Tropical Cocktail Recipes

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Tropical Cocktail Recipes

Five Timeless Tropical Cocktail Recipes

There’s nothing like an ice-cold cocktail on a hot summer day. Ideally, tropical cocktails, with their luscious fruity flavours and spicy, rum-infused aromas, should be enjoyed in a hammock overlooking the ocean. And even if you can’t catch the next flight out to the Caribbean, don’t despair. Here are five timeless cocktail recipes that are guaranteed to bring the beach to you, turquoise waters and all!


This, the national drink of Cuba, is one of the most refreshing tropical cocktails in the world. It was born on the sultry streets of Old Havana, combining the sweetness of lime with the freshness of mint – and a cheeky splash of rum

Take a tall Collins glass and fill it with two wedges of lime and 10 leaves of mint. Muddle these ingredients together, releasing the juice from the lime and the oils from the mint. Add two more lime wedges, with 2 teaspoons of sugar, and mi. Finally, top the whole mixture with 30 ml of light rum, ice, and soda water. Mix well, and get ready to do the Mambo.

Pina Colada

This is the quintessential tropical cocktail and the national drink of Puerto Rico. It blends the mouth-watering flavours of pineapple and coconut with aromatic light rum. This is the ultimate drink for enjoying lazy days on white, powdery sands.

Take 55ml of light rum, and mix with three tablespoons of thick coconut cream. Add three tablespoons of fresh, crushed pineapple. Pour all of these ingredients into an electric blender with 2 cups of ice. Whizz until smooth, pour into a Collins glass, and garnish with a sexy maraschino cherry.


This Brazilian legend was born in Sao Paolo. It was originally derived from a recipe that was purported to treat the Spanish Flu, but now, it’s one of the world’s most popular beachside cocktails. The essential ingredient is cachaca, hard liquor derived from sugarcane.

Grab a short rocks glass, and squeeze in the juice from two lime wedges. Throw in the spent wedges and add a teaspoon of white sugar. Muddle the sugar and the wedges together, and finally, top with 70ml of punchy cachaca. Add ice, and stir thoroughly.

Mai Tai

This drink conjures the languid romance of the Polynesian islands. The story goes that its creator, Victor Bergeran from California, mixed the cocktail together while on holiday with his friends in Tahiti. After tasting the innovative new drink, one friend cried “Maita’i roa’ae!” meaning “out of this world” in Tahitian.

Fill a mixing glass with 45ml of spiced rum, 45ml of coconut rum, 1 teaspoon of grenadine, 90ml of pineapple juice, 60ml of orange juice and one cup of ice. Shake everything together vigorously, and strain into a tall glass. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a colourful little umbrella.

Singapore Sling

This sexy South East Asian drink was created in 1915 by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. It was originally called a “gin sling.” It has undergone many revisions and adjustments over the years, but nothing beats the original.

Fill a shaker with ice, 30ml of gin, 15ml of cherry brandy, 15ml of lime juice, 7ml of Cointreau, and 7ml of Benedictine Herbal Liquor. Add 8.5ml of grenadine, a dash of Angostura Bitters, and top with 115ml of pineapple juice. Shake well, until the mixing glass is frosted, and strain into a tall glass. Garnish with pineapple and cherry.

It’s time to get out of the house, set up the deckchairs and put on your favourite beach music mix. No matter what the time of year, these tropical cocktails will get you in the mood for summer.