Resorts in Places Like Florida and the Caribbean Worship the Sun all Year with Tropical Cocktails
From Barbados & Puerto Rico in the Caribbean to Miami & Daytona in Florida, many places never have to say adios to summer. These places let you enjoy their beaches, pools and the great outdoors with a tropical drink by your side. Where would you like to visit?
Celebrity Aruba Ariba
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Kick it back and sip on the flavors of the ‘One Happy Island’. The rum-centric Celebrity Aruba Ariba is served up in the Lobby of the 414-room Aruba Marriott Resort, and puts a twist on an island classic. Imbibe with a taste of the island and Caribbean rum with this refreshing and topical concoction.
Ingredients: 1.0 oz Grey Goose Vodka, 1.0 oz Tanqueray Rum, 0.25 oz Banana Liquor, 0.75 oz Grand Marnier, Dash of Grenadine, 1.0 oz Orange juice, 1.0 oz Pineapple juice
Directions: Add ingredients to shaker with ice and shake. Strain in to tall glass with ice and garnish with orange slice. Enjoy!
Circa 39, Miami Beach FL
Located in the heart of Miami Beach, Circa 39 is a colorful and eclectic boutique hotel. At the property’s rum-focused WunderBar, guests can sip their way through the Caribbean more than 75 different rums, mixed and matched to create custom craft cocktails or personalized rum flights. Grab some friends and celebrate National Rum Day by mixing up a pitcher of Spanish Sangria for everyone to enjoy!
Ingredients: Recipe for one 1 Pitcher / 7 servings: 1 Lemon, 1 Lime, 1 Orange, 1 Apple, 1 cup Grapes, 1.5 cups Flor de Caña Oro, 4 years, 5 cup white sugar, 1 bottle Campo Viejo Rioja, Tempranilo, 1 cup Orange juice
Instructions: Slice the fruit into medium pieces, mix ingredients! If you have the time, refrigerate sangria for 3 to 4 hours and up to overnight before serving. Garnish with strawberries or any other decorative fresh fruit as well.
Bajan Rum Punch
Some call it Barbados, but locals know it as the birthplace of rum. Home to more than 1500 rum shops and the Mount Gay Rum factory, it’s only fitting to celebrate this August with Colony Club’s signature Bajan Rum Punch. Chill out and ‘lime’ by the beach with the refreshing fruity concoction. Infused with lime juice, a dash of Angostura bitters, a hint of nutmeg and a falernum floater, this drink certainly packs a punch.Served in a specially made glass jar atop a palm tray with ice and two rock glasses, this secret recipe is made fresh daily by the expert bartenders.
1.5 oz Mount Gay Eclipse
1 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 oz Lime Juice
4 oz Water
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 dash Ground Nutmeg
1/2 oz Velvet Falernum
Directions: Mix all ingredients (except Falernum) in a Collins glass over ice. Float Falernum and finish with one dash of Angostura and garnish with a lemon wheel and cherry.
Caña Bar + Kitchen / Curaçao
Caña Bar + Kitchen is a tapas bar and restaurant located within the trendy district of Pietermaai, which is often compared to Wynwood in Miami. Caña is Curaçao’s first gastropub that serves up Latin-Caribbean small plates like tacos and local fish ceviches with a cocktail menu heavy on pisco, rum and tequila that gives suggestions on which complements each dish. A crowd favorite rum cocktail, named La Rumba, blends ginger, pineapple, and lime juice with aged rum and spices to create a rum lover’s dream while on a tropical getaway to the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao.
Ingredients: 1 3/4 oz. Aged Rum, 1 1/2 oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice, 1/2 oz. Fresh Ginger Juice, 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice, 1/3 oz. Cinnamon Syrup, 1/3 oz. Orgeat
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake it like it owes you money. Double strain in a chilled cocktail coupe and garnish with a few drops of Angostura bitters. With a tip of barspoon draw figurines with your bitters and enjoy.
The Original Piña Colada
Caribe Hilton / Puerto Rico
Hilton’s first international hotel when it opened in 1949, Caribe Hilton San Juan was an epochal celebrity hang-out in its glory days. In 1954, bartender Ramón “Monchito” Marrero created the original piña colada recipe and served the drink at the hotel for 35 years. In 1978, it was declared the official drink of Puerto Rico and in 2004, the property was presented with an official government proclamation in support of the cocktail’s 50th anniversary. Marking the island’s tourism comeback, Caribe Hilton just unveiled a $150 million renovation, giving travelers a new reason to visit La Isla del Encanto and sit back in the sunshine with this fan-favorite tropical drink.
Ingredients: 2 oz. rum, 1 oz. Lopez coconut cream, 1 oz. heavy cream, 6 oz. pineapple juice, ½ cup crushed ice
Directions: Mix rum, cream of coconut, heavy cream and pineapple juice in a blender. Add ice and mix for 15 seconds. Serve in a 12-oz. glass and garnish with fresh pineapple and a cherry.
Gulf Coast Hurricane
Lido Beach Resort
Get ready to have a cocktail that is sure to pack a punch named after Florida’s world famous hurricanes this is sure to be one you can enjoy. Served at the Lido Beach Resort’s famed poolside Tiki Bar, a favorite among locals and guests alike, this is a perfect place to mingle over tropical cocktails and enjoy southwest Florida’s breathtaking sunsets.
Ingredients: .75 oz. Bacardi. .5 oz. Bacardi Black, 1.25 oz. orange juice. 1.25 oz. pineapple, Pinch of Nutmeg and a splash of bitters
Directions: Shake all and enjoy!
The Checkered Flag
Travelers this spring can be among the first to stay at The DAYTONA — a brand new Marriott Autograph Collection property that opened its doors in April. Features of the 144-room property include racing inspired design touches like vintage show cars on display year-round, a moonshine distillery partnership, and The Blue Flame bar, which features a menu of racing-inspired cocktails with a unique twist that rev guests up for a great vacation.
Ingredients: 2 oz. Bacardi Rum, 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice, 0.75 oz. Giffard Orgeat, 0.25 oz Cointreau, 5 Mint leaves
Directions: Combine all ingredients into a small shaker, add ice and shake twenty times. Strain into rocks glass over crushed ice and garnish with mint sprig, dehydrated lime, and mini checkered flag.
Cucumber and Watermelon Mojito
Wymara Resort & Villas
Relax on the iconic Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, with a classic rum cocktail from Wymara Resort & Villas – a sleek boutique resort that has earned a spot among Turks + Caicos trendiest locales.
Ingredients: 1 oz. Fresh lime juice, 1 oz. Sugar syrup, 7 Mint Leaves, 2 Fresh Watermelon Slices, 2 Slices of Fresh Cucumber, 2 oz. Local Light Rum (Bambarra or Other), Splash of Club Soda
Directions: In a shaker add 1oz of lime juice, 1 oz of sugar syrup, two slices of watermelon and two slices of cucumber, muddle together and add Bambarra light rum. Shake and fine strain in a tall glass. Add seven mint leafs, ice and top up with club soda. Garnish with slice of watermelon, cucumber and mint spring.
Ernest Loves Playa
Playa Largo Resort & Spa / Key Largo, FL
A trip to the oceanfront Playa Largo Resort & Spa in Key Largo gives travelers a taste of a tropical Caribbean vacation without leaving the country. In celebration of National Rum Day, Playa will be serving up an ode to the infamous Ernest Hemingway. The Ernest Loves Playa cocktails packed with citrus flavors by combining rum, grapefruit elixir, lemon juice, egg whites, topped off with a couple dashes of Angostura bitters and garnished with a candied grapefruit rind.
Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Bacardi Platinum, .75 oz. Grapefruit Elixir, .75 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice, .5 oz. Egg whites, 2 dashes Angostura Bitters, Garnish- Candied Grapefruit Rind
Directions: Add all ingredients to shaker starting with egg white and lemon juice first and dry shake without ice. Add remaining ingredients with ice and shake until chilled. Strain, garnish with candied grapefruit rind and enjoy in a rocks glass.