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Best Tropical Drinks for your Vacation

Are you looking for the best tropical drinks to order while you are on vacation? Well, we got plenty of good ideas. These cool libations will immediately transport you to somewhere exotic with their sweet and delightful flavors. Currently, you might be thinking of going somewhere warm, maybe somewhere beachside and the best thing you can honor this pleasure is with a number of beachside mixed drink options. Just think of swinging in a hammock with the sound of gentle waves lapping the shore. Ahhh… Remember, island time is a good time. When you click on an affiliate link of ours and buy something below, we will receive a small commission, at no extra charge to you. So, let’s transport you to your favorite resort where you can order any of these tempting tropical drinks which are not to be missed. Let’s get you started.


25. Tiki Teacup

If you look at this cocktail, you will have an ‘aw’ moment because it’s that cute, but, this tropical drink definitely packs a punch. Starting off our list of the top tropical drinks to order, it is certainly one of the most interesting looking cocktails out there. The Tiki Teacup is made up of about two different types of rum, white tea, pineapple and lime juice and is topped with hibiscus syrup. It sometimes is complemented with a tropical flower on the top or side. This teacup will make your afternoon tea a lot more exciting while on vacation.

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24. Happy Island Rum Bacardi

If you happen to be staying at Happy Island in the Grenadines, we’ll find you one very good way to make you happy. The Happy Island Rum Bacardi is the welcome drink of the breathing island. It is also an exclusive drink to the island of Aruba, as to be enjoyed at the La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino which is located right on Eagle Beach.  This tempting sensation consists of Malibu coconut rum, triple sec, peach schnapps, grenadine and pineapple juice. We hope this concoction puts you in your happy place!

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23.  Coconut Starfruit Cocktail

Shoot for the stars with this light and fresh drink! Highly versatile, juicy and delicious, the Coconut Starfruit Cocktail will make your experience of drinking this drink, wholesome. It is designed with an excellent flavor of starfruit juice that is mixed with lemon juice, sugar, ice, vodka, coconut rum and soda water. The starfruit only contains a very low sugar amount, so it makes a lovely combination, not overly sweet.

coconut star fruit cocktail

Click on image to see how the Coconut Star Fruit Cocktail is prepared by the Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa


22. Grinch Cocktail

If you ever have the pleasure of staying at Jumby Bay Island, be sure to request the signature drink, the Grinch Cocktail. Full of yummy flavors of peppermint schnapps, a dash of nutmeg and Irish cream, this intriguing green cocktail is a refreshing treat to enjoy right off the coast of Antigua. It is usually served in a chilled Martini glass with a brown sugar rim and fresh mint leaves as the garnish. We all know the Grinch would love to get his hands on this cool libation!

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21. Hibiscus Gin Sour

With origins from the floral nose of Cachaça, the Brazilian spirit made from sugarcane captures the bright spirit of Brazil with this light and foamy libation. But yet again, the Hibiscus Gin Sour is the type of drink that will make your taste buds feel intrigued. With all the flavors such as lemon juice, egg white, hibiscus syrup, cachaça it is usually consumed straight or over ice. Once combined, it will surely be the best experience for you for tasting sweet and sour at the same time. Be sure that your bartender does a dry shake first before adding the ice. An ideal summery cocktail, it can be perfect for warm evenings as you are cuddling with your honey next to a bonfire.

hibiscus gin sour cocktail

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20. Captain’s Choice

El Capitán, or The Captain, is one of the most liked tropical drinks with rum fans. This fizzy drink itself combines two strong liquors for extra potency, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum and Peach Schnapps, as well as incorporating cranberry and pineapple juice.  The spice really shines through on this concoction. You’ll find it at RumFire, a bar located inside at Sheraton Waikiki, which proudly features the private label RumFire Cruzan Single Barrel Rum. Sailors and Captains are not the only ones that are game for this spiced rum, request yours today!

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19. Hibiscus Colada

Ready to delight the senses. This delicious drink is an infusion of both pineapple and coconut. Honestly, there may be no better combo than pineapple and coconut! It is also one of the perfect tropical drinks for a hot summer day and ideal for travelers who are conscious about their bodies or are working on their beach bodies. Piña Colada’s riff changes out the heavy coconut cream and adds a lighter coconut yogurt instead. This blend offers a lot of natural fruity sweetness. With all of this combined, it balances the flavor and makes you fall in love with this drink.

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Click on the image to watch as Rick Makes a Hibiscus Cocktail


18. Tropical Escape

If you are craving to drink something spicy, then this drink is made for you. Experience the true taste of fruit forward thinking! And who couldn’t use an exotic escape right now? If you’re not already in the Caribbean or Hawaii as you read this, just close your eyes and open your mind. Add some spice to your vacation with this citrusy and fruity delight. With a base of white rum or tequila, simply ask your bartender to add grapefruit and aromatic bitters. Garnish with a fresh slice of kiwi, as a result, it just may blow your mind.

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17. Buccaneer

What could be more exciting while on your vacation and requesting a drink called the Buccaneer? No, we’re not talking about the Pirates. Bacardi Limon Rum, coconut cream, lime and pineapple are juice blended together creating one of the most delicious tropical drinks to cool off on a warm day. It is then mixed together with crushed ice then sometimes garnished with mint leaves. Interestingly enough, the Buccaneer is a popular drink in Tampa Bay, Florida during football season.

tropical drinks buccaneer

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16. Mai Tai

The Mai Tai is perhaps the most famous Tiki cocktail, that is associated with tiki-themed restaurants,  Hawaii and Polynesian Culture. Invented by Victor J. Bergeron in 1944 and originally starting off as a rum cocktail, Mai Tai ended up being so popular that it depleted world rum supplies in the 1940s and the 1950s. According to legend, “Mai Tai! means “the best—out of this world” in Tahitian. There are a few variations of this classic, but as a whole, usual ingredients include white and dark rum, lime juice, orange Curaçao, orgeat syrup and then garnished with a lime wheel and mint sprig. Remember, no Hawaiian vacation will be complete without sipping on a Mai Tai right on the beach.

mai tai cocktail

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15. Jungle Bird

The Jungle Bird is a boozy,  juicy, tipple that is just begging to be drunk all summer long. It is a perfect harmony of pineapple-infused Jamaican dark rum, Campari, Demerara syrup, pineapple and lime juice, along with a squeeze of lime. The citrus flavor does a fantastic job of cutting through everything and then balancing the cocktail to perfection. This distinct cocktail was created back in 1973 in the Aviary Bar which is located at Hilton Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Since then, this beverage has gained international acclaim and is now found on cocktail menus around the world. It is a fruity yet balanced, perfect thirst-quencher for your tropical visit.

best tropical drinks jungle bird vacation cocktail

Click on the image to watch Steve the Bartender create the Jungle Bird drink


14. Sea Breeze

The Sea Breeze is a light and breezy drink, the perfect cure for a relaxing day at the beach. Making it to our list of the top tropical drinks to order, the cocktail is as refreshing as its name. Born in the 1920s, though gin and grenadine were added in the original version. Since then, it has evolved over the years and then eventually became a popular drink in the 1970s as it was made with vodka and fruit juices. This zingy classic is officially a blend of vodka, cranberry and grapefruit juice, which ends up being served on the rocks, or even with crushed ice, then most commonly served in a highball glass. It is simply delicious and then goes down very, very smooth.

top tropical drinks sea breeze

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13. Tiki Punch

Bust out a coconut bra and a grass skirt, and think Lūʻau because the Tiki Punch is about to become your go-to vacation boozy beverage. This is exactly the kind of drink you order at an all inclusive resort in the Caribbean while you’re lounging under your very own personal cabana. Sweet, fruity, and extra boozy, it is loaded with a triple dose of tropical-infused rum or vodka, as it is mixed with lime juice, pineapple juice and syrup on top. Even if you design this drink at home, it will give you a taste of the islands any time you want. Ready for a batch of instant summer fun, a party will quickly ensue directly after pouring the first round.

tropical drinks tiki punch

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12. High Tide

What could be better than sitting on your lounge chair beachside and requesting a High Tide? It’s the perfect adult libation for a sunny and warm day at the beach. It’s an exciting mixture of rum, coconut liquor, Midori liqueur, Blue Curaçao, pineapple juice, and usually topped with a cherry. Even with its focus on family travels, this is actually the signature drink of Disney Cruise Line, available at every bar across the fleet. Become BFF with this exotic drink because it’s yummy, not too sweet and totally refreshing!

tasty tropical drinks high tide vacation cocktail

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11. Coconut Margarita

The very minute you sip on this fruity concoction, it will immediately trick you into thinking you’re right on the beach. It may be snow-white in color,  but it is totally sweet, totally tart and totally delicious. Look at it as a cross between a Margarita and a Piña Colada. Not only a great vacation pick, but this drink can also be a year round sipper for you as well. With the simple combination of coconut syrup and cinnamon, the cream from the coconut will make it fabulously thick and provides all of the sweetness it will ever need. If you want to be unique and act all fancy, use a lighter to light your cinnamon stick. It will give your drink a classy look.

tropical drinks coconut margarita vacation drink

Click on the image to see how the Coconut Margarita is made by BartendingBootcamp



10. Caribbean Rum Punch

The Caribbean is a wonderful place to escape with its white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, but it is also well-known for its variety of rums. Strong yet deceptively smooth, you will find this drink pretty and tasty at the same time. Thirst quenching flavored with an endless combination of fruit juices that are designed to create unique flavors. It’s made with a mixture of white and dark rum and a combination of orange, pineapple and lime juices, all designed for a refreshing taste. You will certainly not regret requesting this party drink.

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9. Sex on the Beach

No list for a tropical drinks blog would be complete without the famous Sex on the Beach. Nope, we’re not talking about making love right on the beach this time. According to bartender lore, the cocktail was invented by a bartender working at a bar in Florida which was inspired by a promotion from a peach schnapps company to sell the most of this spirit, and the rest as we say is history. Traditionally, vodka and peach schnapps are mixed with orange juice and cranberry juice and then are poured into a highball glass filled halfway with ice. It is then garnished with an orange slice and don’t forget the maraschino cherry! It’s a perfect cocktail to enjoy right on the beach.

best tropical drinks sex on the beach vacation cocktail

Click on image to see how the Sex on the Beach is mixed by Tipsy Bartender


8. Blueberry Coconut Margarita

By just reading the name of this drink, you might have water in your mouth. It will immediately make you feel like you’re on a beach. This drink is not only yummy by its name, but in reality it is way much yummier. The take on this margarita is excellent and tasty. This drink combined with tequila, gin, rum or vodka, as well as blueberry syrup, coconut milk and lime juice that will make your experience even more unforgettable. It can also be just as delightful non-alcoholic, where soda water makes for a quick fix and an easy mocktail. When you request this one with your mixologist, ask that it is served over crushed ice.

tropical drinks blueberry coconut margarita

Click on the image to see how the Tipsy Bartender creates the Blue Coconut Margarita!


7. Classic Piña Colada

The world-renowned Piña Colada was created in the 1950s at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It’s yet another famous libation to make our tropical drinks list. Original bartender Ramón “Monchito” Marrero created an unforgettable cocktail that mixed rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice – and voilà the Piña Colada was born! It’s almost always topped with a maraschino cherry and pineapple wedge for garnish.  Oh, and please don’t forget those cocktail umbrellas. This smooth and creamy drink will surely be your go-to tropical drinks while you are away, as there is really no better way to relax and enjoy the topical weather.

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6. Bahama Mama

What could be better for a tropical treat with a drink that is named the Bahama Mama? Originated in the Bahamas, this world-famous concoction when mixed together becomes a true boozy tropical perfection. It consists of a few rums, including coconut-flavored rum, grenadine syrup, orange and pineapple juice, as well as crushed ice. This frozen cocktail will end up nice and slushy then garnished with a pineapple wedge and cherry. If you happen to be staying at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau Bahamas, stop by the swim-up pool bar, this will be your goto drink.

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Click on image to see how the Bahama Mama is prepared by the Tipsy Bartender



5. Aruba Ariba

You know what they say…When in Aruba! Known to have been created at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino in 1963, the Aruba Ariba cocktail is the signature drink on the island of Aruba. Known only to this particular island, this popular concoction is comprised of Coecoei, which is a local Aruban liquor that is one of the major ingredients. Additionally, it is mixed with vodka, rum, creme de banana, along with orange, cranberry and pineapple juice. It is served with crushed ice, garnished with orange, pineapple slice, and a maraschino cherry. Be warned that while this drink may be fruity and sweet flavored, it certainly packs a powerful punch!

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Click on image to learn how to make an Aruba Ariba with Albert


4. Tropical Itch

First poured by Harry Yee at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort way back in 1957, the Tropical Itch quickly became an island classic. Additionally, Yee is credited with the invention of Blue Hawaii and Hawaiian Eye. The cool libation is a combination of 151 rum, triple sec, orange Curaçao, passion fruit juice, bourbon, and topped with a float of dark rum and just a dash of bitters. Finally, it is garnished with a cute bamboo backscratcher that towers high above the glass in which the cocktail is served. The gimmick originating with this delightful cocktail is that it is served with a bamboo backscratcher instead of a swizzle stick…just to scratch your “itch.”

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Click on the image to see How to make The Tropical Itch Cocktail from BarTalk&Cocktails


3. Blue Lagoon

If you’re feeling a little blue, this concoction just may very well be the cure. No, we’re not talking about the 1980 film titled “Blue Lagoon” starring Brooke Shields, we’re talking about the blue hued spritzer designed to lift your spirits while on vacay. Immediately when you see the blue color, it will immediately bring a smile to your face. Not only does the drink  look aesthetic, but it is very tasty at the same time. This tropical-themed cocktail features legendary blue Curaçao and is mixed with vodka and lemonade. It is usually garnished with an orange slice or a lemon slice and is commonly poured on a highball glass, and best drinking it poolside. Blue will surely set you in the mood!

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Click on image to see how the Tipsy Bartender designs the Blue Lagoon


2. Painkiller

This is another cocktail that is a relative of Piña Colada. This drink combined with rum and pineapple or orange juice and topped with coconut cream is sure to cure your wintertime blues. It is a bright drink that is full of color and vibrant fruit flavors that are meant to be celebrated and consumed on a very hot, sunny day. The Painkiller gives the illusion that it might actually help out on those days when you are troubled with a hangover. If you feel daring and you are traveling to the British Virgin Islands on the island of Jost Van Dyke, be sure to stop by The Soggy Dollar or the Foxy’s Tamarind Bar and order this legendary drink. Or, keep things simple as you devour this temptation in hammock beachside or just request it poolside from your attentive server.

best tropical drinks painkiller cocktail

Click image on How to Make The Painkiller Cocktail from BarTalk&Cocktails


1. The Bob Marley

Ya’mon! No trip to Jamaica would be complete without devouring the legendary drink inspired by Bob Marley. Landing a top position on our list of tropical drinks. This refreshing libation is a favorite among visitors and is the ideal treat to make you feel the Jamaican vibes anywhere you may stay. In fact, it is the signature cocktail at the Secrets St. James Montego Bay and Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay hotels in Jamaica, as well as a popular favorite at Sandals Resorts. This Rasta-inspired drink can be made several ways, including either flaming or frozen. You’re in for a real treat as you watch the mixologist create this one in front of your very eyes. It consists of light rum, blue and orange Curaçao, strawberry daiquiri, mix fresh mango, sweet and sour mix, lime juice and ice then poured into a glass.

tropical drinks bob marley jamaica libation

Click on the image as a bartender from Sandals Resorts designs the Bob Marley Drink right in from of your eyes


Bottoms up! Best Online Travel Deals hopes you beat the heat with some of these totally tropical drinks while on your vacation. Just in case you don’t feel like traveling right now, recipes for all of these drinks are easy to finds on the internet. Try all of these this summer and you will surely not regret it! Best to be devoured at a beachfront resort, let’s take a look at our favorite three all inclusive resort chains!


Sandals Resorts

Sandals Resorts is a couples-only resort chain located in the Caribbean Islands that is most visited by adults and honeymooners. They offer an extensive variety of spectacular oceanfront locations spread across the islands and offer a wide array of things to do. A wealth of complimentary water sports awaits you with the likes of Hobie Cat sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling PADI-Certified scuba diving. You will find a wonderful array of outdoor pools as well, with everything from infinity pools to rooftop pools and a great selection of swim-up pool bars. You will also find championship golf at selected locations and quality land sports included, with the likes of beach volleyball, as well as day and night tennis. A totally over-the-water experience is ready for you with over-the-water bungalows, over-the-water bars and an over-the-water wedding chapel, all variating by location. Unlimited gourmet dining awaits with delicacies ranging from local cuisine to international favorites. The bar experience here is like no other with unlimited premium liquors. unlimited Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks wines and delicious tropical drinks. Plus, stocked minibars bars in every room. Now your vacation is complete.


Palace Resorts

Divided up into ten stunning oceanfront locations, Palace Resorts is an all inclusive vacation destination that is scattered across the island of Jamaica and various areas of Mexico. Setting the highest standards for top-of-the-line luxury travel, some of the locations are adults or couples only, while some are also family-oriented. Spacious accommodations await you, along with private balconies with mesmerizing views, all while being accentuated by signature in-room double whirlpool tubs. Take a refreshing dip in a multitude of variations of outdoor pools, with everything from infinity pools to sensational swim-up pools. The little ones will have a whale of a time, with some resorts housing their very own water park, and some featuring lazy rivers and a Flowrider. A host of water sports awaits you with the likes of kayaking, paddleboating, surfing, sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving. Rise to the challenge of unlimited rounds of golf at selected locations with championship courses, where you’ll receive complimentary green fees. Unplug, unwind, and replenish yourself at the full-service spa then delight your palate with a vibrant mix of world-class dining options. Discover the finest spirits and wines here so you can savor perfection. Enjoy a drink in your room with a stocked liquor dispenser and mini-bar, or visit one of our chic bars or lounges and sip an expertly prepared craft cocktail or any of the top tropical drinks, all unlimited, of course.


Beaches Resorts

Divided up into four amazing locations on three Caribbean Islands, Beaches Resorts is an award-winning resort for families. the ultimate all-inclusive resorts for kids and grownups alike, children, teens and adults can do as much or as little as they want here. Splash, swim and slide the day away at the Pirates Island Water Park, which features humongous waterslides, lazy river journeys, kid‐friendly pools and the Caribbean’s only surf simulator. Your little ones will love the opportunity to play with the lovable cast of characters from Sesame Street or call it a day at the supervised Kids Camp. Sail away in a wide array of water sports such as paddleboarding, waterskiing, tubing, windsurfing, AquaTrikes and Hobie Cats. Stick to the land and try an exciting match of tennis, beach volleyball, miniature golf or basketball. Without paying for any green fees, the golf courses will provide everything down to a tee for every level of skill. Indulge in a rejuvenating treatment or massage at the Red Lane Spa then Savor unlimited 5-star gourmet dining at up to 21 restaurants per resort. With a bar to match every mood, enjoy unlimited premium liquors, tropical drinks and exclusive Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks Wines at up to 15 bars per resort, including swim-up bars and chic oceanside bars.




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