If you live in California, then you surely know how hot it can get; especially in Southern California. In fact, the news is full of with reports that it is about to get hotter in the southern parts of California like Los Angeles. One way for you to beat not only the heat but also forget it momentarily is to have a delicious and refreshing glass of a drink made with tropical rum. There are lots of different tropical drinks that you could whip up for yourself.
Here are 5 tropical drinks recipes that my husband and I absolutely love.
1. Bushwhacker Recipe
If you like the taste of chocolate and alcohol on your tongue, then this is the drink for you. Bushwhackers look delicious and taste delicious, but they are also quite heavy and can make you forget the heat in an instant. This tropical drinks recipe serves three and requires the following ingredients;
- 2 ounces of Coconut Rum
- 2 ounces of Vodka
- 2 ounces of Baileys
- 2 ounces of Kahlua
- 2 ounces of Amaretto
- 2 ounces of coconut cream
- Chocolate syrup
- A pinch of nutmeg (optional)
- 3 cups of Ice
To fix it up, sprinkle some of the chocolate syrup into a glass and leave it to rest. The second step is to put all the other ingredients (except the nutmeg) into a blender and blend with some ice. Now pour the solution into the glass and splash the nutmeg over it. You could also choose to add a floater of rum on top before sprinkling the nutmeg.
2. Dirty Banana
Do not let the name fool you. Dirty Banana is one of the most popular tropical drinks; especially in Jamaica from where it originates. If bananas are your favorite fruit, then you will absolutely love the sensation of washing this tropical rum drink down your throat. There are lots of different dirty banana recipes out there; however, this one is one of my all-time best. You will need;
- 2 ounces of Tia Maria
- 2 ounces of dark rum
- 2 ounces of rum cream liqueur
- 2 ounces of milk
- 1 ounce of simple syrup
- 3/4 of a banana
- Nutmeg, Cinnamon or Allspice
Mix all the ingredients together in a blender except the nutmeg/cinnamon/allspice. Make sure the final solution is thick and smooth before serving. Once in the glasses, sprinkle nutmeg, cinnamon or allspice over the top depending on what you like most (Personally, I like it with the cinnamon). Alternatively, you could add some Tia Maria on top to give it the extra edge. This tropical drinks recipe serves two.
3. Bahama Mama
This colorful tropical drink contains 3 different types of rum, lemon juice and pineapple juice which give it the typical tropical look. If you were having a dull day, then this drink will definitely light you up from the moment you set your eyes on it. A tropical recipe serving one glass would require;
- Half an ounce of light rum or coconut rum
- Half an ounce of 151-proof rum
- Half an ounce of dark rum
- 1 ounce of fresh lemon juice
- 3 ounces of fresh pineapple juice (unsweetened)
- A slice of pineapple or orange
- Maraschino cherry
To prepare it, shake all the ingredients together with some ice. Once satisfied, crush some ice, pour it into a glass and strain the mixture over the ice. Finally, dress it up with a slice of pineapple or orange and top it up with the maraschino cherry.
4. Caribbean Rum Punch
My husband and I have had the pleasure of sampling quite a number of rum punch tropical drinks recipes. Drinking this particular tropical drink on a hot sunny afternoon while sitting by the pool will make you think you are sailing peacefully somewhere in the Caribbean, enjoying the breeze and the serenity of the sea. A serving of two requires;
- Half an ounce of lime juice
- 4 ounces of orange juice
- 4 ounces of pineapple juice
- 1 and a half ounces of dark rum
- 1 and a half ounces of light rum
- Some grenadine (to add color)
- A slice of orange
- A cherry of your choosing
The Caribbean rum punch is one of the simplest tropical drinks to prepare. Firstly, mix all the ingredients together (except the slice of orange, cherry, and nutmeg). Put some ice into a glass then pour the mixture over the ice. Finally, sprinkle some nutmeg over the top, dress it up with the slice of orange and the cherry then sit back and enjoy the refreshing taste.
5. Pina Colada
Now, this list would not be complete without the Pina Colada. Not only is it Puerto Rico’s official drink, but it also happens to be my husband’s one of the favorite tropical drinks especially on a hot Sunday afternoon. He says it reminds him of basking on a tropical beach. There are varying recipes for this famous tropical drink. The one stated here is simple but very mouthwatering, not to mention refreshing.
- 4 ounces of pineapple juice
- 4 ounces of Coco Lopez coconut cream
- 3 ounces of light rum
- 2 cups of crushed ice
- A slice of orange or pineapple
To prepare, blend the pineapple juice, coconut cream, light rum and crushed ice together until the resulting mixture is smooth. If you prefer it thick, you can add some crushed ice. Once the mixture is smooth, pour it into a glass and sprinkle some fresh nutmeg over it. Finally, prettify it with the slice of orange or pineapple. This tropical drinks recipe serves two.