Best beach drinks

2012-05-15 10:56
Is there any better symbol for a holiday than those little umbrellas they perch atop a sundowner?Even more than floral shirts or sunhats, the quintessential beach holiday totem is beyond a doubt the sundowner cocktail. What is even cooler is that the drink you're slurping away at with the sand on your toes while watching the sun slip behind the big blue probably has a story of its own, and might even be the symbol for a far off paradise...

Piña Colada, Puerto Rico

Experience the tropical flavour of the coconut cream concoction that a Puerto Rican bartender in San Juan perfected in the 1950s. Immortalised in a cheesy song, there is a reason this delicious drink is a firm favourite.

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Make it: Blend 90ml of light rum with 3 tablespoons of coconut cream and a further three tablespoons of crushed pineapples. Strain into a glass and you are ready to start singing "If you like Pina Coladas..."

Caipirinha, Brazil

When travelling to the sun soaked beaches of sexy Brazil, tanned skins and skimpy bathing suits won't be the only thing that you are sure to find. The Caipirinha is so popular that even beach vendors make them on the sand. Who needs ice cream, right?

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Make it: Take 8 lime slices and muddle two teaspoons of granulated sugar in a tumbler glass. Fill the glass with crushed ice before topping the mixture with 80ml of Cachaca rum made from sugar cane). Stir well and serve to the guests of your sunset Carnival.

Mai-Tai, Polynesia

Apparently the name Mai-Tai is drawn from "maita'i ro'a 'ae", which means "Out of this world". Whether it is life changing or not is up to you, but ever since Elvis' Blue Hawaii it has been the quintessential island drink.

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Make it: Shake 30ml of light Rum with 15ml of Lime juice, 15ml of Orange Curacao and 15ml of Orgeat/almond syrup with a few ice cubes. Pour into a tall cocktail glass over ice and top with 30 ml dark Rum. Garnish with a cherry and an umbrella and you are good to get your hoola on.

Daiquiri, Cuba

Cuba is known for many a cocktail, and this is owed to three things it has plenty of: rum, lime and sugar! Add some sun and surf and you have a sure fire winner. Like its famous brother, the Mojito, the Daiquiri is now a cornerstone of the cocktail menu.

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Make it: Mix 50 ml of light Rum with the juice of half a lime and a teaspoon of powdered sugar. Shake your mixture with crushed ice and you are ready to serve up the Cuban delight.

Margarita, Mexico

When the word Margarita is said, thoughts of Mexico with shady siestas on the beach under sombreros are sure to follow. Who invented it? No one knows for sure, but one story goes it was a Tijuana bartender's attempt at impressing Rita Hayworth when she was passing through the town.


Make it: Firstly, rim your glass with some lime and dip it in salt. Take 50 ml Tequila, 15ml Orange Cointreau and 30 ml lime and mix or shake with crushed ice before straining it into your salty vessel.

Amarula Sunset, South Africa

Although I don't know if the current dreamy advert with the green screen backdrops and fake accents hold true, that everywhere there's a sunset Amarula is enjoyed, Amarula is certainly an amazing and delicious way to kiss a warm day on the bushveld or Clifton good bye.

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Make it: Crush two to three ripe strawberries. Mix with 50 ml Amarula cream and two cups of Vanilla Ice Cream, et volia! The perfect companion to a summer's day Braai.

More of a party animal than a sundowner? Be sure to check out our global drinking games. Cheers vir eers!


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