Traditional drinks of the Caribbean reflect the flavours of the produce that are grown in the sunshine of these beautiful Islands, from the sugar which makes the delicious selection of Rum produced here to the lemons, limes and fruits which form the fruit juices and syrups to flavour the cocktails or make refreshing non-alcoholic drinks. Each Island brews its own unique brand of beer to quench the thirst, mostly lager-style beers but also some dark beers and stouts. The mountainous regions produce wonderful aromatic coffee beans which are processed right here on the Islands. Below are a selection of these delicious drinks for you to ponder over for your next trip to the Caribbean, cheers!
Rum. The majority of the world’s rum production occurs in the Caribbean and Latin America. Rum is distilled from sugarcane, molasses or directly from sugarcane juice and is then usually aged in oak barrels. In cocktails a light rum is normally used whereas Golden or Dark rum are taken straight or neat, they are also very good when used in cooking. Rum Punch can be found in the Islands and everyone will have their own special recipe for this. Rum cocktails will vary from Island to island and are filled with the flavours of the Caribbean. Here are some to sample which will transport you straight to the beautiful beaches and beach bars of the Caribbean:-
- Piña Colada – a creamy, frozen concoction of pineapple, coconut and rum
- Caribbean Rum Punch – All bars will have their own secret recipe but the base is rum and a selection of fruit juices.
- Bahama Mama – Rum, rum and more rum, lemon juice, pineapple juice and Kahlua.
- Mojito – Mint, lime, simple syrup and rum.
- Banana Daiquiri – light rum, triple sec, Banana, Lime juice and sugar.
- Mai Tai – freshly squeezed lime juice, simple syrup, Cointreau, Dark Rum, Orgeat syrup.
- Rum and Coconut Water – Golden Rum, fresh coconut water and a couple dashes of Angostura bitters.
- Rum Sour – Golden Rum, lemon juice and sugar.
The beers of the Caribbean are unique to each island. Each Island will brew their own lager-style beer which is great for quenching the thirst on a hot day. Some to look out for – Prestige in Haiti. 10 Saints in Barbados (aged in oak Rum barrels). Kubuli in Dominica. Ironshore Bock in the Cayman Islands. Red Stripe in Jamaica. Biére Lorraine in Martinique. Stag Lager in Trinidad & Tobago. Strong Back Stout in Grand Bahama Island.
The Caribbean has a long history of coffee production especially on the Islands with high mountainous regions and cool climates. The unique soils and growing conditions are perfect for producing some wonderful coffee varieties. One of the best known coffees comes from Jamaica, the Blue Mountain Coffee. Visitors to the Islands are able to take tours of the coffee plantations and see the production from field to finished product, and in some cases with the option to stay overnight.
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