We may not be able to travel to paradise right now due to COVID-19 but by golly, we deserve at least a taste of it! We asked some of our favorite honeymoon hotspots to share their recipes for their signature cocktails, and just reading the recipes has our minds drifting to warmer waters.
The signature cocktail at Six Senses Yao Noi, which can be easily replicated at home, is made with lemongrass rum, Cointreau (orange liqueur), homemade lemongrass syrup, cranberry juice, lemon juice and aromatic bitter.
Ingredients: 50ml Lemongrass rum 15ml Cointreau (orange liqueur) 15ml homemade lemongrass syrup (recipe below) 15ml cranberry juice 25ml lemon juice
3 drops aromatic bitters
Garnish: orange twist/lemongrass stick
Directions for homemade lemongrass syrup (can be replaced with Monin Lemongrass Syrup): 700ml water, 300 grams lemongrass (chopped), 500 grams palm sugar
Directions: Pour all the ingredients into a shaker and add the ice cubes. Shake and fine strain into a glass over ice.
Dawa means “medicine” in Swahili, and this drink, which is now a favorite in Kenya, first came over from Brazil.
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon sugar 2 fl oz vodka crushed ice cube 1 whole lime, quarter with skin on 1 dawa stick, twisted in honey (any wooden stick, such as a honey stick, will work)
Directions: Put lime and sugar into a whisky tumbler. Crush limes slightly, add ice and pour in the vodka. At this point you twist a dawa stick into some honey and add the stick to the drink. Muddle limes with dawa or honey stick. The more you crush the limes into the mixture and stir the sweeter the taste.
Nestled between Key West Harbor and Mallory Square, where historic Duval Street begins the old town experience, the resort’s signature cocktail delivers the perfect mix of warm breezes, sunset celebrations, relaxation and revelry with an easy-to-make recipe from home.
Ingredients: 2 oz. Bacardi Superior Rum 1 oz. Grapefruit Juice 1 oz. Lime Juice 0.5 oz. Cane Syrup 0.5 oz Maraschino Liqueur
Directions: Strain over crushed ice in a double old fashioned glass, and garnish with a grapefruit slice.
CHIC’s LovePotion will have you dreaming of the D.R. while you sip the refreshing violet-colored drink poolside.
Ingredients: 2 oz Vodka 1.5 Lime Juice .5 oz Grenadine 1 oz Blue Curaçao
Directions: Pour Vodka, lime juice grenadine and Blue Curaçao over ice in a shaker and mix ingredients until the drink is a bright violet color. Pour over fresh glass of ice and garnish with a flower or lime wedge
Inspired by the original cosmopolitan, and perfect to make at home, Café Boulud’s WhiteCosmo swaps out the red cranberry for white to make the drink see-through and allow for the visual effect of the orchid ice ball. Tart, yet refreshing at the same time, the cocktail is slightly sweet and parfumy.
Ingredients: 2 oz Stolichnaya Vodka 1 oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur ¾ oz White Cranberry Juice ½ oz Lime Juice 1 Orchid Ice Ball*
Directions: In a shaker, combine liquid ingredients with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a carafe. Place orchid ice ball in a martini glass. When ready to serve, pour contents of carafe over ice ball.
*Orchid Ice Ball – Place 1 pesticide-free orchid in 2” diameter ice ball mold, fill with filtered water, and freeze.
Perfectly capturing the essence of the resort’s “Get Lost” motto the tropical “Gumby Slumber” is the signature cocktail at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, the 4-acre, private island resort located discreetly off the fabled coastline of the Florida Keys.
Ingredients: 1 part pineapple juice 1 part cranberry juice 1 part orange juice 1 part Captain Morgan Spiced Rum 1 part Parrot Bay Rum Fresh coconut
This exotic cocktail straight from JW Marriott Cancun’s 150 Margaritas Menu strikes the perfect balance between the smoky notes of mezcal and the refreshing and tropical hints of orange.
Ingredients: 1 ½ oz Tequila (Preferably Tierra Noble Reposado) 1 oz Cointreau 1 oz Mezcal ½ oz Simple syrup 1 oz Orange juice ¾ oz Lemon juice Tajin seasoning for rim
Directions: Pour all ingredients in a shaker glass and muddle together. Add ice and shake. Line the glass rim with Tajin seasoning (if available). Pour ingredients into the glass, and garnish with an orange slice. Enjoy.
Mango lovers can tap into the tastes of the island of Saint Lucia with a delicious blend of fresh mango, lime juice and rum.
Ingredients: 1 ½ oz Bounty Rum 3 oz Fresh Mango Puree 1 teaspoon Lime Juice 1 teaspoon Simple Syrup 1 dash of Bitters
Directions: Put the rum, mango puree, lime juice and bitters in a shaker. Cover and shake quickly and hard. Strain into a large tumbler filled with ice. Garnish with a fresh mango slice.
Passion in the Dessert from Le Blanc Spa Resort, Los Cabos
Mixologist Roberto Martinez created a crafted cocktail with rose petal salt inspired by the local region and the passion of love. This unique concoction can be found at Bar Fire at Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos.
Ingredients: Mix of berries Mezcal Agave Nectar
Directions: Combine and serve over blackberry or raspberry ice. Perfumed with cardamom essence (can substitute cinnamon or nutmeg) and rimmed with rose petal salt (can substitute pink Himalayan salt).