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What Are 9 top Caribbean Cocktails You Can Make At Home?

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What Are 9 top Caribbean Cocktails You Can Make At Home?

When you dream of flying down to the Tropics one of the first images in your head is likely to be you sipping Caribbean cocktails on a beach. The drink normally looks like something straight out of a movie. A rich blend of orgasmic liquids comprised of eye-popping colours with cuts of fruit in a tall glass of crushed ice.

Couple sipping Caribbean cocktails and eating breakfast at beachside hotel restaurant

Seeing the drink alone, however, is not believing. The proof is in the eating well the driving in this case. When you let that delicious blend hit the back of your throat your taste buds normally go ‘wow’ when they realize that they have been missing out on yummy tantalizing flavours for some time..

Unfortunately whizzing off these days to the Caribbean has become much more difficult with Covid..19 So if you cannot come to the Caribbean then we are going to have to settle for the next best thing, bringing the Caribbean to you.

The 9 best Caribbean Cocktails You Can Make at Home Without a Bartender.

If you planning on heading to the Tropics or going to have an Island theme party we got you covered with these 9 best Caribbean Cocktails. First up is Cuba Libre which will have you dancing salsa after a couple. This is quickly followed by several Caribbean classics including the Barbados Rum Punch, Daiquiri, Mojito, and Pina Colada from Puerto Rico. Bringing up the rear but no less enjoyable you have El Presidente, the Painkiller from the BVI, Bermuda’s Dark and Stormy and Martinique’s Ti punch. Now follow me for the details on how to make these killer Caribbean cocktails.

1) Cuba Libre Cocktail

Cuba Libre, long island iced tea Caribbean cocktail with strong alcohol, cola, lime, crushed ice, tropical background with starfish, palm leaves

Although it is Rum & Coke mixed with a squeezed lime, the thing that makes this drink so iconic is the fact that it was allegedly doubled as a toast for a free Cuba.

It’s one of the easiest Caribbean cocktails you can make and was named after the drink’s origins in the early 1900s when the country gained independence from Spain in the Spanish-American war.

It’s a popular drink worldwide today, likely because it is affordable and simple to make. Cuba Libre is a simple rum and coke cocktail with a twist. You just can’t think about it enough.

You have everything you need – two ounces of light liquor (ideally, something Cuban like Bacardi), half of a lime, and a can of Coke.

A glass bottle is best to pay homage to the original recipe. Squeeze the lime juice in a highball glass, and add the rum to the glass. Then, add the soda and stir. You can then daydream about being in a street-side in Havana as you take your first sip.

2) El Presidente

Boozy Refreshing Rum El Presidente Caribbean Cocktail with an Orange Garnish

This drink is not what you might expect from a Caribbean classic. It’s best enjoyed in a dark wood-paneled bar rather than a sun-soaked swim-up.

It combines white rum with orange curacao, dry vermouth, and grenadine to create a romantic red colour.

Marie prepares her Ti’punch by cutting a slice from lime and pressing it into a small glass. Mix in a teaspoon brown sugar, and then add about two ounces white Rhum Agricole, Stirred with ice.

3) Dark ‘n Stormy, Bermuda

Dark and Stormy Rum Cocktail with Lime and Ginger Beer

The two-ingredient Dark ‘n Stormy drink is easy to make and delicious. It’s an important part of Bermudian culture and history. The Ginger Beer comes from the Royal British Navy and the Black Seal Rum is from the Goslings Brothers.

Make your own Dark ‘n’ Stormy by filling a glass with lots of ice. The ginger beer should be left alone. Next, add the rum. Finally, “float” the rum by slowly pouring it on top.

4) Mojitos from Cuba

One of the most classic Caribbean cocktails, the Mojito, with a beach in the background

Mojitos are more labour-intensive than the average mixed drink, but anyone who has spent a weekend in Havana, (the birthplace of the Mojito), knows that the result is well worth it. This rum classic is refreshing and cool. It’s usually made with sugar, lime, and white rum.

Because of the effort required to mix fresh mint in the bottom, bartenders hate making Mojitos. They are still enjoyable to drink, even if you consider all the effort that goes into making a good Mojito.

This drink only requires a handful of ingredients. Gloria Estefan, a Cuban-born restaurateur, voted by CNN Travel to be in the top 20 restaurants in Miami is the best to ask for a recipe. She has shared her famously made mojitos at Larios on the Beach and her other Miami restaurants and hotels.

Estefan suggests combining two teaspoons of sugar, 10 fresh mint leaves, and half a lemon in a shaker.

Mix the mint and then add two ounces of Bacardi Superior Rum.. Shake with ice. Fill a tall glass with club soda and garnish with a mint sprig and a straw.

5) Painkiller from the British Virgin Islands

Glass of Painkiller cocktail on wooden background

The fruity, yet potent painkiller is best enjoyed close to the water. But even if you don’t have your toes in the sand, the drink will transport you to a new world. It’s an island drink made with island ingredients.

You will need to make your own painkiller. To do this, you will need two ounces of Pusser’s dark rum, four ounces of pineapple juice, and one ounce of coconut cream and orange juice. Mix all ingredients in a shaker. Add ice to the shaker and top with nutmeg. Drink and feel your worries drift away.

6) Barbados Rum Punch

glass of chilled cocktail rum punch and sunglasses on table near the beach

Many Caribbean islands offer their own version of rum punch. This is no surprise considering rum’s popularity and ability to blend well with almost any juice.

If you are looking for a recipe, take a look at Mount Gay Barbados, which is the birthplace of the oldest (1703) rum distillery in the world.

You need two ounces of rum, one ounce of lime juice, 3/4 ounce of simple syrup, and three dashes of Angostura bitters. Mix the ingredients in a shaker. Add ice to shake and then top with bitters, a fresh slice of lime, and nutmeg.

7) Daiquiri

A delcious frozen strawberry daiquiri or Daiquiry cocktail, one of the most sought after Caribbean cocktails

It can be made with demerara syrup, which adds depth and flavor. Then it is shaken until it reaches lip-smacking perfection. It’s a Rum Sour made with the Caribbean holy trio of sugar, rum, and lime juice. It’s magic when it is made with good quality rum.

8) Pina Colada from Puerto Rico

This frothy pineapple-coconut drink was created at the Caribe Hotel, San Juan in 1954. It has since become one of the most popular blender drinks.

The Pina colada is one of the most representative cocktails of the Caribbean, or vacation in general. Locals and tourists alike have become familiar with the Puerto Rican cocktail.

It was created at San Juan’s Caribe Hilton hotel in 1954. Almost every bar in Puerto Rico has it and most homes. The recipe does not require any plugging. Instead, it uses pebble ice and an old-fashioned shaker.

9) Martinique’s Ti’punch

La Dunette restaurant, Sainte-Anne, Martinique, France/11.2018 A self-serve ti-punch bar.

The Ti’ Punch is a great way to enjoy Rhum Agricole, a grassy rum made in Martinique and other French-speaking Caribbean islands.

Together with Rhum Agricole, you need cane sugar and half a lime. However, everyone seems to have their own version. It’s no wonder that it is Martinique’s national beverage

The mixture of rum and sugar can be delivered at different times throughout the day, such as before meals, after meals, or for mid-day drinks with friends.

Aurelie Marie, a bartender, and the recent winner of Ti’Punch Cup says that Ti’punch is as important to Martinique as tea in the U.K.

Ti punch a simple drink. That is what makes it so special. Every drinker can make their own mix, sweetening, strengthening, or souring it.


These easy-to-make cocktails will transport you to the Caribbean on days when you don’t have to leave your home.

Without a doubt, these Caribbean classics will make you feel like you’re in the Tropics. Whether you’re at the pool, on the beach, or in your living space, these tropical favorites will take your breath away. Admittedly, they are not the only Caribbean drinks however they are the most well-known, easy to make and loved.

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What’s your favourite Caribbean cocktail? Leave us a comment and let us know. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Meg Carson
    Posted at 13:20h, 30 September Reply

    Hey there, what a great post!

    Its so hard to find recipes for cocktails that are different, its always the same, Pornstar Martinis and Sex On The Beach, I’m so glad I found this post! Which cocktail is your favourite if you had to pick one? I’ll be bookmarking this page for inspiration for next summer’s party season!

    • Melting Pot
      Posted at 13:27h, 30 September Reply

      Meg I am always partial to a Mojito. There is a particular Firecracker one that will knock your socks off.

  • Sariyah
    Posted at 12:55h, 02 October Reply

    Hey awesome article!

    The description and pictures definitely got me feeling thirsty. They all look thirst quenching! I haven’t had a Pina colada but I feel like o would love it as I generally love pineapple and coconut drinks. They’re my favourite. The Barbados rum probably for me has the attractive colouring. But in their own way all the Carribbean cocktails have a unique beautiful taste to them.

    • Melting Pot
      Posted at 12:38h, 03 October Reply

      Sariyah you are really missing out if you have not had a Pina Colada as yet. Next time you are out on the town and they have it on the menu go ahead and try one. I would love to hear what your impression is. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Cogito
    Posted at 11:17h, 05 October Reply

    Thank you for a great post. I was in the Caribbean a few years ago and the cocktails I was drinking then were some of the best in my life. It’s a great idea to try to do them at home, just to bring memories of this trip. I know how to do Cuba Libre, but some of your recipes are completely new for me. Especially Painkiller and Daiquiri looks great and I can’t wait to serve them on my next house party.

    • Melting Pot
      Posted at 11:51h, 05 October Reply

      Cogito it sounds like your next home party lime is going to have a ripping Caribbean Cocktail flavour that is going to be a hit. Enjoy!

  • Steve
    Posted at 11:00h, 07 October Reply

    This is the kind of stuff that makes both friends and enemies green with envy when you post on Instagram! They might look elaborate in preparation but as you’ve pointed to us here, it is not that at all. Covid-19 did slow holidaying to the Caribbean in its tracks but we do not have to stop enjoying these kinds of cocktails. Thanks for pointing the ingredients out, will make a point of trying one as the ingredients are within reach where I stay.

    • Melting Pot
      Posted at 12:11h, 07 October Reply

      Nice one Steve. Let me know when you do.

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