Caribbean Cocktails

Diving into the refreshing waters of a swimming pool or the clear turquoise waters of the ocean surrounding Turks and Caicos Islands is one way to cool off on your vacation.

Another way to beat the heat is to enjoy a tropical cocktail.  These brightly coloured and flavourful drinks are a popular liquid refreshment that most vacationers enjoy, and we have a couple of great suggestions to enjoy these libations while on vacation at the Alexandra Resort on Providenciales.

According to Wikipedia, cocktails were originally a mixture of spirits, water and bitters.  The word cocktail is now often used to describe most mixed drinks that include alcohol.  In 1988, Tom Cruise made the art of creating – and consuming – Caribbean cocktails popular when he starred as a bartender in the hit movie by the same name – Cocktail.  While it is unlikely that you’ll see Tom Cruise mixing drinks at any of the resorts on Providenciales, you’ll find some great spots to enjoy a cocktail and some equally skilled bartenders.

The best place to start is at our own Mango Reef, which offers refreshing cocktails at the beach or at our swim up pool bar during the day, and then at the beachfront bar and al fresco dining patio starting at happy hour.

The team at Mango Reef reports that one of their most popular cocktails with resort guests is the Mango Sunrise, a sweet mixture of mango rum, mango puree, orange juice and grenadine.  However take care with this seemingly innocent drink – too many of these at night may make the arrival of sunrise a bit painful!

Another great spot to enjoy a Caribbean cocktail is at the newly opened Salt Bar at Blue Haven Resort.  Tucked away in a quiet corner in the lovely Leeward community, Salt offers a light bar menu and some amazingly good cocktails. One of our favourite drinks at Salt is the Lemon Grass Margarita.  The glass is garnished with boutique salts from Salt Cay Salt Works and the unique lemon glass flavour leaves a light lemony-mint taste in your mouth.

Salt offers a daily happy hour from 5pm until 7pm.

No trip to the Caribbean is complete without enjoying rum punch made with locally produced rum.  This refreshing concoction was first introduced to England by India in the 17th century. The word punch came from the Hindi word “five”, because there were always five ingredients mixed to make punch.  These included alcohol, sugar, lemon, water and tea or spices. When Jamaica rum came into use around 1650, the modern punch was born.

In Turks and Caicos the local rum is called Bambarra.  You can visit the FOTTAC store in Regent Village to purchase a bottle, enjoy some rum tastings and even learn a few tricks on how to make your own rum punch at home.

Happy sipping!

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