How to make your own tropical drinks

How to make your own tropical drinks

Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Amanda Stancati

If you can’t make it to the tropics, why not bring them to you? Here are 8 refreshing and heavenly drinks you can make at home!



The official cocktail of the British Virgin Islands and one of the most popular drinks in the Caribbean, the traditional Painkiller is a tasteful concoction of rum, coconut cream, and refreshing juices.


  • 2 oz. dark rum
  • 1 ½ oz. orange juice
  • 4 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. cream of coconut (i.e. Coco Lopez)
  • Orange or pineapple and cherry slide for garnish

Bahama Mama

A crowd-pleaser, the Bahama Mama is the perfect cure for a case of tropical blues. It is a famous drink infused with rum, coconut, pineapple and coffee flavours.


  • ¼ ounce coffee liqueur
  • ½ ounce dark rum
  • ¼ ounce rum
  • ½ lemon (juice)
  • 4 ounces of pineapple juice
  • Cherry or strawberry for garnish

Strawberry Daiquiri

strawberry daiquiri

Strawberry daiquiris are sweet frozen treats to compliment any day in the sun.


  • 5 frozen strawberries
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 ounces rum (or 1 ounce rum and 1 ounce raspberry/strawberry liqueur)
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice

Cayman Lemonade 

This delicious, but dangerous drink is an adult version of a pink lemonade. You are guaranteed to feel like you’re in the Cayman Islands with every sip.


  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. orange-flavoured liqueur (i.e. Triple Sec)
  • 1 oz. peach schnapps
  • Cranberry juice
  • Club soda
  • Lime

Pina Colada

pina colada

Renowned as the national drink of Puerto Rico, Pina Colada is a sweet, rum-based cocktail adored by many!


  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1 ½ ounces of cream coconut
  • Pineapple wedge and cherry for garnish


Developed in Mexico in the 1930s, a Margarita is a classic cocktail that often consists of tequila, Cointreau, and lime or lemon juice.

  • 1 ½ ounces tequila
  • ½ ounce orange flavoured liqueur (i.e. Triple Sec)
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Lime wedge for garnish
  • Salt or sugar to rim the glass (optional)



With the help of Ernest Hemingway, the Mojito has become an irresistible drink to travellers visiting the cultural landscape of Mexico. Grab the chance to make your own mojito and savour the taste of paradise.


  • ½ lime
  • 12 mint leaves
  • 1 ½ white rum
  • Club soda
  • Powdered sugar

Frozen Toasted Almond

A favourite drink in Trinidad and Tobago, Frozen Toasted Almond is known for its subtle sweetness.


  • 1 oz. almond-flavoured liqueur (i.e. amaretto liqueur)
  • ½ oz. Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • ½ oz. Baileys Original Irish Cream
  • 1 oz. vanilla ice cream
  • 1 scoop of ice

Do you fancy any of these tropical drinks? Share your thoughts below!

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