Lava Flow

Aloha! We enjoyed a Lava Flow on vacation in Hawaii a while back and loved the banana, coconut, strawberry (and rum of course!) taste. Because we add ice to the banana, coconut and pineapple mix, it makes a nice, light and frozen concoction. Close your eyes while you sip and you might even hear the palm trees rustling in the gentle Hawaiian breeze…

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Lava Flow
(makes one)

1 oz. coconut rum
1 oz. light rum
1 small banana (or half of one large)
2 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. coconut cream
2 oz fresh strawberries (about 2 large)
1/2 c. ice

Blend the banana, pineapple juice, coconut cream and ice in a blender until smooth and frothy and save in a glass. Slightly blend the strawberries and rums in a blender and pour in a small hurricane glass. Slowly pour the banana, pineapple and coconut cream blend on top of the strawberry and rum mix and watch as the strawberry mix swirls up into the lighter mixture looking a bit like a lava flow! Garnish with a strawberry or slice of pineapple.

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10 Best Tropical Rum Drinks

Why is it that the taste of a tropical rum drink can sometimes transport us right back to a hammock on a beautiful beach or a great time with friends at one of our favorite beach bars? Still, whenever I taste a Piña Colada, I can close my eyes and almost feel a light sea breeze blowing while lounging on our boat in the evening during our first BVI sail….

We’ve put together a list of 10 Best Tropical Rum Drinks – those that we remember fondly from our past vacations in the sun. What tropical rum drinks would make your list?

1. Piña Colada

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Can’t remember the first one I sampled, but this is one frozen concoction of pineapple, coconut and rum is one that brings us right back to the islands…This one was enjoyed at The Top Of The Baths, Virgin Gorda.

Piña Colada Recipe

2. The Painkiller

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We sampled our first Painkiller when there was a Pusser’s in Cruz Bay on St. John many years ago…  It has now become one of our favorites and is available in MANY bars in the Caribbean – especially anywhere in the VI. Oh, it also has a pretty tasty cousin – The Nilla Killa!
Painkiller Recipe

3. Caribbean Rum Punch

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We’ve sampled SO many rum punches from tropical locales far and wide that we should be some kind of Rum Punch experts by now. Every place seems to have their own “secret” recipe, but can’t seem to find too many we don’t care for. The difference? The type of rum used and the different fruit juices. One word? YUM!
Caribbean Rum Punch Recipe

4. Frozen Rum Runners

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Just plain awesome. Nothing quite cools ya off as well as a Frozen Rum Runner on a hot tropical day. The non frozen variety are great as well, but the frozen ones, well, kinda like a slushee with a REALLY good kick!
Frozen Rum Runners Recipe

5. Bushwhacker

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Bushwackers’s. Oh. my. I sampled my first Bushwacker atop Paradise Point in St. Thomas many, many years ago and was pretty much hooked. I mean, who wouldn’t be? Chocolate, rum and the amazing overlook of Charlotte Amalie – wow, paradise.
Bushwacker Recipe

6. Bahama Mama

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Pretty much tastes like a tropical paradise! Rum, rum and more rum, lemon juice, pineapple juice AND Kahlua. Careful – this one packs one large tropical kick!
Bahama Mama Recipe

7. Mojito

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Well, if you’ve been following us long, you already know that we are nuts for mojitos. Pictured here is the Perfect Mojito (our favorite) although we’ve posted a ton of fruity variations that are all quite tasty! Check our post: 10 Mojito Variations for other delicious Mojito Recipes!
Perfect Mojito Recipe

8. Banana Daiquiri

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Creamy banana goodness mixed with rum? Ahhh… yes. Here’s one that we really enjoyed at Saba Rock Resort in the BVI. Maybe the great view had something to do with it??
Banana Daiquiri Recipe

9. Mai Tai

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Aloha! First sampled on a dinner cruise in Hawaii, this wonderful concoction brings back memories of swaying palm trees and the sound of the ukelele … Requires a few more ingredients than some of the other tropical rum drinks listed, but well worth it!
Mai Tai Recipe

10. Dirty Banana

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One of the most searched for recipes on our website, this Jamaican delight must be a favorite with many of you. Dark rum, Tia Maria and rum cream liqueur all mixed in with a tasty banana. Ya mon!
Dirty Banana Recipe


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Jamaican Me Crazy

We posted two recipe variations for the drink Jamaican Smile a while back, but recently were asked for a recipe for a drink called Jamaican Me Crazy. Happy to oblige, we did some research and came up with the following.  This one packs a punch with 2 shots of rum and 1 shot liqueur in each serving  but delivers a smooth tropical vibe with the banana liqueur and coconut rum…yum…
One of these could surely make-a-me-crazy…

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(makes 1)

1 oz light rum (we used Appleton White)
1 oz coconut rum
1 oz banana liqueur
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz pineapple juice

Shake with ice, then pour over ice in a short glass.
Garnish with banana slices and pineapple.

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Mango Mojito

Today we had a lovely ripe mango sitting on the countertop and so I thought I’d try it out in a mojito recipe. There were numerous mango mojito recipes on the web, so we tried a few, changed one up a little and came up with a winner!

We assembled the ingredients and began mixing, nearly drooling at the sweet aroma of the mango. Be sure you choose a ripe mango for this recipe for smooth consistency and the best taste. You may be able to substitute mango nectar for the actual mango, but the real fruit tasted delicious in this drink. We used Cruzan Mango Rum for the added sweetness and another shot of  mango taste, but a white rum can also be used. Makes a great summertime treat!


Mango Mojito
(makes 1)

2 oz. white rum or Cruzan Mango Rum (we used Cruzan Mango Rum)
3 – 4 oz. club soda
1 small very ripe mango, skin removed
1/2 lime
5 mint leaves

Blend the mango and rum in a blender and set aside. Muddle the mint leaves and juice of 1/2 lime. Add the club soda and rum/mango mixture. Add a bit more club soda if needed so that the mixture is not too thick. Gently stir. Pour over ice in a tall glass and stir again before serving. Garnish with mint.

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Mango Mojito
 
Makes one
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Ingredients
  • 2 oz. white rum or Cruzan Mango Rum (we used Cruzan Mango Rum)
  • 3 – 4 oz. club soda
  • 1 small very ripe mango, skin removed
  • ½ lime
  • 5 mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Blend the mango and rum in a blender and set aside. Muddle the mint leaves and juice of ½ lime. Add the club soda and rum/mango mixture. Add a bit more club soda if needed so that the mixture is not too thick. Gently stir. Pour over ice in a tall glass and stir again before serving. Garnish with mint.


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Caribbean Rum Punch

Rum Punch is a refreshing rum based beverage that we’ve had the pleasure of sampling in many different tropical locations, from the Caribbean to Hawaii. Each island seems to have their own distinct twist, from the type of rum used to the combination of juices. Our favorite Rum Punch experience happened on a sailing trip in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. We were lucky enough to explore the deserted island of Petit Tabac – an island used in filming Pirates of the Caribbean. Our captain and cook concocted a huge container of Rum Punch that the 6 of us enjoyed as we hiked and explored the beautiful island. We tried to recreate the flavor of that Rum Punch upon returning home and the following recipe about nails it – sorry we can’t include the island!!

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Caribbean Rum Punch
(makes 2)

1/2 oz. lime juice
4 oz. orange juice
4 oz. pineapple juice
1 1/2 oz. dark rum
1 1/2 oz. light rum
A little grenadine for color

Mix ingredients together, pour over ice and sprinkle with nutmeg and garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.


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