Gallery: Escape Endless Winter With a Tropical Drink

Mai Tai
Mai Tai

If you haven't tried a Mai Tai made with high-quality Jamaican rum, fresh lime, and good curaƧao, you probably haven't had the real thing. Give it a try.

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[Photo: Jessica Leibowitz]

Scorpion
Scorpion

Get your blender ready! This individually-sized Scorpion is based on the Trader Vic classic. It's tart and fresh, lightly sweet, and nicely spiked with a mixture of light Puerto Rican rum and brandy.

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[Photo: Jessica Leibowitz]

151 Swizzle
151 Swizzle

This crushed-ice and strong-rum drink dates back to the 1960s at legendary tiki bar Don the Beachcomber's. A little pastis and a sprinkle of nutmeg make this particularly delicious.

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[Photo: Jessica Leibowitz]

Pina Colada
Pina Colada

This pina colada recipe makes a drink that's rich and frothy but not too sweet. The key: it's shaken, not blended, and there's an added eggwhite for texture.

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[Photo: Christine Tsai]

Zombie Punch
Zombie Punch

Donn Beach created the Zombie, but he kept the recipe secret, so imitators made up all sorts of less-tasty variations. We've got the recipe for the 1934 original, made with cinnamon syrup and grapefruit juice, three kinds of rum, and a little Pernod.

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[Photo: Jessica Leibowitz]

Fog Cutter
Fog Cutter

A float of Amontillado sherry on top of this lightly sour sipper adds umami to the mix of fresh citrus and, well, pretty much all the different kinds of booze. Be careful: as Victor "Trader Vic" Bergeron wrote, "Fog Cutter, hell. After two of these, you won't even see the stuff."

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[Photo: Jessica Leibowitz]

Jungle Bird
Jungle Bird

Campari fans take note: this is your new favorite tropical drink. It's made with fresh lime and pineapple, plus bittersweet Campari and luscious blackstrap rum.

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[Photo: Alice Gao]

Saturn
Saturn

This gin-based drink is more tropical-tasting than you might expect. It's made with fresh lemon and tangy passionfruit syrup, plus orgeat and falernum for spice.

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[Photo: Jessica Leibowitz]

The Ancient Mariner
The Ancient Mariner

This variation on Navy Grog includes Demerara rum, dark Jamaican rum, fresh lime and grapefruit, and spicy allspice dram. It's both rich and refreshing.

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[Photo: Jessica Leibowitz]

Planter's Punch
Planter's Punch

Picture yourself in the Caribbean, sipping this longlived drink made with rich dark rum, fresh lime, and bitters. Not bad, right? But you might want to consider drinking it down a little bit slower—this one packs a punch!

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[Photo: Jessica Leibowitz]

Test Pilot
Test Pilot

Angostura bitters and clove-spiced Falernum add exotic flavor to this tiki drink, which dates back to 1941. You'll need two different types of rum: a dark Jamaican rum as well as a light Puerto Rican version.

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[Photo: Jessica Leibowitz]

Pineapple Rum Punch
Pineapple Rum Punch

If you're hosting a group this weekend, this easy pineapple rum punch will help everyone imagine warmer climes. Ripe, fresh pineapple is the key to this delicious pitcher drink, spiked with rum, and lightened with sparkling water.

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[Photo: Robyn Lee]