If you’re preparing to spend some hard-earned vacation time relaxing on the beach, you can’t forget one very important part of your travel planning – what you’re going to drink while you’re there! Researching the best tropical drinks for summer is required before heading out on a beach vacation.
Beach holidays are the best time to indulge in the things you don’t get to do often at home – relaxing, catching up on sleep, reading a book – but whatever you do, make sure these activities are done with a drink in hand. Paper umbrella required.
It’s a great idea to have in mind a few of the best poolside drinks you’d like to try, especially at all-inclusive beach resorts where the drinks flow freely, but the menu is often no where to be found. Here is a list of our 10 favorite beach themed drinks to order. Find your favorite, or try them all. There’s no judgement on vacation.
10 Best Poolside Drinks
Rum with pineapple juice, coconut milk and a touch of coffee are what you’ll find in this classic beach drink. Are you surprised by the coffee? Kahlua is the secret ingredient. But it’s unlikely you’ll find this original recipe at most bars. The Kahlua is often left out of the drink these days. If you want the real thing, ask them to add it!
Caribbean Rum Punch
This one is pretty easy to figure out. It’s made with white and dark rum and a bunch of tropical fruit juices. If you like pineapple and want something fruity and refreshing, this is the drink for you.
You absolutely cannot spend time in a tropical location without having at least one Pina Colada. It’s required drinking at the beach. Made with coconut cream, rum and pineapple juice, then blended with ice, it’s like a dessert in a glass, and it taste just like beach. If you’re lactose intolerant, check with the bartender about alternatives to the cream that’s often added to this drink.
While the history of the Mai Tai is debated, the awesomeness of this cocktail has never been called into question. It’s said to have first been made at Trader Vic’s in California. The secret ingredients to this recipe are Orange Curaçao and Orgeat syrup (which adds an orange-almond flavor).
I love a good mojito. However, it’s hard to get a good one because bartenders often skimp on good quality ingredients. If you don’t see fresh mint involved, don’t bother! A perfect blend of lime, sugar and mint are what make a mojito so refreshing and delicious. The mint muddles with the sugar and the lime perks it right up.
One drink you’re sure to see in many hands on the beach is a Lava Flow. It’s incredibly refreshing, but also decadently creamy. The combination comes from adding strawberry puree to a tropical puree of banana, cocunut and pineapple. At most resorts, it’s just a mix of strawberry margarita and pina colada, but that doesn’t detract from how good it is. If you want the real thing, you might have to make it yourself at home.
While in Mexico on a beach vacation, one of my friends fell madly in love with the Dirty Monkey cocktail and ordered nothing else the entire time she was there. It’s dangerously good. But it’s not the only drink on the list that’s not actually tropical. It’s like dessert in a glass. The drink mixes rum with creme de banana and creme de coconut and a splash of real cream, blended with ice. If you’re lucky, it will also have some real banana blended up with it, and will be topped with chocolate syrup.
You can’t deny the thirst quenching ability of beer. But it gets even better when you add blended margarita on top of it. That’s what an Iceberg is. Typically made with whatever house lager is on tap where you are (Corona, Heineken, Coors), the drink is half beer and half margarita. So cold and refreshing. I’ve also seen it called a Mexican Bulldog, so you might have to try both when ordering.
You might not have heard of this one before. If you’ve had it before, I doubt you’re privy to all the awesome ingredients that go into it. It’s a complex drink. In it, you’ll find spiced rum, blackberry liqueur, crème de banana liqueur, orange juice, and grenadine. It can be served over ice or blended up to make a frozen drink unlike any other. Be careful, though. These are potent and delicious.
Probably one of the most well-known tropical drinks is the Strawberry Daiquiri. It’s a classic for a reason. It’s made by mixing rum with strawberries, lemon, lime, sugar and ice in a blender. It’s one of the six basic cocktails in the book The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks. And it’s clearly one you must drink while on a summer vacation at the beach. Don’t forget the paper umbrella.
Make Your Own
When you’re not vacationing at an exotic tropical location and sitting poolside all day while the waiters bring you fruity frozen drinks with little umbrellas, you can be making these drinks yourself at home!
Here’s all the gear you need to whip up a batch of summer cocktails yourself at home:
You’ll find these 10 best tropical drinks for summer at almost any beach resort you go to, so don’t hesitate to ask the bartender to make you one. If you’d like to see a more comprehensive list of beach drinks to order, check out our sister site, Savored Journeys for a full list.
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