If there’s anything I enjoy more than being on the beach, it’s enjoying a drink while being on the beach (which would explain my obsession with beach bars). So when a publication announces their list of best beach drinks, it grabs my attention. After all, if I’m going to own a beach bar someday, I should probably know what the best drinks are to enjoy on the beach, right? National Geographic released their list of the best beach drinks and while the list is compelling, the most surprising part is that it didn’t contain a longtime Caribbean mainstay.
The rum punch was born and bred in the Caribbean and is as closely associated with the islands as its world renowned beaches. If there’s any drink I’ve consumed more than any other while on the beach, it would be the rum punch. Not finding it on a list of best beach drinks is a little surprising. If there’s one drink you know you can get on any beach in the Caribbean, it’s the rum punch. Walk into any beach bar and ask them for their best cocktail and you’re probably going to get a rum punch. Rum is synonymous with the region which is synonymous with beaches which is synonymous with beach bars which are synonymous with rum punches. I have now used up my monthly allotment of the word “synonymous.”
You can view the whole list, absent rum punch of course, here. The Brazilian caipirinha, which would be my drink of choice, comes in at number two while the Caribbean is well represented with the pina colada, Red Stripe beer and the daquiri. What do you think of the list? Do you have a favorite that beach cocktail that you would include? If so, which one would you remove from the list? Let me know so I can have a good excuse to expand my beach drinking repertoire because everybody needs a goal in life.