Many of the Caribbean's refreshing beverages center around tropical fruits found year round on the islands. But islanders also enjoy their coffee and tea. This drink list is some of the best non-alcoholic beverages you'll find.
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Peach Mango SmoothiePeaches and mangoes go together so well. When the temperatures start climb, cool off with a cold peach and mango smoothie. It's a great way to enjoy local peaches when they are in season.
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Papaya Milk Shake
This shake is quick and easy to make. It's not a typical milk shake as it combines papayas with evaporated milk and sugar. It makes a refreshing summer drink or light snack. Do not use sweetened condensed milk in this recipe.
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Lime Water, Swank and Wash are all names used to describe Caribbean Style Lemonade, which is really made with limes not lemons. Apart from the freshly squeezed juice of limes and water, this refreshing drink is sweetened with Demerara Sugar or Cane Sugar. And, to add a hint of spiced flavor, a few drops of vanilla essence is included in the mix. A drop or two of Angostura Bitters makes this Caribbean lemonade a refreshing and enticing drink.
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Pineapple and Orange Smoothie
In the Caribbean, an array of tropical fruits are used in a variety of beverages. The citrus flavors of orange and pineapple in this smoothie are great for cooling off and your sure to get a boost of vitamin C in this drink.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Here is an excellent party punch that children and adults can enjoy. Try this easy citrus fruit punch at your next party or summer outing when you want a cold refreshing drink.
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A hot cup of bay leaf tea is comforting, and smells so good. The fragrant leaves release there essence and gives off a spiced tea scent that will have you going back for a second cup. Elders in the Caribbean believe that bay leaf tea can lower your blood pressure, aid with digestive problems and even get rid of headaches. Whether or not these claims are true, one thing is certain, you'll love this tea.
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Cuban Coffee PrimerHere is a great introduction to Cuban coffee from our Miami Expert, Renee Chappel. She's put together an informative primer for translating the drink names as well as some customs for drinking them.
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This Agua Fresca recipe from our Mexican Food Expert, Chelsie Kenyon is a little different than the original. It looks and tastes similar to a tart cranberry juice with a subtle tea flavor. When it is served ice cold, the tea flavor is almost imperceptible and this drink is loaded with vitamin C.