The 5 Best Caribbean Cocktails You Need to Make Right Now!
It probably wouldn’t surprise you to know that the Caribbean region is the birthplace of some of the most delectable cocktails in the world. After all, whoever coined the term ‘cocktail hour’ was probably gallivanting about this idyllic place on a luxurious yacht.
And, in case you’ve ever wondered, the answer is yes. Every hour is “cocktail hour” on a Caribbean yacht charter!
Like everyone the world over, you’re probably itching to get on a plane and come explore this tropical playground for yourself. Although we can’t transport a palm fringed island to your living room, we can bring you the delectable tastes of the Caribbean instead. The next best thing!
Here’s a collection of our five best Caribbean cocktails – with the added bonus of authentic recipes so you can recreate at least a smidgen of your most dreamed-about yacht charter vacation at home.
So crank up the heat, put on your swimmers, blast some inspiring Caribbean music and press pause on all that 2020 anxiety.
It’s time to virtually drink it up, Caribbean style!
Milk of Amnesia – Anegada, BVI
The place: We don’t know about you, but we feel that an intoxicating dose of amnesia is the only real antidote to 2020. We’re talking about the kind of amnesia you can only ever enjoy on Anegada, one of the BVI’s most resplendent isles. Anegada is tiny – barely 14mi² - built it’s the kind of place that makes every mile count. Drenched in verdant wilderness, inhabited by iguanas and flamingoes and framed by blinding-white sandy beaches and coral reefs, Anegada is the kind of place you dream about when you crave to get away from it all.
Never heard of it? You’re not the only one! Anegada is one of the BVI’s best-kept secrets and since we’ve let the cat out of the bag (#sorrynotsorry). we may as well really put our foot in it and tell you all about its signature cocktail.
The Drink: The Anegada Amnesia is one of the special delights concocted at the Anegada Reef Hotel beach bar, a simple shack nestled in silky-soft sand, overlooking resplendent Setting Point. A blend of Amaretto, Kahlua, vodka and milk, this amnesia-in-a-glass has the power to transport you anywhere you want to be. In Anegada, it may just be a few feet to the left. At home, it may just be snorkeling the turquoise seas of the Caribbean.
The Recipe: It’s near-impossible to pin down the exact recipe (insider secrets and all that!) but a fail-safe amnesia recipe is 2 ounces each of vodka, Kahlua and Amaretto, stirred with 4 ounces of milk (chocolate-flavored for the win) and served on ice.
Painkiller – Jost Van Dyke, BVI
The Place: This BVI treasure, named after a Dutch pirate, is a must-visit on Caribbean yacht charters and sits at the meeting point of the Atlantic and the Caribbean seas. A little over half the size of Anegada, JVD is easy to miss. Once you anchor at White Bay and soak up the spectacle, it’s just about impossible to forget. Here, everyone’s first stop is always the Soggy Dollar Bar, so named because when boat guests swim ashore for a delightful beverage (as most do) they inevitably pay for their drinks with soggy dollar bills!
The Drink: The Soggy Dollar Bar is the birthplace of The Painkiller, which is now arguably the most iconic cocktail served in the BVI. Yes, you will find this delicious creation served all over the archipelago, but there’s something about savoring it here, where its journey began, that makes the experience infinitely more rewarding. The drop in question? That’ll be dark rum and cream of coconut, mixed with fresh orange and pineapple juices and topped with a dusting of nutmeg.
How’s that for a vitamin-loaded mix?
The Recipe: Press play on the Soggy Dollar Bar Webcam to set the mood, grab a shaker and pour in 2 ounces of dark rum (the dark variety is essential), 1 ounce each of coconut cream and orange juice and 4 ounces of pineapple juice. Shake that baby like it’s no one’s business, pour over crushed ice and grate a pinch of fresh nutmeg right over its noggin. Next, simply sip, sway, savor and sail away…
Bahama Mama – The Bahamas
The Place: The Bahamas certainly don’t need an introduction – if there’s a poster-child for Caribbean yacht charter vacations, this maze of ridiculously beautiful islands would certainly be it. The Bahamas comprise more than 700 islands and 2000 picturesque rocky outcrops, all floating happily in an area of sapphire-hued seas that covers more than 100,000 square miles.
Need we say more?
If you’re busting to visit, then you definitely need to start with a Bahama Mama.
The Drink: A cocktail combining three different types of rum as base ingredients, the Bahama Mama was first dreamed-up during the times of US prohibition – and we all know what happens when something’s prohibited, right? Yes…I’ll drink all three simultaneously, thanks! The classic Bahama Mama is a thing of the past nowadays, with almost every bar in the archipelago creating its own version. Fresh fruit juices are always a must and some super funky garnishes wouldn’t go amiss.
The Recipe: Choose your pouring shot-glass and combine 1 part dark, 1 part white and ½ part coconut rum with 1 part pineapple juice and 2 parts orange juice. Add a generous squeeze of fresh lime juice and pour. For the garnish, try rum-soaked cherries and wedges of fresh pineapple. And don’t forget the cocktail umbrella, of course.
Ting ‘n Sting – St Kitts & Nevis
The Place: In the 18th century, St Kitts was the sugar cane growing capital of the region and, in the 21st, it’s become the belle of the southern Caribbean ball, alongside its sister island, Nevis. The embodiment of tropical paradise, St Kitts is all about tall swaying palm trees, soft sand and deep blue seas, not to mention head-spinning cocktails made from CSR (Cane Spirit Rothschild), a locally-brewed, sugar cane white rum.
The Drink: The signature drink in St Kitts & Nevis, and the best refreshment after a full day in the sun, is the Ting ‘n Sting. Ting is a bubbly soft-drink flavored with grapefruit juice, a thirst-quenching powerhouse in the Caribbean. The kick in the cocktail is served up by a generous pour of CSR. Revered for its purity and distinct lack of hangover effects, St Kitt’s distinctive rum is the quintessential mixer in this neck of the woods.
Antigua Smile – Antigua & Barbuda
The Place: If there’s one Caribbean yachting destination that’s bound to bring a beaming smile to your face, it would have to be Antigua. With its rich colonial history, bevy of celebrity residents and distinct volcanic topography (as opposed to Barbuda, which is primarily coral), Antigua is favored by yacht charter guests because it famously boasts 365 pristine beaches – one for every single day of the year! Oozing class, culture, fabulous architecture and fabulous food, Antigua is simply unmissable. And so is its imitable cocktail.
The Drink: Refreshing and addictively delicious, the Antigua Smile mixes rum with a creamy banana liqueur and fresh pineapple juice, creating the mother-of-all cocktail smoothies. We hear the antioxidant properties of this cocktail are off the charts. Probably.
The Recipe: Fancy a drink for one? Then mix 2oz of white rum, 1oz crème de banana and 4oz pineapple juice and shake it all about. In Antigua, your Smile will undoubtedly be garnished with local black pineapple (reputedly the sweetest pineapple in the world) but, at home, an orange segment will certainly do the trick
Making the five best Caribbean cocktails at home will certainly help you cope with travel restrictions right now, but if you’re looking for a shining bright light at the end of the COVID-tunnel, check out the best Caribbean Superyacht Charters for 2020/2021 and contact us to know more.