If you’re at home right now, you’re probably still dreaming about the Caribbean. And for those of us who can’t be in the region right now, there are still some ways to rediscover the Caribbean in your own home.
One particularly delicious way is by making a cocktail — and some of the Caribbean’s top hotels have you covered.
We’ve collected a series of recipes from top places to stay in destinations ranging from Cancun to Turks and Caicos, offering up a slice of the Caribbean to take a little bit of the edge off.
Here are some Caribbean cocktails to make right now.
This exotic cocktail straight from JW Marriott Cancun’s 150 Margaritas Menu strikes the perfect balance between the smoky notes of mezcal and the refreshing and tropical hints of orange.
- 1 ½ oz Tequila (Preferably Tierra Noble Reposado)
- 1 oz Cointreau
- 1 oz Mezcal
- ½ oz Simple syrup
- 1 oz Orange juice
- ¾ oz Lemon juice
- Tajin seasoning for rim
Pour all ingredients in a shaker glass and muddle together. Add ice and shake. Line the glass rim with Tajin seasoning (if available). Pour ingredients into the glass, and garnish with an orange slice. Enjoy.
Caña Bar + Kitchen, Curaçao
Transport your tastebuds to the tropical Dutch island of Curaçao with this refreshing pineapple and tequila infusion.
- 1 ¾ oz Blanco Tequila (preferably Don Julio Blanco)
- 1 ½ oz Fresh Pineapple Juice
- 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- ⅓ oz Fresh Ginger Juice
- ½ oz Agave Nectar
Add all ingredients to a shaker. Shake and fine strain in a tumbler with crushed ice. Top up with crushed ice and serve.
The resort’s enchanting backdrop of Grace Bay Beach, paired with mixologist Paolo Pattitucci’s European travels, inspired the flavors of this vibrant cocktail.
- 1 ½ oz Star of Bombay Gin
- 1 teaspoon Organic Raspberry Jam
- 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- ¾ oz Ginger & Lemongrass Syrup
- 1 ¼ oz Fresh Pineapple Juice
- Fresh raspberries
Combine all of the above ingredients on ice in a cocktail mixer. Shake for a few seconds then double-strain in a martini coupe glass. Garnish with fresh raspberries.
Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Straight from the birthplace of the piña colada, this recipe dates back to the 1950’s and is one of the most popular tropical cocktails to date.
- 2 oz Rum (we recommend Puerto Rico’s Ron del Barrilito)
- 1 oz Coconut Cream
- 1 oz Heavy Cream
- 6 oz Pineapple Juice
- ½ cup Crushed Ice
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.
Mango lovers can tap into the tastes of the island Saint Lucia with a delicious blend of fresh mango, lime juice and rum.
- 1 ½ oz Bounty Rum
- 3 oz Fresh Mango Puree
- 1 teaspoon Lime Juice
- 1 teaspoon Simple Syrup
- 1 dash of Bitters
Put the rum, mango puree, lime juice and bitters in a shaker. Cover and shake quick and hard. Strain into a large tumbler filled with ice. Garnish with a fresh mango slice.
Sip the refreshing flavors of the ‘One Happy Island’ with an aloe-inspired concoction mixed with ginger beer, mint and fresh lemon.
- 1 ¼ oz Vodka
- 2 oz Aloe Vera Juice
- ¼ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- ¼ oz Simple Syrup
- 4 oz Ginger Beer
- Mint Leaves
Fill a copper mule mug or a rocks glass with ice. Add vodka, aloe vera juice, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup to the glass. Top with ginger beer and stir gently. Garnish with mint leaves.
Hedonism II, Negril, Jamaica
Dating back to the mid-18th century, this cocktail has a history of making patrons ‘swizzle’ around the dance floor (or their living rooms) after a few.
- 1 oz Rum
- 1 ½ Lime Juice
- 3 dashes of Bitters
- Club Soda
- 2 dashes of Fruit Syrup
Pour rum, lime juice, bitters, and fruit syrup ingredients into a glass filled with ice, add club soda and stir. Garnish with a cherry and pineapple slice.