Caribbean Drink Recipes

Karen Frazier

Ten Caribbean Cocktails

When it comes to Caribbean drinks, rum is 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 recipes in the comfort of your own home.

Cuba Libre

The Cuba Libre is simple and refreshing.


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


  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

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

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


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


  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.


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.


The mojito originated in Cuba, and it was rumored to be Ernest Hemingway's second favorite cocktail.


  • 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


  1. In a shaker glass, 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

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


  • 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


  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

You'll probably feel like a zombie if you drink more than one glass of this cocktail.


  • 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


  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

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


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


  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

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


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


  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.


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.


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


  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.

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.

Karen Frazier
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