Don Q Punch
A classic summer cocktail from our friends at Don Q, all you need to make this drink is Don Q Gold, a dash of grenadine, 2 ounces of orange juice, 2 ounces of pineapple juice, and an orange or cherry slice for garnish. Shake, pour and enjoy!
The Bacardi Hand-Shaken Daiquiri
Forget rum and Coke; try rum and ginger? Yup: those are two of the ingredients in the powerful Dragon Punch, an Asian-accented cocktail found in Dragonfly and sister Dragonfly Too, both on Old San Juan's Fortaleza Street.
Okay, so it's not exactly exotic, but no list of Puerto Rican drinks is complete without mentioning the Piña Colada, which was born here. At which hospital, you ask? That would be Barrachina, a restaurant in Old San Juan that has claimed parenthood of the world-famous drink (there's even a plaque outside proclaiming the fact).
Hint: check out their web site, where you can email them for their original Piña Colada recipe.
Caged in the famous Parrot Club in Old San Juan, the Parrot Passion blends passion fruit, orange, Bacardi limón and triple sec. Among a long list of exotic drink at this long-time institution, it ranks at the top in popularity.
Refreshing, not too sweet, and bursting with summer flavor, this is the specialty at Aquaviva, one of Old San Juan's most fashionable restaurants.
At the normally mild-mannered Crow's Nest Inn in Vieques, things can heat up with the signature Caribbean Cosmopolitan, a masculine take on classic cocktail that uses white cranberry juice to eliminate the girly pinkish hue, and rum instead of vodka.
The Fantasy Martini is just one of an almost ridiculous menu of martinis at Tantra where Old San Juan meets New Delhi. What's in it? Start with three different flavored rums; mix in crème de cassis; add pineapple and lemon juices; squirt in a spritz of grenadine; and shake to the rhythm of the belly dancer. Check out their martini menu for the full range of flavor combinations available to you.
For the coconut lovers in all of us, Wet, the rooftop lounge at The Water & Beach Club Hotel in Isla Verde, gives you the Coco-Nuts Martini, made up of premium COCO Vodka, flavored coconut rum and coco cream.
Hint: check out their web site for a coupon for a free drink.