11 Best Tropical Beach Drinks for Summer (with Recipes)

Best Tropical Drinks for Summer
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Is your home bar set up for when the summer weather hits and you’re craving a tropical beach drink? We’d like to offer a few additions to the bar, so you can mix up some amazing summer drinks at home.

These summer cocktails can all be made at home with just a handful of ingredients, so you don’t have to wait until your next trip to the beach to enjoy. Continue reading to see the most important things to have on hand, and to find the recipes for our favorite tropical cocktails below.

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:

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11 Best Tropical Summer Drinks

Bahama Mama

bahama mama

Rum with pineapple juice, coconut milk and a touch of coffee liqueur are what you’ll find in this classic beach drink. Are you surprised by the coffee? Kahlua is the secret ingredient in a Bahama Mama.

  • 1/4 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce dark rum
  • 1/2 ounce coconut liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce 151 proof rum
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 4 ounces of pineapple juice

Caribbean Rum Punch

caribbean rum punch

This one is super pretty and so delicious. It’s made with white and dark rum and a bunch of fruit juice. If you like pineapple and want something fruity and refreshing, this is the drink for you.

  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1 cup of pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup white rum
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 cup of grenadine

Pina Colada

pina colada recipe

You absolutely cannot call it summer without having at least one Pina Colada. It’s required drinking for nice weather. 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.

>> See the full recipe in this post

Mai Tai

mai tai

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).

1 oz lime juice
1/2 oz orange Curaçao
1/4 oz orgeat syrup
1/4 oz simple syrup
2 oz aged rum

Classic Mojito

Mojitos originate in Cuba

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.

>> See the full recipe in this post

Lava Flow

lava flow

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.

This recipe is made in two parts. Blend the first three ingredients, pour into the glass. Then mix the last 3 ingredients and pour over the top.

  • 1 oz light rum
  • 1 oz Malibu rum
  • 2 oz strawberries
  • 1 small banana
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz coconut cream

Dirty Monkey

Dirty Monkey
Dirty Monkey

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. It’s like dessert in a glass.

If you’re lucky, it will also have some real banana blended up with it, and will be topped with chocolate syrup.

To make this drink, add all ingredients to a blender with some ice. Blend until smooth. Drizzle the inside of the glass with chocolate syrup and pour in the drink.

  • 1/2 of a very ripe banana
  • 1.5 oz aged rum
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz Kahlua
  • A splash of banana liqueur
  • A splash of Cream de Coco
  • Chocolate syrup, to drizzle on the inside of the glass


iceberg drink

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. To mix up this drink, first pour the beer into the glass. Then mix up the tequila, lime juice and cointreau with ice in a blender. Pour the margarita drink on top of the beer.

  • 4 oz light beer
  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz Lime juice
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • Ice

Rum Runner

rum runner

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 made with 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.

  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 oz banana liqueur
  • 1 oz light rum
  • 1 oz dark rum
  • 1/2 ounce Chambord
  • 1/2 ounce Grenadine

Strawberry Daiquiri

strawberry daiquiri

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.

  • 4 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 5 ounces simple syrup
  • 4 ounces light rum
  • juice of 1 lime
  • fresh strawberries and lime slices for garnish if desired

Tropical Bliss

I’ve seen this cocktail made in a couple of different ways, but the main ingredients are typically always orange vodka, rum, orange juice, and pineapple juice with milk or cream. You could replace the milk with coconut milk for extra flavor (or if you’re dairy free).

  • 3/4 ounces orange-flavored vodka
  • 3/4 ounces coconut rum
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces milk or cream
  • Ice

Mix together all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into the glass and enjoy.

Looking for more cocktails to try? Here’s a list of popular cocktails around the world. You might also want to read our rum guide which includes recipes to a few really tasty rum cocktails.


You’ll find these 11 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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