Iconic Beach Cocktails and Where to Get the Original
Learn more about your favorite pool drinks and where they were born.
The Blue Hawaiian was invented by Harry Yee, who was the head bartender of the Hilton Hawaiian Village, in the 1950s. The drink is still served there today and Harry, 96, still walks around Honolulu. The drink was inspired by the beautiful color of the Pacific Ocean.
Mai TaiThe godfather of all tiki drinks is the Mai Tai. Named after the Tahitian word for good, this cocktail was invented by Victor J. Bergeron of Trader Vic's fame in 1944. Victor's family is still at the helm of the brand and now Trader Vic's has locations worldwide where you can order the drink. 960 1280
The Pina Colada takes rum, coconut milk and pineapple juice then blends it with ice to make the beverage created in 1978. Ramon Portas Mingot claims to be the creator of this drink and you can still find it served today at the spot he worked, the Barrachina Restaurant, in the Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico.
The Zombie is my personal favorite beach drink and is from the mind of Donn Beach who founded Don the Beachcomber restaurant. This drink has a list of ingredients but, like most tiki cocktails, features rum. While first mixed in the 1930s, you can find them served at Don the Beachcomber any day of the week.
Royal Navy Fog CutterCreated by Tony Ramos of Don the Beachcomber tiki bar, this cocktail contains both rum and gin for a potent combo. This one goes back to the height of tiki in the 1950s and could be seen at many bars. Don't be fooled, Tony did not invent the Ramo's Gin Fizz as that drink goes back to the 1800s. 960 1280
Indonesia: Loewy Bar and BistroBartender Harli Garnawan serves up "the best, stiffest drinks in town” at this nostalgic, casual bistro. The bar sticks to classic cocktails, including Jakarta's largest selection of fine single malt whiskeys. If you want to see Garnawan's technique at work, try the "king of cocktails," a classic dry martini. 960 1280
Puerto Rico: SantaellaRenowned chef Jose Santaella celebrates the roots of the island's cocina criolla in this 80-seat dining room (complete with a tropical garden) and 16-seat bar. Knowledgeable bartenders, including World Class mixologist Leslie R. Cofresi, blend specialty cocktails, including the Sandia Mojito, which pairs muddled fresh watermelon and mint with Puerto Rican white rum, lime juice and a few secret ingredients. 960 1280
Dominican Republic: Pat’e PaloThis European Brasserie is separated into 2 parts: the bar has a livelier crowd, whereas the lounge is more relaxed. Both, however, serve delicious cocktails created by bartender Pavol Kazimir in a candlelit, romantic atmosphere. 960 1280
China: Bar ConstellationThis small space in Shanghai is big on spirits with over 300 single malts for whiskey drinkers. There's also an extensive cocktail list and a World Class mixologist, Tree Mao, whose signature cocktail is called M.A.N. (Mature, Authentic and Nature). 960 1280
Germany: Riva BarFor a hip cocktail bar, its name (after a 1970’s Italian football star Luigi Riva) and interior (which invokes a wind tunnel) are bold choices, but they don't outshine the excellent martinis and champagne cocktails served up by the likes of mixologist Harry Glockler. 960 1280
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