  4. Garnish with a wedge of pineapple.

Daiquiri (Cuba)

The daiquiri can be made following a classic recipe, or you can switch things up and make a frozen daiquiri by blending the ice with the ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1 1/2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • Ice
  • Slice of lime

Instructions

  1. In a shaker with ice, combine light rum, freshly squeezed lime juice, and superfine sugar.
  2. Shake thoroughly.
  3. Strain the drink into a chilled glass.
  4. Garnish the beverage with a slice of lime.

Goombay Smash (Bahamas)

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

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 2 ounces Malibu rum
  • 1/2 ounce dark rum
  • 1/2 ounce light rum
  • 1/2 ounce gold rum
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • Orange slice, pineapple wedge, and strawberry for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add the rum, pineapple juice, and orange juice. Shake to chill and mix.
  2. Strain into a highball glass half-filled with ice. Garnish with the orange, pineapple, and strawberry.

Painkiller (British Virgin Islands)

Drink one or two of these specialities from the British Virgin Islands, and you'll be feeling no pain.

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 2 ounces demerara rum
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce cream of coconut
  • Pineapple wedge and fresh grated nutmeg for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice.
  2. Add the rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and cream of coconut. Shake to blend and chill.
  3. Strain into a highball glass half filled with ice. Garnish with pineapple wedges and freshly grated nutmeg.

Enjoy a Taste of the Tropics With Caribbean Cocktail Recipes

If these these terrific Caribbean drinks don't satisfy your craving for a cocktail from the islands, check out a few Hawaiian drink recipes for further inspiration. Alternatively, create your own Caribbean-themed cocktail by combining rum, tropical juice, lots of ice, and a tropical fruit garnish.

Karen Frazier
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12 Caribbean Drink Recipes