Easy 3-Ingredient Tropical Drinks for Year-Round Island Vibes

Just because summer is behind us, that doesn’t mean you can’t stay in a sunshine state of mind all year long. These satisfying tropical drinks will remind you of beautiful beach days, celebratory luaus, and gorgeous summer sunsets, no matter how much the weather changes. Best of all, they only require three ingredients, so they are super simple to toss together at any time – at just a moment’s notice!

We’ve pulled together some of our favorite cocktail recipes featuring rum, tequila, vodka, and more. If you have a favorite spirit, by all means, work your way through that list. However, we encourage you to get adventurous, throw together an impromptu gathering, and try out a few tropical drinks featuring a spirit you wouldn’t typically turn to. Cheers!


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Relax with Rum Tropical Drinks

Easy 3-Ingredient Tropical Drinks For Year-Round Island Vibes
Photo Credit: Blue Chair Bay Rum

It doesn’t get much more tropical than a rum cocktail. Whether you combine it with pineapple, coconut, some combination of the two, or even other ingredients, these drinks certainly are a great way to reminisce about summer fun! We’re bringing you a classic twist on a piña colada and mimosa, as well as a mermaid-inspired hard lemonade. So grab your ingredients and get mixing!

  • Piña Colada Sangria from Shake Drink Repeat featuring moscato, coconut rum and crushed pineapple
  • Mermaid Coconut Lemonade from Blue Chair Bay with coconut rum, blue curacao and lemonade
  • Hawaiian Mimosa from Crazy for Crust including pineapple, rum and champagne
  • High Tide from Blue Chair Bay comprising banana rum, pineapple juice and lemon-lime soda
READ MORE: 22 Fabulous Fun Drinks For Your Drinking Pleasure

Vacation-Minded Vodka Tropical Drinks

Easy 3-Ingredient Tropical Drinks For Year-Round Island Vibes
Photo Credit: Serious Eats

Certain occasions just call for a nice, clean spirit like vodka. These tropical drinks made with vodka are a great way to bring a taste of the summer to your table, regardless of the season. We hit on all of the favorite tropical mixers here, like pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and fresh lime, and even mix it up with some coconut rum, pear vodka, and ginger beer.

  • Bay Breeze from Shake Drink Repeat including vodka, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice 
  • Beach Water Cocktail from Love and Marriage and a Baby Carriage with coconut rum, blue raspberry vodka, and Sprite
  • The Frenchy from Books n’ Cooks features pear vodka, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice
  • Vodka Gimlet from Shake Drink Repeat comprising vodka, lime juice (strained), and simple syrup
  • Moscow Mule from Serious Eats with refreshing ginger beer, vodka, and lime
READ MORE: 22 Fabulous Fun Drinks For Your Drinking Pleasure

Tropical Drinks Featuring Tequila

Easy 3-Ingredient Tropical Drinks For Year-Round Island Vibes
Photo Credit: The Anthony Kitchen

Nothing says “party time!” like a cocktail made with tequila. Choose a Tequila Sunrise, a tangy margarita or one of these other delicious options. Whether you mix with orange juice, pineapple mango juice, grapefruit soda or Topo Chico, you are in for a treat. And great news, these drinks are equally at home being quietly sipped over great conversation or being enjoyed as you dance the night away!

  • Tequila Sunrise Cocktail from Stress Baking with tequila, orange juice, and grenadine
  • Pineapple Mango Margaritas from The Farmwife Drinks comprising pineapple mango juice, Cointreau, and tequila
  • Weeknight Palomas from Plays Well with Butter including tequila, lime (juiced), and grapefruit soda
  • Ranch Water from The Anthony Kitchen featuring silver tequila, freshly squeezed lime juice, and Topo Chico
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Kick Back With These Unique Tropical Drinks

Easy 3-Ingredient Tropical Drinks For Year-Round Island Vibes

When you can’t figure out which types of tropical drinks to make, why not try something a little bit different? These cocktails feature specialty spirits perfectly poised to inspire an impromptu imaginary island getaway. How about some tropical drinks made with cachaça, gin or bourbon for a fresh change of pace? Yes, please!

  • Caipirinha from Sprinkles and Sprouts featuring muddled lime, dark brown sugar and cachaça
  • Passion Fruit & Lime Gin Martini from Cookin’ Canuck with passionfruit juice, gin, and fresh lime juice
  • Pineapple Bourbon Lemonade from Take Two Tapas including pineapple juice, lemon juice, and bourbon
  • Three Ingredient Wine Slushies from Simple Joy with White wine, frozen fruit, and simple syrup. (The fun part about this one is that it is completely customizable and can be made repeatedly with many different tropical flavor combinations!)
READ MORE: 6 Fun Mocktail Recipes For Fall

Don’t be so quick to say goodbye to summer time! This season, you can kick back, relax, and enjoy a taste of the islands with these amazing three-ingredient tropical drinks. Just one sip, and let your mind transport you to a gorgeous secluded shoreline, a toasty beachside bonfire, or a hammock gently swaying beneath two tall palm trees. Best of all, they are so simple to make and there is truly something for everyone. So, grab your ingredients, some glasses, and a few friends, and enjoy. Aloha!

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Michelle is a Florida girl who loves the ocean, sunshine and nature. She enjoys cooking, gardening and boating with her husband and children. A full-time working mama, Michelle works in marketing and has been writing for her entire career. She de-stresses with snuggles from her kids, Pilates, essential oils, a good book or a smooth Cab. Her happy places are the beach, live music events and UCF football games. (Go Knights!)

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