Whether you’re in the mood for a frozen tropical drink with tropical flair or a handcrafted cocktail made with the finest ingredients, bars across Bermuda cater to every taste. Read on to discover Bermuda’s best cocktails. Cheers!
1. Harry’s Signature Cocktail at Harry’s Restaurant and Bar
Harry’s was named in memory of Harry Cox, a deep-sea diver and island patriarch who used to mix up his own special drink. Today, Harry’s Signature Cocktail continues to be featured on the menu. Made with Harry’s Rum from the Barrel and a splash of ginger ale, this drink is simple yet refreshing. With an extensive cocktail menu and Wine Spectator award-winning wine cellar, the hip waterfront hot spot is a favourite for Friday happy hour.
Located at 96 Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke, HM 08 Bermuda, 441-292-5533.
2. Rum Swizzle at Swizzle Inn
The Swizzle Inn, known as Bermuda’s oldest pub, is a Bermuda landmark favoured by locals and visitors. It also happens to be the birthplace of Bermuda’s original Rum Swizzle, the deliciously potent national drink made with Goslings Black Seal Rum, Barbados Rum, Triple Sec, pineapple juice, orange juice, Bermuda Falernum, and Angostura Bitters.
Swizzle Inn has two locations: Bailey’s Bay, 441-293-1854; Swizzle South Shore, Warwick, 441-236-7459.
3. Bermuda Old Fashioned at 1609 Bar & Restaurant
This harbourside experience offers uninterrupted views and open-air dining atop the Princess Marina. A carefully crafted cocktail menu offers Bermuda classics as well as island-inspired libations such as the 1609 Frozen Rum Punch and pitchers of delicious Sangria. The Bermuda Old-Fashioned is a house favourite, which features Bermuda’s world-renowned Gosling’s Family Reserved Rum, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, peach bitters and orange peel.
Located at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess, 76 Pitts Bay Road, Hamilton.
4. The Sunset at The Beach House
Located at Achilles Bay, The Beach House is in the shade of historic Fort St. Catherine, the most easterly point of the Bermuda islands. This laid-back establishment is perfect for unwinding and having a cocktail or two and watching the sun go down. Cocktail mavens should sample their signature cocktail, The Sunset. While the cocktail’s recipe is top secret, it’s so good the number of the cocktails guests can order are limited.
Located at the St. George’s Club, 6 Rose Hill, St. George’s, GE 05, 441-297-1200.
5. Dark ‘n Stormy at Bermuda Bistro at The Beach
No trip to Bermuda is complete without a taste of the island’s signature drink, a Dark ‘n Stormy. Bermuda Bistro and Bar, better known as “The Beach,” is home to the 50 oz version of the concoction made with Black Seal Rum and Barritt’s ginger beer. The Beach is also well-known for their Rum Swizzles — just make sure not to mix them, unless you’re really in the mood for a killer buzz.
Located at 103 Front Street; 441-292-0219.
6. Pink Sand Margarita at White Horse Pub & Restaurant
When on vacation, sipping on a frozen tropical drink should be at the top of anyone’s priority list. Available exclusively at White Horse, the White Horse Pink Sand Margarita is a must-try. This frozen concoction is made with Jose Cuervo Tequila, piña colada, Triple Sec, cranberry juice and fresh lime juice. Pair your cocktail with breathtaking views of St. George’s Harbour, and you’re golden.
Located at 8 Kings Square, St. George, GE 05, 441-297-1838.
Photo courtesy of White Horse Pub & Restaurant