Top 10 Tenerife Cocktails
Top 10 Tenerife Cocktails
If you haven't yet discovered Tenerife's latin spirit, you're really not trying hard enough. Tune into the island's Latino beat, slip on the salsa shoes and order yourself the classic Cuban cocktail of Bacardi, mint, sugar and soda over crushed ice. Before you know it your hips will be in down town Havana.
Tenerife's annual Carnaval is the second biggest outside of Rio but you don't have to wait until Lent to awaken the carnival spirit. Just sidle over to the cocktail waiter and order Brazil's best loved party-in-a-glass concoction of Cachaça (sweet Brazilian rum) and fresh lime on crushed ice. ¡Pra caramba!
Sex on the Beach
Well you surely didn't think we'd leave this one out, did you? With so many glorious, golden beaches hugging Tenerife's coastline it would be a shame not to... toast them with this ever popular heady mix of vodka, peach Schnapps, orange and cranberry. What you do after you've drunk it is entirely your own business.
We're thinking of renaming this one the Tenerife sunset as watching the sun burnish the sky crimson as it slips behind the island of La Gomera is the perfect time for enjoying this sophisticated classic of Tequila, orange and grenadine.
Slip into the Jimmy Choos, pull on the Ray-Bans and discover Tenerife's penchant for city cool meets tropical paradise in one of the island's trendy nightspots. With a glass of vodka, Cointreau, cranberry and lime in hand and the Costa Adeje coastline shimmering on the horizon, think Carrie Bradshaw in LA, but without the Hollywood prices.
There's a reason why this fruity Tahitian blend of rum, triple sec, lime, Grenadine and pineapple is so popular and the clue is in the name. Mai Tai means out of this world, and who are we to disagree?
There are limitless ways in which you can marry alcohol with mixers to create cocktails that will blow your head off, soothe your spirit or simply taste sensational. Trends in cocktails may come and go but the classic dry Martini will forever conjure images of the likes of Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn. Gin and dry vermouth with an olive or a twist – timeless elegance in a glass.
Lest we get carried away on the new tide of Tenerife's sophistication, let's not forget our roots with the first cocktail that many of us ever tasted. Lashings of rum, pineapple and coconut in a glass that's top heavy with little umbrellas, plastic animals, fruit and a sparkler. For best effect, drink it on a sunny terrace overlooking the beach and order it with a broad Yorkshire accent.
The trademark cocktail of Raffles Hotel, and enjoyed by such luminaries as Ernest Hemingway and Somerset Maughan, sinking this iconic blend of cherry brandy, gin, Benedictine, pineapple and soda should lead to some pretty creative postcard writing.
Quite possibly the nicest way to enjoy some of Spain's sparkling cava, this giddy cocktail of peach nectar, peach Schnapps and cava tastes every bit as gorgeous as it looks. The perfect companion to hot Tenerife nights and dangerously quaffable, there's no telling where all those bubbles will lead...