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Maria Lawag, mixologist on Wind Surf, with four cocktails perfect for the Caribbean — and to keep the tropical vibe going at home.

JD Lasica / Special to Cruiseable

Maria Lawag, mixologist on Wind Surf, with four cocktails perfect for the Caribbean — and to keep the tropical vibe going at home.

4 classic Caribbean cocktail recipes

Wind Surf's mixologist shares the drinks that passengers like to quaff

This is the first of a series of articles about our March-April 2017 sailing on Windstar's Wind Surf.
 

Whenever I take a Caribbean cruise, I ask to be pointed to the ship's top mixologist to see if she or he can whip up some drinks that go perfectly with our particular itinerary. For example, bartender Zak Zlatko of Silver Spirit concocted these 8 Caribbean drink recipes.

 
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On Saturday I returned from a weeklong “Classic Caribbean” itinerary on Wind Surf, the last cruise of the season to St. Maarten, Barbuda, Dominica, Guadeloupe, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Barts — but not before I spent an hour with mixologist Maria Lawag in the ship's Compass Rose bar. 

You've no doubt heard of most of these drinks, so here are four classic Caribbean cocktail recipes to keep the tropical vibe going after you return home!

 

A strawberry mojito, with roots in Cuba.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableA strawberry mojito, with roots in Cuba.

Strawberry mojito

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“This one should appeal to the ladies because it's not as strong and it has a mild, fruity flavor,” Maria tells me. Because of its heritage, you might call this the national drink of Cuba (along with the Cuba Libre). The classic version of the drink has lemon instead of strawberry as the centerpiece. 

Ingredients

45 ml white rum*
90 ml of strawberry puree
20 ml mojito syrup
45 ml lime juice
3 mint leaves
3 lime wedges
1 strawberry
Soda water 

*45 milliliters = 1.5 fluid ounces 

Recipe

  • Muddle the limes and mint leaves together
  • Add mojito syrup and rum
  • Top up with strawberry puree and lime juice
  • Top up with soda water as desired
  • Garnish with mint sprigs and strawberry

 

A tropical tini, served in a long-stem martini glass.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableA tropical tini, served in a long-stem martini glass.

Tropical tini

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“This is a nice marriage of rum and vodka,” Maria tells me. “This ladies in particular like to drink this one in a long-stem martini glass. It's a light drink, not high in alcohol, and the Malibu Rum gives it a hint of coconut.” Maria used Gilbert's vodka but you can substitute a higher-end brand like Grey Goose, Belvedere or Chopin, made from “the most expensive potatoes in the world,” she said. 

Ingredients

45 ml vodka
20 ml Malibu Rum
60 ml pineapple juice
Pineapple slice

Recipe

  • Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker
  • Shake and stir in a chilled martini glass
  • Garnish with pineapple slice
  • Optional: Some folks may enjoy sugar added to the rim

 

Miami Vice: the perfect thirst quencher for hot days.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableMiami Vice: the perfect thirst quencher for hot days.

Miami Vice

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“On a hot day, this is a good choice,” Maria says. It's 80 degrees in St. Barts today so I nod approvingly as she gathers the ingredients. “The frozen ice and tangy tropical fruits will help quench your thirst.” Embarking from or to Miami on your trip is strictly optional. 

Ingredients

50 ml Bacardi Rum
25 ml triple sec
100 ml piña colada mix
50 ml strawberry puree
Dash of dark rum float

Recipe 

  • Add ice and blend all the ingredients
  • Pour into a poco grande glass
  • Garnish with pineapple wedge and cherry

 

The Painkiller, which traces its roots to the British Virgin Islands.
JD Lasica / Special to CruiseableThe Painkiller, which traces its roots to the British Virgin Islands.

Painkiller

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This drink was invented by Daphne Henderson at the Soggy Dollar Bar at White Bay on Jost van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands before propagating through the Caribbean and beyond. “After a long shore excursion, this is the best way to relieve the pain,” Maria advises. It features a mix of light and dark rum, has a hit of nutmeg for flavor — and is the most potent of the four drinks listed here. “This is the one the guys like,” bar manager Alan Gordon says. 

Ingredients

50 ml Pusser's Rum
60 ml pineapple juice
20 ml orange juice
40 ml coconut cream

Recipe

  • Build all ingredients together in a highball glass
  • Add a dash of nutmeg

Have your own favorite Caribbean cocktails? Please share in the comments below and don't forget to mention it on your Cruiseable profile page!

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JD Lasica
I'm co-founder, Editor and chief cat herder at Cruiseable. Follow your cruise bliss to any land where it may lead. Let's connect! I'm @jdlasica on Twitter.

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