With the world in lockdown, many of us are trying our hand at home-grown mixology. If you fancy yourself a budding bartender, we recommend shaking things up with these signature Belizean drinks – or adding them to your “sip list” during your next trip.
The national cocktail of Belize, Rum Punch takes pride of place on every drinks menu in the country. And with good reason. It’s simple, sweet, and bursting with laid-back Caribbean vibes.
-2 cups white rum
– 1 cup of coconut rum
– 2 ½ cups orange juice
– 2 ½ cups pineapple juice
– ½ cup fresh lime juice
– 3 Tbsp grenadine
Mix the above into a pitcher, and leave to chill. Serve over ice, adding orange and pineapple slices for a garnish. This recipe makes enough for you and your friends. Bottoms up!
You’re probably familiar with its strawberry-infused cousin, but Belize’s watermelon daiquiri adds some much-needed summer to your life.
– 2 cups watermelon (chopped and frozen)
– 6 Tbsp light rum
– 2 tsp sugar or honey
– 2 Tbsp orange liqueur
– 2 Tbsp lime juice
– lime zest
Puree the watermelon, then strain. Pour the watermelon juice into a cocktail shaker, adding the other ingredients. Cover, shake, and serve! This makes enough for you and your honey (assuming you want to share).
The name of this cocktail may need an update, but its recipe is still spot on. Fresh, fruity and with only two ingredients, it’s perfect for those warm, lazy days when you don’t feel like doing much!
– 2-3 oz coconut rum
– fresh pineapple juice
Pour the rum over ice, top with pineapple juice, give it a swirl, and garnish with a lime wedge. Too easy!
Named for Belize’s One Barrel Rum, this simple cocktail brings together the sweet and the tart for a uniquely Belizean taste.
– 2-3 oz dark rum
– fresh cranberry juice
Pour the dark rum over ice, top with cranberry juice, stir, and enjoy!
Local bottles and brews
Belize’s brews may be hard to find Stateside, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. We recommend taste tasting as many of our fruit wines as you can find during your visit. After all, there are few places in the world where you’ll be able to try soursop wine, cashew wine, or ginger wine! Belize also has a hearty brewing industry best-known for Belikin; other Caribbean beers worth a try are Kubuli Gold and Carib Lager. And don’t miss the opportunity to stop by Placencia’s own Hobb’s Brewing Company next time you’re in town (or just grab a taste at Inky’s!).
We hope you’ve found a favorite from the list above – if not, the team at Sirenian Bay looks forward to mixing you a tailored-to-you cocktail during your visit!