Tropical Drinks Add Island Ambience to Your Wedding Reception

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Serving a signature tropical drink adds excitement to your special day. Use tiki torches, umbrellas, pineapple slices and let the party begin. The names of many tropical drinks evoke thoughts of palm trees, sandy beaches, hula dances, lelolais, and all sorts of exotic, romantic happenings.

Beach theme weddings should be fun and the essence of island living must be reflected in the ambience of you ceremony and most importantly in your reception. Serving a signature tropical drink adds excitement to your special day. Use tiki torches, umbrellas, pineapple slices and let the party begin. The names of many tropical drinks evoke thoughts of palm trees, sandy beaches, hula dances, lelolais, and all sorts of exotic, romantic happenings.

Consider presenting your wedding guests with a unique and affordable beach theme favors such as personalized Dominican Cigars for male guests and scented Hurricane Gel Candles for the ladies. Both items and many more beach theme favors and island edible favors can be found on http://www.islandweddingfavors.com.

“Islandweddingfavors.com has really unique wedding favors. We carry a gourmet selection on Caribbean edible favors such as the entire Island Rose Tea line, Tortguga and Bacardi rum cake favors, personalized hot sauce favors as well as sand dollar cookies. Guest love edible favors,” says Mia Lange, owner of http://www.islandweddingfavors.com.

Below are some of Ms. Lange’s favorite drinks.

Bahama Mama

Ingredients

  • 1/4 oz Coffee Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Dark Rum
  • 1/2 oz Coconut Liqueur
  • 1/4 oz 151 Proof Rum
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon
  • 4 oz Pineapple juice or crushed pineapple

Combine all ingredients and pour over cracked ice in a collins glass. Decorate with a strawberry or cherry and serve.

Acapulco Zombie

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz White Rum
  • 1 dash Creme de Menthe
  • 3 oz Orange Juice
  • 3 oz Grapefruit Juice

Add the 4 liquors to a tall glass half filled with ice cubes. Fill with the two juices.

Cuba Libre

Literally, Free Cuba, the largest of the Greater Antilles islands in the Caribbean and the closest in distance to the United States of America. At its closest point, it is barely eighty miles away from the USA southeastern tip. But considering that you did not visit this site to learn geography or politics, here's the recipe:

Ingredients

  • Rum
  • Coca-Cola
  • Lemon
  • Ice

Fill a 9-ounce glass with ice cubes. Pour Coca-Cola in down the sides of the glass to avoid a bubbling effect. Add a squeeze of lemon. Stir. Pour in one shot glass full of Rum. Sip.

Mojito

Ingredients:

  • fresh Mint sprigs
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 3 tblsp fresh Lemon juice (or lime)
  • 1 1/2 oz Light rum
  • Club soda, Chilled
  • 3 or 4 ice cubes

In a tall thin glass, crush part of the mint with a fork to coat the inside. Add the sugar and lemon juice and stir thoroughly. Top with ice. Add rum and mix. Top off with the club soda (or seltzer). Add a lemon slice and the remaining mint. Serves one.

Piña Colada

is now known around the world as a symbol of the Tropics. Here's a possible beginning for your own romantic happenings:

Ingredients

  • 8 fluid ounces Pineapple juice (preferably, of course, pineapple chunks from a fresh pineapple)
  • 8 fluid ounces Coconut cream (available canned under several brand names. The best known is Coco Lopez, Real Cream of Coconut.
  • 6 ounces Rum
  • 3 to 4 cups of Ice
  • Cherries
  • Slices of pineapple, orange or lime
  • Paper umbrellas (?)

In a blender, grind ice while gradually adding the pineapple, coconut cream and rum. Alternatively, use shaved ice. The ice should be thick enough to hold a cherry on top without sinking in. Serve in a tall glass with a straw. Garnish with one cherry and a slice of fruit. Insert a paper umbrella for that additional tropical, exotic touch.

Omit the rum for a delicious non-alcoholic Piña Colada.

Mai Tai

Ingredients:

1 fluid ounce light rum 1/2 fluid ounce Triple Sec 1 fluid ounce lime juice or lemon juice 1 fluid ounce pineapple juice 2 fluid ounces orange juice a dash of Grenadine Shake all ingredients into an old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice; top with 1/2 fluid ounce of dark rum.

Goombay Smash Recipe

Ingredients:

1 oz Spiced Rum

1 oz Malibu Coconut Rum

1/4 oz Apricot Brandy

2 oz Pineapple Juice

2 oz Orange Juice

Mixing Instruction

Mix all ingredients in a highball glass with ice and shake. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger amaretto liqueur
  • 1 fluid ounce light rum
  • 1 fluid ounce dark rum
  • 6 fluid ounces orange juice
  • 6 fluid ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 dash grenadine syrup
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 maraschino cherry

Directions:

1. Fill a 16 ounce glass with ice. Pour in amaretto, light rum and dark rum. Pour in orange juice, pineapple juice, and lemon juice. Stir, then top with a dash of grenadine and garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.

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