Your Cultural Vacation: Traditional Jamaican Drinks
Planning a cultural night in your home to get everyone in your family or group pumped about the upcoming vacation to the Ocean View Villa in Ocho Rios, Jamaica? You provide the entertainment and we’ll provide the beverage menu! Here are a few drink ideas that you’ll likely be able to either purchase in your local grocery stores or mix up in your kitchen. They will be sure to get everyone in a Jamaican mood.
Non Alcoholic Drinks:
- Carrot, mango, pineapple, or guava juice
- Ginger beer
- Coffee (Blue Mountain Coffee brand can be purchased online!)
- Red Stripe, Tallawah, or Rumbar (Some classic Jamaican beers)
- Traditional Jamaican Rum Punch
- Pina Colada
- Hummingbird Cocktail
Never made a Rum Punch before? We have provided the recipe for your enjoyment. It is best served with local Jamaican rum but most brands will suffice.
Traditional Jamaican Rum Punch
- 1 cup of lime juice
- 2 cups of cherry or strawberry syrup (Grenadine will also work)
- 2 cups of white Jamaican rum
- 2 cups of fresh pineapple juice
- 2 cups of fresh orange juice
- 1 pinch of grated nutmeg
Pour in all ingredients over ice. Garnish with slices of orange or pineapple if desired. This recipe tastes the best if you use fresh lime, orange, and pineapple juice. The nutmeg is optional.
Rum is made from distilled sugar cane by products, eg: molasses. Jamaica rum is sold in over 70 countries around the world. Appleton Estate, located near the Black River and south of Montego Bay. It’s the second oldest distillery in the world. Appleton was founded in 1749 and boasts the oldest aged rum (50 years).
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Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding your Ocho Rios/Jamaica travel questions and/or any special requirements. We are just as excited as you are when it comes to Ochi, so send us your questions, inquiries or make a reservation whenever you’d like.