Fay’s Favourite Tropical Cocktail Recipes

How do you spot a Jamaican man at a party? He’s the one making noise swirling the ice in his glass to cool down his drink. I think this masterful method of cooling a cocktail is something classically Jamaican. That’s because when you’re in the heat, you want something cold. Well, these tropical cocktails can create a stir even if you’re not at the beach. All the recipes below are quick and easy and totally tropical. And don’t forget to cool them with ice, the Jamaican way.

PS. You may be wondering where’s the Jamaican Rum Punch recipe? Well, I will be adding my husband Eddie’s delicious (and potent) recipe to the site soon for members of my mailing list. So sign up… it’s coming soon.


Planters Punch
1 oz White Rum
1 oz Dark Rum
1 1/2 oz Orange Juice
1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Strawberry Flavoured Syrup

Blend and serve with ice.
Top off with a splash of dark rum


1 oz Coffee-Flavoured Liqueur
1 oz Rum Cream  Liqueur
1 oz Milk
1/2 Medium Fresh Banana

1 oz Strawberry Flavoured Syrup
1 cup Crushed Ice

Blend and serve in tall glasses


Yellow Bird
1 oz Dark Rum
1/2 oz Creme de Banana
2 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/4 oz Simple Syrup

Blend and serve in tall glass with crushed ice


What is Strawberry flavoured syrup? In Jamaica we always have strawberry syrup around for mixing drinks. It’s a very important ingredient for making traditional Jamaican rum punch. All West Indian grocers carry it, but If you can’t find it where you live, you can use grenadine instead. Just don’t use strawberry pancake syrup. It’s not the same thing.





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  • Joan

    I am definitely going to try this. If I don’t have th e Creme de Banana, could I just blend with banana

  • Sufyanah Mahmoud

    Oh Mrs Fay I love you I came across your video by accident and I am happy I did Mrs. Fay due to religious purposes ( Muslim)I do not drink alcohol what can I add in place of the alcohol. Thank Mrs. Fay… Sufyanah

  • Hanna

    I wish I you in September for my BBQ. These drinks look delicious. I did make Rum Punch, my guests loved it, but I would have loved these drinks as well.

    Great recipes. Thank You Miss Fay

  • Lisa

    Good day… Will the strawberry syrup used to mix with milk to make strawberry milk be ok if I can’t find the pictured strawberry syrup??

    • Cook Like A Jamaican

      I wouldn’t suggest using that syrup. All West Indian grocers carry Strawberry Syrup, but If you can’t find it where you live, you can use grenadine instead.