10 Best Bahamian Cocktails To Sip On The Beach
PHOTO: Whatever your taste, there’s a drink for you in the Bahamas (Courtesy Nassau Paradise Island)
What, you’re going to go to Nassau Paradise Island and drink bottled water?
You’re practically sitting in the drawing room of the inventors of the island cocktails, so you at least have to try one.
Vacations are about kicking back with a drink in your hand and the sandy beach at your feet, but what cocktail should you order that goes along perfectly with your R&R?
The Bahamas have plenty of liquid refreshments to select from, especially a wide variety of rum cocktails. Bibulous visitors might want to tie their vacation into one of the rum jubilees, such as the annual Rum Bahamas Festival.
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In the meantime, here are 10 island cocktails that you can consider choosing from the next time you’re headed to the Bahamas.
Bahama Mama: You simply can’t go to the Bahamas without ordering a Bahama Mama, a fruity rum cocktail blended with their island pineapple juice and orange juice.
Goombay Smash: Light, dark and coconut rums, some pineapple juice and apricot brandy (depending on who you ask) make up this cocktail that’s named after a form of Bahamian music and the drum that is used to create it.
Yellow Bird: Light rum and a splash of Triple sec and vanilla liquor is what this Yellow Bird sings about.
Sky Juice: This cocktail is a staple in the Bahamas made from part rum, coconut water and some sweetened condensed milk with a sprinkle of nutmeg.
Planter’s Punch: Almost always associated with dark and coconut rum, the Planter’s Punch packs a lot into the drink, including orange and pineapple juices, Grenadine and bitters.
Pina Colada: Whether you like getting caught in the rain or like to bask on the beach, a Pina Colada is the perfect swill. It’s a sweet cocktail made with rum, coconut cream or coconut milk, and pineapple juice, usually served either blended or shaken with ice. Don’t forget the umbrella!
Margarita: Whether you want it shaken, blended or straight up, the margarita is an easy cocktail choice. Made with tequila, triple sec and lime or lemon juice, with that cool-looking rim of salt on the glass, it’s the perfect beach choice.
Calypso Sun: Again, it’s that great combination of rum, cream of coconut and pineapple that will have you up off your beach towel and dancing in no time.
Bahamas Punch: Bahamas Punch is a fruity rum-based drink made with orange and pineapple juices, Malibu coconut rum, Campari bitters, white rum and named after, what else, its Caribbean islands namesake.
Bahamas Bay Breeze: Finishing out this list is a drink that forgoes the rum and instead includes a mix of vodka, cranberry and pineapple juices, and topped off with a wedge of lime.
So much to choose from, but that’s the best part about enjoying a cocktail on the beach of the Bahamas – there’s something for everyone.
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