Cocktail Recipes for Summer or Your Turks and Caicos Vacation
The second annual Turks and Caicos Cocktail Week is just around the corner. From July 26 to July 29, bartenders from all over Providenciales will showcase their talent throughout the week at a variety of events. The week concludes on the final day with a competition -- check the Facebook page for more details.
To celebrate Cocktail Week and to kick off the summer, here are a few cocktail recipes that will allow you to beat the heat.
Hemingway’s Rum Punch Recipe
There’s nothing better than cooling off after a fun day in the sun with a refreshingly cool cocktail. Providenciales' own Hemingway's Restaurant offers a signature rum punch guaranteed to beat the heat.
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- 1 oz Bambarra Coconut Rum (a local Turks & Caicos Island rum)
- 1 oz Bambarra Dark Rum
- 3 oz Orange Juice
- 3 oz Pineapple Juice
- 1 oz Grenadine
- Float (add a layer on top) with Myers dark rum
Finish with a cherry or a pineapple garnish and enjoy.
Watermelon Mint Cooler
- 4 cups of seedless watermelon chunks
- 1.5 cups of fresh lemonade
- ½ cup of fresh mint leaves
- ½ cup vodka
In a blender, puree the watermelon with the lemonade. Stir in the fresh mint leaves, vodka and serve over ice.
Bananas can be found on the shelves at any time of year, making this an easy cocktail to prepare. With the Banana Republic, be sure to include our local Bambarra rum.
- 2 oz Bambarra rum
- 1 dash rum
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1 teaspoon soft brown sugar
Keeping a slice for garnish, cut banana in 4 pieces, add all ingredients to a blender with ice. Blend on low speed for a minute then turn to high speed until smooth.
Decorate glass with flowers, sliced banana and grated nutmeg.
Starting with the traditional Piña Colada as the base, adding mango really provides this classic summer cocktail with a twist it deserves.[embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BkSNl2GBGol[/embed]
- 2 oz Mango Liqueur
- 1 oz Coconut Cream
- 3 oz Pineapple Juice or Pieces
Put ice in blender, add Mango Liqueur, Coconut Cream, and pineapple pieces or juice. Blend well.
Garnish with pineapple, toasted coconut and fresh nutmeg.
This refreshing cocktail combines minty freshness with Caribbean rum. For a summery pink hue, add strawberry or raspberry juice.
- 6 oz light rum
- 12 mint sprigs, or spearmint, 8 roughly broken apart
- 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- Raspberry or strawberry juice
- Club soda
- 4 slices lime
First add lime juice to sugar (or sugar cane syrup) and mint leaves. The mixture is then gently mashed, typically with an instrument called a “muddler,” but a wooden or plastic spoon will also do the trick.
Next, add the rum to the mixture and briefly stir to dissolve the sugar, and to lift the mint leaves up from the bottom for better presentation.
Top the drink with whole ice cubes and sparkling soda water, and stir in raspberry or strawberry juice to add the wonderful pink color.
Mint leaves and lime wedges are used to garnish the glass.
Have a Favorite Summer Cocktail?
Do you have a favorite summer cocktail that helps you beat the heat? Let us know in the comments. We'd love to hear from you!