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When you travel to the Caribbean you will more than likely indulge in a local cocktail. Which are best? The following five are local favorites!

Planter’s Punch

Planter’s Punch is not just a drink, it’s a way of life for most Caribbeans. This refreshing rum and fruit juice concoction is made with 1 ½ oz. dark rum, ¼ oz. grenadine and 2 oz. pineapple juice. Mix ingredients together, and pour over ice. Add a splash of club soda, if you want and enjoy!

Nipper Juice

Nipper Juice is a tantalizing mix of rum, pineapple, orange, and cranberry juice. Nipper Juice is made of 2 parts rum, 2 parts pineapple juice, 2 parts orange juice, 1 part cranberry juice and a splash of Nassau Royal Liquor. It is typically garnished with a cherry, but add any fruit you’d like, and enjoy!

Dark “n” Stormy

This simple mix of dark rum and ginger beer over ice has roots in colonial Bermuda, where England’s Royal Navy opened a ginger beer plant in the late-19th century. The drink was traditionally made with a dark, heavy Demerara-style rum, which was part of the sailors’ daily rations. It is made with 2 ounces of rum, one ounce lime juice and four ounces of ginger beer. It is typically garnished with a lime wheel.

Painkiller

What exactly makes up a Painkiller? Coconut cream, pineapple juice and orange juice make this drink a favorite.  A Painkiller is made of 1 1/2 ounces Virgin Islands rum, 1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice, fresh, 1/2 ounce orange juice, fresh 3/4 ounce cream of coconut and garnished with nutmeg.

Airmail

The first instance of the Air Mail cocktail was documented in Esquire magazine’s 1949 edition of Handbook for Hosts. It’s not certain why the drink is named for the modern delivery method, but it can be said the Air Mail is quite like the Caribbean version of a French 75, with a splash of lime whisked into a turbulent mix of rum, honey and Champagne. 1 1/2 ounces rum, gold (Appleton or El Dorado), 3/4 ounce lime juice, scant 3/4 ounce honey syrup and Champagne (or any dry sparkling wine).

Whether you go with a Dark “n” Stormy or an Airmail, you are sure to enjoy the great Caribbean tastes infused in these cocktails.