Cocktail Recipes

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Tropical Fruit Sangria

Tequila , Tiki / Tropical

Sangria is most often made with wine. But when you swap the grape stuff for tequila and toss in some tropical fruit, a good drink gets a little more interesting.For more great Mexican-inspired drinks—and tacos, too!—head right this way.

Sex on the Beach

Vodka , Tiki / Tropical

Warning: this drink is not the for the faint of heart. Sex on the Beach boasts one of the most provocative names for a cocktail. Fruit-filled and perfect for enjoying a night in the tropics, its no wonder why this cocktail has stayed around for so long.

Daiquiri

Rum , Classics Tiki / Tropical

It's easy to see why the dark rum-based Daiquiri is a classic. The perfectly balanced combination of sweet, sour and spirit is refreshing and tangy, but also quite simple to make at home. Try making the recipe below and add this fool-proof drink to your bartending arsenal.

French Coral

Brandy / Cognac Cognac , Tiki / Tropical

A little bit of Tiki meets cognac in this stirred cocktail.

Banana Surfer

Brandy / Cognac Cognac Rum , Tiki / Tropical

Hang 10 with a Tiki-inspired cognac cocktail laced with coconut and banana.

Scotch & Ginger

Scotch , Modern Classics Tiki / Tropical

The Scotch & Ginger is better experienced than explained. The unforgettable blend of sweetness and spice defies description.

Traditional Mai Tai

Rum , Classics Tiki / Tropical

In Tahitian, “Mai Tai” means “The best—out of this world,” as exclaimed by the first person to taste Trader Vic’s original version. The iconic tiki drink was created to showcase the flavor of good quality rum, and should never be neon-colored or overly sweet. A proper Mai Tai is a deep amber hue and allows the rum to shine through.

Mojito

Rum , Classics Tiki / Tropical

What's the perfect way to capture summer all year long? A well-mixed Mojito, of course. A decedent of the Cuban cocktail El Draque, this five ingredient highball is a favorite of many, including Ernest Hemingway.

Plain Killer

Rum , Tiki / Tropical

At James Beard Award winner Tory Miller's pan-Asian restaurant, Sujeo in Madison, Wis., a duo of fresh pineapple and orange juices round out a Tiki-style libation (modeled on the classic Painkiller) built for two thirsty revelers.

Nutty Ocho Rios

Rum , Tiki / Tropical

This cocktail from Shane Paule, the bar manager at Austin’s Isla, sports the usual good stuff found in a Mai Tai but with an additional scrumptious nutty layer of macadamia nut liqueur.

Saturn

Gin , Tiki / Tropical

A tropical drink with gin, not rum? Believe it!

Pearl Harbor

Liqueurs Vodka , Tiki / Tropical

This melon pineapple inspired drink is easy to make for those warm Summer days.

Jungle Bird

Rum , Tiki / Tropical

This classic Tiki drink was created in 1978 at the Aviary bar of the Kuala Lumpur Hilton.

Warm in the Winter

Aquavit Gin , Tiki / Tropical

This completely vegan cocktail takes Tiki to a dramatic level.

Undead Gentleman

Rum , Tiki / Tropical

This modern Tiki cocktail takes the Zombie, a fairly complex drink, cuts down the number of ingredients and puts it in a coupe.

Zombie

Rum , Tiki / Tropical

Jeff "Beachbum" Berry shares Don the Beachcomber's original recipe.

Three Dots and a Dash

Rum , Tiki / Tropical

This Tiki drink is what an exotic cocktail is all about, with citrus, sweeteners, spice and, of course, rums.

Delorean

Gin , Tiki / Tropical

This cocktail is the gin-based, day-drinking sipper of choice at Barcelona’s Polaroid Bar.

Maryum’s Grass Skirt

Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics Tiki / Tropical

Rum and rye play nicely with rosehip liqueur and pineapple juice in this drink from Atwood Restaurant in Chicago.

Elyx Pineapple

Vodka , Tiki / Tropical

This picturesque pineapple and vodka concoction is served at Edition Hotels.

606 Swizzle

Liqueurs Rum Vermouth / Aperitif Wine , Tiki / Tropical

Sherry, pineapple juice and a rummy homemade mix are the stars of this cocktail from Sable Kitchen & Bar in Chicago.

Bumboat

Rum Rye Whiskey , Tiki / Tropical

This eclectic cocktail from San Francisco’s Smuggler’s Cove uses pineapple, almond, whiskey and rum.

Choose-Your-Own-Base-Spirit Piña Colada

Liqueurs Mezcal Rum , Tiki / Tropical

Not a fan of rum? Try this classic tiki drink with Chartreuse instead.

Piña Colada

Rum , Frozen / Blended Tiki / Tropical

A tropical classic that evokes the thought of paradise with every sip, nothing says vacation like a Piña Colada. So whether you're on a bright sunny beach or just feel like pretending you are, this is the cocktail fro you. By the way, getting caught in the rain is not required.

Singapore Sling

Gin , Classics Tiki / Tropical

The Singapore Sling has enjoyed a long and celebrated lifespan, having been created at Raffles Hotel in Singapore around the turn of the 20th century. Many claim that no two Slings are made the same way, but the smooth, fruity and herbal qualities in the recipe below are sure to satisfy.

10 Cane Hemingway Daiquiri

Rum , Classics Tiki / Tropical

Try the delicious and simple rum-based Hemingway Daiquiri. Papa approved!

Raspberry Caipirinha

Cachaça , Modern Classics Tiki / Tropical

A tasty twist on a Brazilian classic.

Rum Rangoon

Rum , Tiki / Tropical

This powerful cocktail is like an instant Caribbean vacation.

Painkiller

Rum , Tiki / Tropical

A twist on the Piña Colada, the Painkiller cocktail is a rich and fruity tropical drink that's a specialty of the British Virgin Islands. Coconut cream, orange juice and pineapple juice join rum in this drink that brings the tropics right to your glass.

Bermuda Rum Swizzle

Rum , Punches Tiki / Tropical

To prepare a Rum Swizzle, it’s best to use an authentic swizzle stick. Real swizzle sticks are long stems snapped off a tree native to the Caribbean, and feature multiple prongs that stick out horizontally. When spun rapidly between your hands inside a cold cocktail, the swizzle stick will create a thick layer of frost on the outside of a glass—the sign of a perfect swizzle.

Hotel Nacional

Brandy / Cognac Rum , Tiki / Tropical

Add a touch of pineapple juice and apricot brandy to a classic Daiquiri to get this delicious concoction.

Set the New Year on Fire

Scotch , Modern Classics Tiki / Tropical

This New Year's Eve-inspired libation comes with all the pyrotechnics.

Hurricane

Rum , Tiki / Tropical

When in Rome? How about when in New Orleans? This powerful tropical drink will transport you to French Quarter during the first sip. Created in the 1940s, this super boozy rum-based concoction that will get the party started no matter where you are.

A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea

Rum , Tiki / Tropical

This tiki cocktail recipe from Paul McGee of Chicago's Three Dots and a Dash combines pineapple, coffee and three types of rum into one tasty concoction.

Dale’s Rainbow Planter’s Punch

Rum , Punches Tiki / Tropical

An instant-party-in-a-punchbowl for six, dreamed up by cocktail legend Dale DeGroff.

Caipirinha

Cachaça , Classics Tiki / Tropical

Our classic Caipirinha recipe instantly transports you to a beach in Rio.

Ginger Smash

Rum , Modern Classics Tiki / Tropical

A delicious mix of three spirits, pineapple, lime juice and, of course, ginger.

Caribeño

Rum , Tiki / Tropical

Go tropical with this coconut water, lime and rum drink.

La Estrella

Rum , Tiki / Tropical

This spicy and sweet cocktail will have you seeing stars.

Pyrat Punch

Rum , Punches Tiki / Tropical

Hoist one to the skull and bones. Arrr!

Port Royal Punch

Rum , Punches Tiki / Tropical

Throwing a big party? This tropical spiced rum punch recipe serves 25.

Don Julio Colada

Tequila , Frozen / Blended Tiki / Tropical

You don't have to drink this out of a coconut shell, but...

Açaí Mojito

Liqueurs , Punches Tiki / Tropical

What’s better than one super-fruit cocktail? A whole pitcher.

Mango Brava Daiquiri

Rum , Tiki / Tropical

Find out what happens when you add mango to an all-time classic.

Jamaican Breeze

Rum , Tiki / Tropical

It just blew in from Montego Bay.

Samba Breeze

Cachaça , Tiki / Tropical

This simple cocktail is as refreshing as it sounds.

Patrón Pineapple

Tequila , Tiki / Tropical

Tired of Margaritas? Try this simple tequila and pineapples juice cocktail.

Beachbum’s Own

Rum , Tiki / Tropical

The tiki mug is optional but come on, you know you want one.

Smuggler’s Cove Straits Sling

Gin , Tiki / Tropical

You don't need a pegleg, a parrot or a tri-cornered hat to enjoy this drink.

VeeV Eco Mojito

Liqueurs , Tiki / Tropical

Make the Cuban classic with a carbon-neutral spirit.

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