Best Tropical Drinks for Summer
Best Tropical Drinks for Summer

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.

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10 Best Poolside Drinks

Bahama Mama
Bahama Mama

Bahama Mama

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
Caribbean Rum Punch

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.

Pina Colada
Pina Colada

Pina Colada

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.

Mai Tai
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).

Mojito
Mojito

Classic Mojito

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.

Lava Flow
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.

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. 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.

Iceberg or Mexican Bulldog
Iceberg or Mexican Bulldog

Iceberg

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.

Rum Runner
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. In it, you’ll find spiced rum, blackberry liqueur, crème de banana liqueur, orange juice, and grenadine. It can be served over ice orblended up to make a frozen drink unlike any other. Be careful, though. These are potent and delicious.

Strawberry Daiquiri
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.

Conclusion

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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Laura is the founder and editor of the travel blogs Savored Sips and Savored Journeys. She is dedicated to sharing the best information about drinks found around the world.

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