Let’s Set Up A Vacation Bar!

Going on vacation does not always mean staying in a swank hotel with a fabulous bar in the lobby. Many times a vacation means staying in condo, house or apartment.

If you find yourself staying someplace other than a hotel but still want quality cocktails during your stay, a little preplanning will be necessary. I recently stayed in a vacation condo and found a way to make a variety of great, fresh cocktails to enjoy.

In my preplanning phase, I decided on four different cocktails that I would make while vacationing. The cocktails all shared some key ingredients to make my shopping easier.

I also wanted to keep it within a reasonable budget. I choose four different drinks using two types of rum but you can choose any type of liquor and make it work also.

I created a shopping list of ingredients I would need to purchase. Each recipe contained items that would be easily obtained at the local grocery store. I tried to incorporate as much fresh fruit as possible.

I printed my shopping list, a recipe sheet and even made a cute little menu for my traveling companion to ‘order’ cocktails from while we lounged away the day by the pool relaxing. The menu was a fun touch that made every cocktail seem special.

I knew the condo I was headed to had no barware. I had to bring the tools I wanted to use. I kept things to a minimum as I had to fit it in my luggage.

I decided I could get by with a cocktail shaker, strainer, lime squeezer, muddler and jigger.

Once we arrived at the condo, I headed out to the liquor store and grocery store to procure all my items.

I bought mid-priced rums at the liquor store that I knew had good flavor and quality. If you’re not sure what constitutes a good brand when buying liquor, stick with a choice in a glass bottle and somewhere in the middle shelf space.

At the grocery store, I obtained the ingredients on my list; limes, cream of coconut, a fresh coconut, bitters, pineapple juice, fresh mint and sugar to make simple syrup.

I also bought two bags of ice because I knew the small ice-maker in our vacation condo would not be able to keep up with demand once I started mixing cocktails.

Back at the condo, I boiled a cup of water, added a cup of sugar, stirred it until dissolved and set it aside to cool. Simple syrup is actually really simple to make!

Within two hours of landing, my vacation home bar was set up and ready to serve. I handed my homemade menu to my traveling companion and took my first cocktail order.

I’m happy to share a few recipes from my lovely vacation cocktail menu. They are simple and easy to make where ever you find your self in the world.

Frozen Coconut Lime Daiquiri (serves 2-4)
8 oz. cream of coconut
2 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
4 oz. coconut rum
20 oz. ice

Add all ingredients into a blender. Set on high and blend for 25-30 seconds or until well blended. Pour into glasses or a Thai Coconut, garnish with toasted coconut flakes and a lime wheel. Enjoy.



Planter’s Punch
3 oz. dark rum
3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
3 dashes Angostura bitters

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker then add ice. Shake well and strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and mint.


Vacation Punch
2 oz. coconut rum
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. lime juice
3 oz. pineapple juice

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Add ice and shake well. Pour unstrained into a glass. Garnish with mint. Top with 1/2 ounce of dark rum if desired.

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