Puerto Rico has many cool places to hang out and sip on an icy, cold drink. The island offers many original cocktails with its own tropical flair and fruity flavor combinations made with Puerto Rican distilled spirits and fresh fruit juices native to the island. Here are the best cocktails of Puerto Rico and where to get them:
The Mist Rooftop Bar and Kitchen at the Water and Beach Club Hotel in Isla Verde is just the place to find the Coco-Nuts Martini. If you’re a lover of coconut and martinis, you are sure to love this drink. Inside is coco cream, premium COCO Vodka, and flavored coconut rum. Besides their delicious drinks, the Mist has a great roof deck that offers a view of Isla Verde, so come early to watch the sunset.
Don Q Punch
Named after Don Juan Serrallés, Don Q is a Puerto Rican rum distillery who makes fine spirits such as Don Q Gold. One of the best ways to enjoy it is in the Puerto Rican drink, Don Q Punch. Mixed with a splash of grenadine, orange juice, and pineapple juice, and garnished with an orange slice or cherry, this punch is the perfect summer cocktail. Most bars in San Juan and Ponce will be able to make it for you so be sure and ask for it. Some of the best places to try it at are Nono’s and El Bar Bero in San Juan and La Bodeguita and La Tertulia Kitchen Bar in Ponce.
The Dragonfly’s Dragon Punch
This next cocktail was made famous by two restaurants, Dragonfly and Dragonfly Too, popular local hangouts in Puerto Rico. Since 2000, these two restaurants have been serving up this specialty drink of guava, passionfruit, and ginger punch mixed with Don Q limón rum.
The Bacardi Hand-Shaken Daiquiri
Puerto Ricans love their Bacardi. The famous rum, which comes from the nearby island of Cuba, is a staple in numerous Puerto Rican cocktails, particularly the hand-shaken daiquiri. The drink is pretty simple to make, using two parts Bacardi Superior Light rum, equal parts squeezed lemon or lime juice, and two tablespoons of sugar to sweeten it up. It’s a very refreshing cocktail, and you can get it at Santaella’s restaurant and bar, or pretty much any respectable bar in Puerto Rico.
Barrachina’s Original Piña Colada
The classic pina colada is always a great go-to on a hot summer’s day or evening. Supposedly, this favorite cocktail originated at a restaurant in Old San Juan called Barrachina. Barrachina claims they first starting making the pina colada back in 1963 when bartender Don Ramon Protas Mingot invented the sweet beverage. Today, the restaurant is still open and serving its original pina colada.
Parrot Club’s Parrot Passion
Want to enjoy a refreshing mix of passion fruit, orange, Bacardi limón and triple sec? Try the Parrot Club’s Parrot Passion in Old San Juan. The Parrot Club is just the place to grab a drink in Puerto Rico, offering a great bistro menu and live Salsa and Latin Jazz.