Iconic Beach Cocktails and Where to Get the Original
Learn more about your favorite pool drinks and where they were born.
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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.
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.
A cocktail made out of necessity, Tiki John of the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar, had an excess of rum to move. He created the Rum Runner in the 1950s and you can still order this drink at the newly remodeled bar today.
This drink dates back to the early 1900s and was created by Ngiam Tong Boon of the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Still served today, this drink features gin and a signature red color from the addition of cherry liqueur and grenadine.
Heralded as Bermuda's National Drink, the Rum Swizzle has claims in many bars, such as the Saint Kitts Shipwreck bar. What makes the drink official is the swizzling by a real swizzle stick from the actual Swizzle Stick Tree (Quararibea turbinata).
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.