When thinking about holidays, one often conjures an image of relaxing on the beach with a cocktail because after all, it’s one of the best ways to relax and enjoy the culture! Sit back, relax and read on to discover a list of some of our favourite drinks for you to try on your next vacation!
This heavenly cocktail is made with 3 parts pineapple juice, one part white rum, one part coconut cream and is usually garnished with a pineapple slice or maraschino cherry. The name Pina Colada literally means ‘strained pineapple. It gained worldwide popularity after the release of Rupert Holmes’s song, Escape (The Pina Colada Song).
It’s hard to go past a decadent daiquiri whilst on vacation. With a mix of rum, lime juice, and sugar syrup, there are endless ways to enjoy this drink. The most popular is, of course, the strawberry daiquiri but other popular flavours include mango, banana and peach. The most popular way to enjoy this cocktail is by drinking the frozen variety.
Gin and Tonic
Another English favourite is the classic gin and tonic, or G and T. First created by the army of the British East India Company in India, one of the main ingredients was tonic water, which back then, was heavily infused with quinine. Quinine was used to ward off malaria as the tropical climate in India proved problematic and was home to many mosquitoes. Gin, sugar, ice and citrus were added to the tonic water to make the drink more palatable, and as an added bonus, the citrus also fought against scurvy!
The popular margarita is a cocktail which consists of tequila, triple sec and lime or lemon juice, and served with salt on the rim of the glass. The first frozen margarita machine was created in 1971 by 26-year-old Martinez, who was looking for a way to disperse drinks to the customers of a restaurant quickly. After being inspired by a Slurpee machine at 7-Eleven, Martinez transformed a soft-serve machine into the worlds first frozen margarita machine. Not a bad invention if you ask us!
Long Island Iced Tea
What’s more summery than a drink with ‘island’ in the name? This strong drink is served in a high-ball glass with tequila, gin, vodka, rum, triple sec, lemon juice and a splash of cola. It resembles the colour and taste of iced tea, hence the name, even though it contains no tea.
A shandy is beer mixed with soft-drink and highly refreshing on a hot summers day. In Germany they are called radlers (or Alsterwasser in the North) and consist of a 50/50 mix of beer and sparkling lemonade. A popular drink to try in the biergardens if you decide to travel to Bavaria during summer! This drink is also called a Clara con Limon in Spain. Radlers or shandies are ideal for those wanting something on the lighter side of alcohol.
Sex on the Beach
Combine vodka, cranberry juice, peach schnapps and orange juice and you’ll have one great holiday drink! Drunk in a highball glass, this classic cocktail is the perfect drink to relax by the beach with. It is said that this cocktail was invented by a bartender in Florida trying to win a local bar-tending competition. When asked what the drink was called, he came up with the name ‘Sex on the beach’, due to what he thought were the major reasons people flocked to Florida during the summer break. Although the name created was a joke, it has fast become one of the most well-known cocktails. The non-alcoholic version of this drink is sometimes called ‘safe sex on the beach or ‘virgins on the beach’.
The mojito definitely has some history behind it and it is said to be over 500 years old! A traditional and refreshing drink, this cocktail contains white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water and muddled lime.
Who could go past the beautiful flavours of sangria on a holiday to Spain or Portugal? Traditional versions of this consist of red wine, orange juice, liquor, ice, sweetener and chopped fruit. Its best shared with company and served in a big jug. Since 1991, there has even been a law in the European Union regarding the proper definition of sangria as too many ‘imposter’ sangrias were created. It is only allowed to be labelled as genuine sangria if it was made in Spain or Portugal.
If you’re heading off to Polynesia, the South Pacific or to any kind of island getaway, the Mai Tai is a great choice for a pool or sea-side drink. Associated with ‘Tiki culture’, the Mai Tai is made with white and dark rum, fresh lime juice, curacao and orgeat syrup. Fruit is usually used as a garnish.
A must-try in Italy, this Venetian wine cocktail mixes fresh white peach purée and prosecco sparkling wine. Giuseppe Cipriani created the pink drink which is said to of reminded him of the colour of a saint’s toga in a painting by Italian Renaissance artist Giovanni Bellini, so Cipriani named his recipe in honour of the painter.
Much like the loved Pina Colada, this cocktail also contains pineapple juice and coconut cream. With a vodka twist, this Hawaiian cocktail from the seventies is sure to be a winner! Whipped cream can even be added to to top for those feeling extra indulgent.
We bring bourbon into the mix with the Mint Julep. Combine bourbon, water, mint leaves and powdered sugar with ice to cool down on a summers day. This drink was traditionally served in a silver or pewter cup and held only by the bottom and top edges to allow frost to form on the cup.
This gin-based cocktail was created by Ngiam Tong Boon, a Hainanese bartender working in Singapore. Made with Cointreau, juice, gin, grenadine, cherry brandy and bitters, this is definitely one for the sweet-tooths. After the turn of the century in colonial Singapore, it was uncommon for females to drink alcohol in public due to etiquette reasons, and they generally sipped on teas or juices. Ngiam saw this as an opportunity to create the Singapore Sling, as it looked like fruit juice, rather than a delicious concoction of gin and other liquors.
Named after the famous actress, this non-alcoholic cocktail is created by adding grenadine to soft-drink with the addition of a cherry. Perfect for the designated drivers!
We hope our list has inspired you to sample some of the drinks listed here on your next holiday. Always remember to be responsible with alcohol and follow the laws, especially when in the possession a vehicle, as most countries have a zero-tolerance policy on drink-driving in order to keep everyone safe. Visit our website or call 0800 358 1229 to find car or campervan hire at over 20,000 other destinations around the world and get on your vacation sooner!