3 of our favourite tropical-inspired cocktails

One of the best parts of vacation is soaking up the sun poolside with your favourite tropical drink in hand! In honour of National Mojito Day on July 11, we put together some of our favourite tropical-inspired cocktails – including mocktail substitutes – that you can enjoy both on the beach and at home.

Check out these recipes courtesy of Royalton Luxury Resorts and bring a taste of the tropics to your living room!

Mojito surrounded by fresh limes and sprigs of mint
Classic Cuban Mojito

This traditional Cuban drink, which was created in Havana, is a perfect combination of sweet and minty. Enjoy it on a hot summer day at home or order it by the pool at Royalton Hicacos Resort and Spa.

What you’ll need:

  • 5 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 oz. white rum OR Sprite
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • Crushed ice


  • Combine the mint, rum/Sprite, lime juice and sugar in a cocktail shaker and gently muddle the mint before adding ice and shaking for 15 seconds.
  • Strain into a glass filled with fresh ice, top off with a splash of club soda and garnish with extra mint or lime!
Two margaritas with salty rims sitting on a colourful table cloth
Mexican Margarita

Margaritas taste best by the beach at Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa! When you can’t make it down to Mexico, bring a taste of the tropics to your kitchen with this easy-to-make recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 oz. tequila OR club soda
  • 1 oz. triple sec OR orange juice
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. margarita salt
  • Splash of simple syrup


  • Rub the rim of a glass with lime and dip the rim of the glass into a small plate covered in margarita salt.
  • Combine tequila/club soda, triple sec/orange juice, fresh lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and shake for 20 seconds.
  • Strain into the glass rimmed with margarita salt, garnish with a lime and take a sip! For a frozen option, add the mixture into a blender with ice and mix well.
Pink drink in a cocktail glass sitting on a table overlooking the ocean
Hemingway Daiquiri

This classic island cocktail originated in Cuba (and was one of Ernest Hemingway’s favourite indulgences) – but this version is a specialty from Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa! Can’t make it the tropics yet? Mix one up at home and pretend you’re staring out at Antigua’s breathtaking shores.

What you'll need:

  • 1 oz. rum OR fruit juice of your choice
  • 2.5 oz. grapefruit juice
  • Splash of fresh lime juice
  • Splash of simple syrup


  • Mix all the ingredients in a martini shaker with lots of ice and shake well for 15 seconds.
  • Strain into a martini glass, garnish with a fresh lime wedge or a cherry and enjoy!

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