5 Cocktails You NEED To Try On Your Caribbean Sailing Trip
Whether you’re soaking in the sunshine beachside or partying the night away, there’s an ideal cocktail accompaniment for every single slice of your sailing trip.
1. The Mojito
The signature drink of Cuba, the mojito can be traced back to the 16th century with Francis Drake enjoying a combination of rum, lime and crushed mint leaves. Its modern cool credentials come from Ernest Hemingway and James Bond, with this refreshing cocktail the perfect accompaniment to every ocean side afternoon during your Caribbean adventure.
2. You MUST Sample the Antiguan Smile
Combining rum, ultra-fresh pineapple juice, crème de banana and plenty of ice, this shaken cocktail is also garnished with a few slices of the famous Antiguan black pineapple. Gloriously decadent and certain to put a smile on your face, your cocktail adventures will not be complete without a sip of this fruity wonder.
3. Planter’s Punch
A Jamaican staple, traditional planters punch offsets the dark rum and lemon juice with sweet grenadine syrup and spicy Angostura bitters, resulting in a uniquely warming and smooth cocktail, ideal for every late-night beach party. There are also lighter versions, mixing light rum, grenadine and pineapple juice, and you’ll definitely see why Planter’s Punch is essentially considered a way of life in the Caribbean.
4. The Bahama Mama
Widely regarded as the first cocktail made during Prohibition, the Bahama Mama pulls no punches with two different rums and plethora of variations, some of which include coconut or coffee liqueurs. Often available in an array of colours (v. instagrammable!) and sometimes served in a coconut, we don’t think it’s possible to go wrong with one of these.
5. The Pina Colada
The invention of the pina colada is said to have occurred in 1914, entirely by accident. Coconut cutters had gone on strike and Ricardo Garcia decided to use pineapples to serve his iconic Coco-Loco cocktail. The addition of filtered pineapple and finely crushed ice resulted in the birth of the pina colada, and we reckon we’re all pretty grateful for Mr Garcia’s quick thinking!