Recipe: Caribbean Cocktails

A quintessential part of the Caribbean experience, Caribbean cocktails are perhaps as delicious as the islands’ offerings of sun, sea, and sand. The Caribbean has birthed at least a dozen classic cocktails, from the British Virgin Islands’ potent Painkiller to Puerto Rico’s creamy Pina Colada. That most are rum-based comes as little surprise, as the West Indies is where rum was first made, mentioned in records from Barbados as early as 1650.

The Painkiller


A sweet Caribbean libation with just the perfect hints of tropical fruit, the Painkiller was first created at Jost van Dyke’s Soggy Dollar Bar, nestled in the island’s paradisical White Bay. Try this cocktail whenever SeaDream drops anchor in this secluded British Virgin Islands locale—best enjoyed barefoot in the sand. Should you like to customize your own version at home, here are our bartenders’ favorite proportions:


Cubed ice

2 oz. rum

2 oz. pineapple juice

2 oz. cream of coconut

1 oz. orange juice

Dash of nutmeg

Pineapple wedge for garnish


Fill a glass with ice. Add all ingredients and briskly stir. Add a dash of nutmeg on top and garnish with a pineapple wedge. Dip your toes in the sand for full effect. 

At the sound of the yacht’s horn, let the bubbles flow!

Champagne and Caviar Splash™

Did you know? On every SeaDream Caribbean itinerary, our signature Champagne and Caviar Splash® bursts on beaches nestled within breathtaking bays and paradisical coastlines, followed by an elegant beach barbecue. Discover our Caribbean voyages here

The Dark ‘N’ Stormy

The Dark ‘N’ Stormy

A highball cocktail made with dark rum and ginger beer served over ice and garnished with a slice of lime, our onboard version of a Dark ‘N’ Stormy cocktail not only looks impressive, but it also tastes amazing. Just three ingredients and a glass full of ice are all that is needed for this spicy, zesty, refreshing cocktail. Popular within the yachting community, the Dark ‘N’ Stormy is also the national drink of Bermuda. 


Cubed ice

2 oz. spiced rum

3 oz. ginger beer  

½ oz. lime juice, optional

lime or orange slice, for garnish


Fill a tall glass with cubed ice. Add spiced rum and ginger beer. Add lime juice if desired. Stir and garnish with a slice of lime or orange. Enjoy! 

Our Top Selects for Spiced Rum

Goslings Black Seal Rum: a rich, flavorful rum from Bermuda and the officially recognized rum for this cocktail

Kraken Spiced Rum: one of our absolute favorites

Captain Morgan’s spiced rum: a stellar replacement when others aren’t readily available 

Are you ready to experience the secluded islands and playful yachting harbors of the Caribbean? SeaDream provides you with an intimate view of these destinations unlike any other boutique travel line.  Click here to check availability and reserve your next voyage. 

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