Your toes in the sand just steps from the water’s edge, your skin bathing in the warmth of the sun’s light (after you’ve applied the proper amount of coconut-scented SPF, of course) — what, if anything, could make this moment be any better?
A frozen tropical drink in your hand. That’s what. (Little umbrellas optional).
Even if you’re in your backyard slathered with suntan lotion (does anybody call it that anymore?), you can take a dreamy, escape to the islands, mon, when you blend up a tasty frozen cocktail that incorporates a bit of rum, coconut, and citrusy flavors — the flavors of the tropics captured in a summer frozen drink.
(In truth, the best drink to have while on the beach is water — you know, so that you stay nice and hydrated and don’t suffer from heat exhaustion — so make sure that you have a few bottles of the H20 on hand and hydrate up!)
For most of the following summer drink recipes, you’ll need:
- Ice (cubes or crushed, your choice)
- A blender
- Rum (the rum listed in the recipe is ideal, but really, any rum will be good rum, am I right?)
- Fresh fruit
- Coasters (to keep your side table ring-free)
- Glass charms (to make sure your drink stays yours!)
Whether you want your summer mixed drinks thick and frothy or just on the rocks, here are our picks for some easy rum drinks for the beach.
1. Cuba Libre
3 oz. spiced rum
12 oz. Coke or Pepsi
Juice of 1 lime
Stir together rum, cola, and lime juice. Pour over glasses filled with ice.
2. Trinidad Classic
2 oz. golden rum
4 oz. coconut water
Dash angostura bitters (optional)
Place ice in glass. Pour rum over ice, add coconut water and bitters (if using). Can blend if desired!
3. Coconut Sunset
12 oz. orange juice (no pulp)
3 oz. coconut rum
2 T. grenadine
Wedges of lime
- Pour juice and rum into ice filled glasses.
- Drizzle grenadine on top and swirl.
- Squeeze juice from one lime wedge and enjoy!
Can blend if desired!
4. Pusser’s Painkiller (recipe courtesy of Pusser’s Rum)
2-4 oz. Pusser’s Dark Rum
4 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. cream of coconut
1 oz. orange juice
Using 2 to 4 oz. of Pusser’s dark rum depending on your desired cocktail strength, combine all ingredients in an ice-filled glass and garnish with fresh nutmeg to taste. Can blend if desired!
5. Frozen Rum Runners (recipe courtesy rumtherapy.com)
1 oz. gold rum
¼. oz. blackberry liquer
¼ oz. crème de banana liquer
2 oz. orange juice
½ oz. grenadine
8 oz. crushed ice
½ oz. dark rum
Place all ingredient except for the dark rum in a blender jar. Blend until slushy or desired consistency and float dark rum on top.
6. Hummingbird (Recipe courtesy rumtherapy.com)
1 oz. gold rum
1 oz. rum cream
1 oz. Kahlua or Tia Maria
1 oz. cream
2 large strawberries
Place all ingredients in blender with ice and enjoy!