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Jamaican Breeze

Jamaican Breeze cocktail in a rocks glass over ice with a lime wheel garnish, served on a red straw mat
Image: / Tim Nusog

When you’re craving tropical drinks, crashing waves and sunshine, head for the beach. If that isn’t feasible, head to the liquor store and procure everything you need to recreate the sensation of an island paradise. You can do that with the Jamaican Breeze, an original recipe from bartender and brand ambassador Willy Shine.

The cocktail begins as many great tropical drinks begin—with rum. In this case, Shine chooses Appleton Estate Reserve, an eight-year-old Jamaican rum with aromas of fruit and oak and flavors of honey, vanilla, holiday spices and orange peel. He pairs the rum with pineapple juice, ginger, simple syrup and Angostura bitters—ingredients that, when combined, create the ideal mix of island refreshment. The ginger is muddled in the shaker to release a fresh kick of heat that complements the rich rum and sweet pineapple.

Shake everything up, take a sip, and you can practically feel the sea air on your face. You might not be on vacation: Your home kitchen surroundings should tip you off to that. But with the Jamaican Breeze, you can at least drink like you are.


  • 1 piece fresh ginger, peeled

  • 1 1/2 ounces Appleton Estate Reserve rum

  • 2 ounces pineapple juice

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup

  • 1 dash Angostura bitters

  • Garnish: lime wheel


  1. In a shaker, muddle the ginger.

  2. Add the rum, pineapple juice, simple syrup and bitters, then fill with ice.

  3. Shake until well-chilled, then double-strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.

  4. Garnish with a lime wheel.