Welcome to Easy Drinks and Apps! Here you will find the recipes and ‘how to’ videos for some of the best tasting exotic drinks in the British Virgin Islands
Exotic Drinks from the British Virgin Islands
My trip to the BVIs started out on a very cold day, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It had been postponed once already due to the pandemic, so I was really looking forward to getting away. I flew into St. Thomas and took a water taxi to the West End of Tortola. There I had to show my proof of COVID vaccination and my negative COVID test from the day before. Yes, I traveled during the pandemic and the documentation was what was needed to enter the British Virgin Islands. From there I took a taxi to Trellis Bay and then the ferry over to Scrub Island. My hope for this trip was to find a friendly bartender that would show me how to make some fancy tropical cocktails so that I could bring a taste of the Islands home and share the recipes with you.
My home base was the Marriott Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina. It was a perfect low-key place to call home. The resort had a number of shops including the Outpost Market & Deli, which is a store that serves the marina. They had everything I needed to stock my suite with snacks and drinks. The Outpost also served excellent breakfast sandwiches in the morning, so I started each day with a delicious egg and bacon sandwich. You go girls!!!! Next to the Outpost was the Dive BVI shop and besides offering tours and dives, they had great souvenirs. Needless to say, I bought quite a few items there. After I got settled into my room, I scheduled an all-day charter to the islands around Tortola. I wanted to find the best exotic cocktails that the BVIs had to offer.
The next day I was picked up at the Scrub Island Marina by Captain Jaime, from 3 J’s Boat Charter. We headed southeast to the Virgin Gorda Baths. Of course, I had to mix business with pleasure and after a 200 ft swim to the beach I took a leisurely stroll through the “Baths”. Ok, so it’s not exactly leisurely but it is a natural wonder and something that you shouldn’t miss if you are in the area. After a swim back to the boat we headed over to Cooper Island.
Cooper Island Beach Club, Cooper Island, BVI
Cooper Island is southeast of Tortola and hosts this great eco-friendly resort called the Cooper Island Beach Club on the northwest shore. Cooper Island Beach Club has guest rooms, marina, restaurant, coffee shop and rum bar. The restaurant overlooks the beautiful Manchioneel Bay’s sandy beach. Below are some photos of both of the menus. Please realize that items and prices on the menus are subject to change.
Cooper Island Beach Club Menus
Both the food and drink menus were stylishly created and had a good selection to choose from. I introduced myself to the Manager and asked her if I could video one of her bartenders mixing up a tropical cocktail. She knew exactly what cocktails would be great for the blog and introduced me to the bartender. His name was Saturn, and he told me about a couple of cocktails that he recently created, the Endless Summer and Ice Breaker. Watch the great video below of Saturn from the Cooper Island Beach Club making an Ice Breaker. This drink is like a light refreshing version of a pina colada, but blue, like the Caribbean. You can’t go wrong when ordering this cool blue Caribbean cocktail.
Cooper Island Beach Club’s Ice Breaker
Click on the video to watch Saturn mix up an Ice Breaker
Cooper Island Beach Club’s Endless Summer
This next drink is so unique because it uses lavender syrup. At the time that I was at the Cooper Island Beach Club they were out of lavender syrup so the drink was made with blueberry syrup instead. It tasted great and if Saturn didn’t tell me he replaced the lavender with blueberry syrup I wouldn’t have known and would have loved it just the same. But when I got home, I ordered lavender syrup and mixed up an Endless Summer. It was such a unique taste and absolutely amazing. I’ve made it a number of times since I’ve returned from the BVIs. Every time I drink an Endless Summer, it takes me right back to my seat overlooking the ocean at Cooper Island Beach Club. Check out the view in the picture below…..THIS IS REAL.
Click on the video to watch Saturn make an Endless Summer
Many thanks go out to Saturn and his Manager! They were warm and welcoming and shared the best cocktail recipes that the Cooper Island Beach Club had to offer! If you ever visit them on Cooper Island, please tell them I said hello!
Oceans 7, Peter Island, BVI
Our next stop was Peter Island, which is southwest of Tortola. On Peter Island you’ll find a yacht club called Oceans 7. Mark, the bartender at Oceans 7 said that his most popular drink is the Bushwacker. The name of this drink makes me think of a cocktail that is full of hard liquor, tastes terrible and you just drink it to get drunk! But I was so wrong…..well not that it is not full of liquor, but that it actually tastes delicious. After watching Mark make a Bushwacker, and then tasting it, I fell in love with this rich and creamy dessert drink with a kick! Who in their right mind would order a drink with 10 ounces of liquor?! I did!
After we left Peter Island, we spent the rest of the day on the boat just cruising around and enjoying the beautiful weather. We stopped at the Caves on Norman Island to snorkel and of course, feed the fish. There were friendly yellow tails, blue tangs and sergeant majors. It’s like the fish were waiting for me to show up with my bag of Fritos. As soon as the first crumb hit the water there were a hundred fish. And with each Frito came an amazing show of talent and color. When the Fritos ran out we headed to Jost Van Dyke’s White Bay. This is where the famous Soggy Dollar Bar is located. If you go to their website, they have a webcam on the beach….I thought that was very interesting. One night I’d like to stay up late and watch the webcam ‘lmao’. Of course, they were so busy there was not a place to tie up in the ocean in front of the bar. Since the sun was starting to set, I decided to call it a day. Captain Jaime turned the boat around and we headed back to Scrub Island.
After a day of photographing and sampling cocktails, I was starving so I headed up to Donovan’s Reef for dinner. During my 5 days in the BVIs I went to Donovan’s a number of times. It was very convenient, and no matter how many times I dropped in, everything that I ordered from the menu was fresh, perfectly cooked and tasted great. Kudos to the Chef and staff at Donovan’s.
The next morning, I headed up to the pool bar. It was early so the Bartender was just setting up. The sun rises from behind the hotel and pool so I knew the best photographs would need to be taken before noon. I introduced myself to Stacy the Bartender, and told her I wanted 3 drinks, so I ordered the Scrubslide, Basil Shores and Scrub Island Spiced Tea.
This is a photo of the room key holder provided by the hotel. I thought it was so cool because it gives you a ‘birds eye view’ of the island.
Stacy asked if I was going to drink all of those drinks by myself and I explained that I wanted to taste them, and then photograph them. I told her that I had a blog and wanted to highlight the exotic drinks of the BVIs. At that point Stacy suggested that I try a drink she created, called the Blue Passion. It was everything an exotic tropical cocktail should be! So, even though it was only 10:30 a.m., I pulled a lounge chair up to the edge of the pool and enjoyed the Scrub Island Blue Passion. Thank you, Stacy, for introducing me to your Hpnotiq special and your hospitality.
I spent just a couple more days doing a bit of sightseeing and of course lounging on the beach. The Scrub Island North Beach is beautiful. There is a bar/restaurant called the One Shoe Bar, a pool, and plenty of beach chairs and umbrellas. Scrub Island Resort provides transportation to the North Beach and back. Thank you, Jeffery, for the ride and the many requests I made during my stay. All in all, it was a great trip, with warm and welcoming people that were excited to showcase and share their favorite BVI cocktails with me. Now you can make these exotic drinks at home and bring some of the Caribbean to your town. Enjoy the recipes! And when you visit the BVIs, make sure you ask Saturn, Mark and Stacy to mix up one of their exotic drinks for you!
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