Maybe it’s these gloriously long August days or the impending end of summer, but we’re itching to go away. Even if you can’t trade your shoes for flip-flops and head to the beach, a tropical concoction can temporarily transport you to an exotic locale.
To get you on your way, we scored signature cocktail recipes from three of the Caribbean’s top resorts and watering holes. These refreshing tipples are guaranteed to help you escape the heat.
As one of the most luxurious hotels on Martinique, Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa serves plenty of the island’s best-known beverage, Ti Punch. The establishment hews closely to tradition, using just sugar, lime and complex rhum agricole to make the drink. But forget about ice—the colonists who invented this libation didn’t have access to freezers.
Looking for something a bit more…modern? Try the creamy, frozen Dirty Banana. You can find the rum-and-Kahlua creation that incorporates a whole banana on the menu at Cain at The Cove, a pool bar inside the massive Bahamas resort complex Atlantis.
And finally, there’s the Painkiller (pictured above). Any trip to the British Virgin Islands isn’t complete without at least a couple of these Piña Colada cousins. Our version comes from Tortola-based Pusser’s, which not only produces a British Navy-style rum but also operates a series of bars throughout the West Indies.