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All You Need to Know About National Rum Day & National Relaxation Day

Prepare yourself. This weekend has the potential to be, like, one of the best ones ever. What’s happening this weekend, you ask? Well today is National Relaxation Day and Saturday, the 16th is National Rum Day. That means kicking back with an ice-cold (rum) cocktail and unwinding is pretty much a necessity this weekend.

Here at CheapCaribbean.com, we aim to leave you feeling prepared. So we’ll start with a few of our favorite rum drink recipes to get you in the spirit of this weekend. And then we’ll give you a quick overview of our recommendations for the ultimate relaxation spots in the Caribbean & Mexico. So grab the rum and let’s start to loosen up!

Tropical Rum Punch

Tropical Rum Punch Recipe by Dreams Resorts for CheapCaribbean.com

As featured by Dreams Resorts & Spas, this concoction makes a pitcher’s worth and it perfect for the group festivities you have planned this weekend.

What you need:

  • 3/4 cup white rum
  • 1/2 cup coconut rum
  • 1/4 cup banana liqueur
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup pink grapefruit juice
  • Limes, sliced

How to make it:

Fill a pitcher halfway with ice. Add all the rum, liqueur and juices, mix well with large spoon and garnish with lime slices. Serves 6 to 8. Pour and enjoy!

Fresh Mint Mojito

Fresh Mint Mojito Recipe- National Rum Day- CheapCaribbean.com

The key to this light, refreshing cocktail is the fresh mint. Grab a few mint leaves and be sure to muddle in your mixing tin before concocting the rest of this drink. Sipping on this bad boy is almost a guarantee that ultimate relaxation will soon ensue.

What you need:

  • 4-5 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 ½ ounces white rum
  • 1/2 ounce agave nectar or simple sugar
  • 2 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
  • splash of club soda
  • Lime wedge

How to make it:

Use mixing tin to muddle 4-5 mint leaves. Add rum, agave nectar & lime juice and shake in mixing tin over ice. Pour into glass. Top off with a splash of club soda and a squeeze of lime. Enjoy!

Havana Lights Cocktail

Havana Lights Cocktail - Secrets Resorts - CheapCaribbean.com

Don’t worry. If you won’t be beachside this weekend, you can still drink like it. Secrets Resorts & Spas whips up their signature drink – the Havana Lights Cocktail, and you can now make it at home with this recipe.

What you need:

  • 3/4 ounce light rum
  • 3/4 ounce coconut rum
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce melon liquor
  • A few drops of grenadine syrup

How to make it:

Mix and shake the first three ingredients, then pour into a cocktail glass. Add a few drops of grenadine and then finish the drink off with a splash of melon liquor. Garnish with your favorite fruit and enjoy!

Piña Colada

Pina Colada Recipe - Breathless Punta Cana - CheapCaribbean.com

It wouldn’t be National Rum Day without a classic rum drink, like the Piña Colada. This recipe comes to us from the Vegas-style resort in Dominican Republic called Breathless Punta Cana.

What you need:

  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces cream of coconut
  • Pineapple wedge for garnish

How to make it: 

  1. Pour the ingredients into a blender filled with ice.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour cocktail into a glass and garnish with the pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry.
  4. Enjoy and picture yourself lying on the beach at Breathless Punta Cana!

Okay, now that the rum situation is under control. A quick session of vacation inspiration is only fitting for National Relaxation Day. You can find some of the best spa resorts in the Caribbean & Mexico, which is why all of our favorite relaxation day resorts are those with killer spas. They include:

Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya.

Spa Resort Mexico - Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya - CheapCaribbean.com
This spa is 22,000 sq. ft. and houses the only certified thalassotherapy and anti-aging center in North America. And for those of you that aren’t sure what that means (don’t worry, we didn’t either), it’s a type of spa therapy that treats your body through the use of freshly heated saltwater, seaweed and marine mud. So lather up with some therapeutic mud treatments, grab a (rum) cocktail and prepare to escape to a place of pure bliss.

Le Blanc Spa Resort.

Spa Resort Mexico - Le Blanc Spa Resort - CheapCaribbean.com

This boutique resort is focused around wellness and pretty much guarantees that your stay will be one of peace and quiet. Not to mention it's also a recipient of the "Conde Nast's "2012 Readers Choice Award." The spa itself has 19 treatment rooms and an extensive menu of services. You can recharge with a hydrotherapy circuit, beauty rituals and even a traditional Mayan "Kukulcan massage."

Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay.

Spa Resort Jamaica - Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay - CheapCaribbean.com

Tucked perfectly away on the tip of the Jamaican Island, this all-inclusive luxury resort is great for relaxing as a couple. Sign up for couples spa treatments at Secrets Spa by Pevonia or take advantage of the Unlimited-Luxury® program that comes standard here. That means instant access to beautiful pools/beaches, gourmet dining and endless drinks.

So there you have it – great inspiration for the upcoming holiday weekend. It’s pretty much mandatory that you whip up one of these rum-laced adult beverages and do your best to unwind from it all. Of course, we won’t blame you if you’d rather spend the weekend dreaming about making one of the above spa resorts of reality. The only thing we ask is that you do your part to make it happen (not asking too much, are we?). Oh, and be sure to let us know just how you plan on celebrating this weekend. Post your plans in the comments below. Cheers!

Brittany Innes is a travel junkie with a passion for food, trying new things, and being spontaneous.

 

Celebrate National Margarita Day with CheapCaribbean.com

We’re two days out from one of our favorite days of the year. National Margarita Day is this Saturday, February 22nd and all of us here at CheapCaribbean.com couldn’t be more excited (and ready) to celebrate. It’s the one day of the year it’s perfectly acceptable to pay tribute to the drink that got it’s start nearly 70 years ago in Acapulco and has become a staple, especially at the beach. This year, we have lots of fun planned so tune in and celebrate with us!

While you’re busy counting down the days, hours, and minutes until party time, it might be helpful to know what margarita flavor is the perfect fit to your personality. That’s why we recommend quizzing yourself with our helpful infographic:

What Kind of Margarita Are You?

CheapCaribbean.com National Margarita Day Infographic | What Kind of Margarita Are You?

On the actual day of this wondrous occasion, you can bet that we’ll be drinks in hand, toes in the sand. We’re hosting a National Margarita Day happy hour and this celebration just wouldn’t be complete without you!

You’re invited & here’s how to join the party:

  • On Saturday, February 22nd, join us for happy hour from 5-6pm CST. Follow along with CheapCaribbean.com on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram as we share fun facts, drink recipes and plenty of other margarita goodness.
  • Use the hashtag #MargaritaParty to share with us how you’re celebrating National Margarita Day. Mention @CheapCaribbean in any of your posts & we just might share your pictures, videos & comments with our fellow beach bums.
  • We’ll be giving away 4 Margaritaville® Key West™ Frozen Concoction Maker® to our favorite #MargaritaParty submissions.
  • Be sure follow our #MargaritaParty partners @SecretsResorts as they help us host the best margarita happy hour around!

So clear your calendars and get ready to hang with CheapCaribbean.com as we sip on some margs and pay tribute to one of our most favorite signature cocktails. It’s no secret we know a thing or two about margaritas and we can’t wait to celebrate with you. See you there!

Drink Recipes Fit for a Red Carpet

When it comes to red carpet events, we like to think the best accessory is often your drink. Below are some our favorite drink recipes to help you make any event a success!

Drink Recipes - Secrets Resorts - CheapCaribbean.com

Havana Lights Cocktail, as featured at Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

What you need:
• 3/4 ounce light rum
• 3/4 ounce coconut rum
• 3/4 cup pineapple juice
• 1/2 ounce. melon liquor
• A few drops of grenadine syrup

How to make it: Mix and shake the first three ingredients, then pour into a cocktail glass. Add a few drops of grenadine and then finish the drink off with a splash of melon liquor. Garnish with your favorite fruit and enjoy!

Tropical Rum Punch Drink Recipes from Dreams Resorts & CheapCaribbean.com

Tropical Rum Punch, as featured at Dreams Resorts & Spas

What you need:
• 3/4 cup white rum
• 1/2 cup coconut rum
• 1/4 cup banana liqueur
• 1 cup pineapple juice
• 1/4 cup orange juice
• 1/4 cup pink grapefruit juice
• Garnish: Limes, sliced

How to make it: Fill a pitcher halfway with ice. Add all the rum, liqueur and juices, mix well with large spoon and garnish with lime slices. Serves 6-8. Pour and enjoy.

Fresh Mint Mojito Drink Recipe from CheapCaribbean.com

Fresh Mint Mojito

What you need:
• 4-5 fresh mint leaves
• 1 ½ ounces white rum
• 1/2 ounce agave nectar or simple sugar
• 2 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
• splash of club soda
• Lime wedge

How to make it: Use mixing tin to muddle 4-5 mint leaves. Add rum, agave nectar & lime juice and shake in mixing tin over ice. Pour into glass. Top off with a splash of club soda and a squeeze of lime. Enjoy!

Drink Recipe from Grace Bay Club, Turks & Caicos - CheapCaribbean.com

Infinity Martini, as featured at Grace Bay Club, Turks & Caicos

What you need:
• 4 ounces Pineapple juice
• 1 ounce Malibu rum
• 1 ounce Hypnotiq liqueur

How to make it: Combine all ingredients with one cup of ice in a martini shaker, Shake to blend and pour into chilled martini glass. Garnish with pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry. Cheers!

Drink Recipes - Jamaica - CheapCaribbean.com

Blue Jamaica

What you need: 
• 1 ounce Blue Curacao
• 2 ounces pineapple juice
• 3 ounces champagne
• 1 pineapple slice

How to make it: Pour champagne in preferred glass, add pineapple juice and blue curacao. Garnish with pineapple slice. Cheers!

ultimate-agave

Ultimate Agave Margarita

What you need:
• 1 ounce Don Julio® Reposado Tequila
• ½ ounce Grand Marnier®
• 1 ½ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
• 1 teaspoon of agave nectar
• 1 lime wheel

How to make it: Add agave nectar, lime juice, Grand Marnier & Don Julio tequila together in a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into an ice filled margarita glass. Garnish with salt and a lime wheel. Sit back and sip!

And if you can't wait to mix up all of these concoctions and give them a try, be sure to tune into the Grammy's with CheapCaribbean.com as we live tweet the whole event and share more of our favorite cocktails. See all the drinks here. Cheers! 

Bottoms Up! Signature Vacation Drinks You Have to Try

Sun, sand and a cold drink in your hand – three necessities while on your beach getaway. Here at CheapCaribbean.com, we do our best to provide the sun and sand, all with great deals…but the drink, that’s up to you. Have no fear…we’re here with a few of our island favorites to try on your next vacation.

If the Mexico beaches are where you plan on spending your vacation, we suggest you sip fresh made sangria or better yet, ask your resort bartender what’s his or her favorite. On our most recent trip to Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, we asked for a specialty and our bartender suggested their famous Havana Lights Cocktail. They even shared the recipe with us, incase you want to give this drink a try at home before you go.

  • Three-fourths oz. light rum
  • Three-fourths oz. coconut rum
  • Three-fourths cup pineapple juice
  • Half oz. melon liquor
  • A few drops of grenadine syrup

Mix and shake the first three ingredients, then pour into a cocktail glass. Add a few drops of grenadine and then finish the drink off with a splash of melon liquor. Garnish with your favorite fruit and enjoy!

Resort Drink Recipes at Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun from CheapCaribbean.com

Grab a happy hour snack and drink at Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun's beachside cafe.

If you’d rather leave it up to the professionals, make plans to stay at Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun. You can also enjoy Unlimited-Luxury® which comes standard at this adults-only resort and promises kayaking, cooking demos, tequila tastings, floor concierges and Vegas-style shows. If this doesn’t sound like a beach bum’s dream, we’re not sure what does.

In Jamaica, you’ll find lots of drinks featuring rum, as it’s one of the island’s favorites. And while there’s lots of drink options on your Jamaican vacation, we asked our devote beach goers what was their favorite and the results are in. It was a tie between a Dirty Banana and Rum Punch – both island signatures.

Resort Drinks from Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa from CheapCaribbean.com

You don't even have to leave the ocean to get a refill at Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa.

Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa is a couple’s retreat, perfect for giving both of these favorites a try. This all-inclusive resort is fully equipped with top-quality liquor and five bars, including a swim up bar, making it virtually impossible not to ask a bartender for one of these sip-savoring signatures. Parked right on Seven Mile Beach, this Sandals resort earned a coveted Five Star Diamond Award for their top-notch service. And don’t worry, there’s seven restaurants, nightly entertainment and even a Piano Bar to make your Jamaican vacation one you’ll never forget.

Dreaming of the powdery white sands and crystal clear waters in Aruba? We are too. That’s why we recommend a luxury Aruba getaway to Occidental Grand Aruba, fully equipped with high-end all-inclusive, upgrade options, and of course, ice cold signature cocktails.

Aruba Drinks at Occidental Grand from CheapCaribbean.com

Dive up to one of the swim up bars and ask for your favorite drink at Occidental Grand Aruba.

Picture yourself sprawled out on a beach lounger while one of Occidental’s staff brings you a mouth-watering, hard-to-resist concoction. Our suggestion on what you should order? An Aruba Chi Chi. This drink is sweet and refreshing as it lends itself in similarity to a pina colada. Made with vodka, coconut, pineapple and ice, an Aruba Chi Chi is the perfect companion to a day spent on the beach.

So now that you have some of our favorites, tell us yours. Also, if you're looking for more drink recommendations, be sure to check out our website with even more options. Cheers, beach goers!