Caribbean Cooler Recipe - Refreshing Drink with Orgeat and Nutmeg

Caribbean Cooler

Caribbean Cooler Recipe - Refreshing Drink with Orgeat and Nutmeg
Region / culture: Caribbean | Preparation time: 5 minutes | Servings: 2


Caribbean Cooler
Caribbean Cooler

Caribbean Cooler is a refreshing and tropical cocktail that is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day. This drink is bursting with citrus flavors and a hint of nutmeg, making it a delicious and unique beverage to enjoy.


The Caribbean Cooler cocktail is inspired by the vibrant and colorful flavors of the Caribbean islands. This drink combines the tropical flavors of fresh orange juice and lime with the zesty kick of lemon juice and bitters. The addition of nutmeg adds a warm and spicy note to the cocktail, making it a well-balanced and flavorful drink.


How to prepare

  1. In a cocktail shaker or similar container, combine syrup, lemon juice, bitters, nutmeg, orange juice, and crushed ice.
  2. Shake well and strain the mixture into chilled chimney glasses, filled with ice cubes.
  3. If desired, garnish with lime slices.


  • Add a splash of coconut rum for a tropical twist.
  • Substitute orange juice with pineapple juice for a different flavor profile.
  • Use grapefruit juice instead of orange juice for a tangy variation.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to use fresh citrus juices for the best flavor in this cocktail.

- Chilling the cocktail shaker before mixing the ingredients will help keep the drink cold.

- Adjust the amount of syrup and bitters to suit your taste preferences.

- Garnish with a lime slice for a decorative touch and an extra burst of citrus flavor.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the Caribbean Cooler in a chilled glass with a lime slice garnish for a tropical and refreshing presentation.

Cooking Techniques

Shake the ingredients well in a cocktail shaker to ensure that the flavors are well combined and the drink is chilled.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can substitute the Torani syrup with simple syrup or agave nectar for a different sweetness level.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the ingredients for the Caribbean Cooler ahead of time and mix them together when ready to serve.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the Caribbean Cooler in a tall glass with a lime slice garnish for a colorful and tropical presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair the Caribbean Cooler with grilled seafood or spicy Caribbean dishes for a delicious and complementary meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover Caribbean Cooler in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Shake well before serving again.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Calories: 100


Carbohydrates: 23g


Total Fat: 0g


Protein: 0g

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin C: 60mg

Calcium: 20mg

Iron: 0.5mg


This recipe may contain allergens such as citrus fruits.


Caribbean Cooler is a low-fat and low-protein cocktail that is rich in vitamin C and carbohydrates. It is a refreshing and flavorful drink that is perfect for a summer day.


Caribbean Cooler is a refreshing and tropical cocktail that is perfect for enjoying on a hot summer day. With its citrus flavors and hint of nutmeg, this drink is a delicious and unique beverage that is sure to impress.

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of finding this recipe for the first time brings a smile to my face. It was a hot summer day in the Caribbean, and I was wandering through the bustling streets of a local market, with the sun beating down on my back. The air was thick with the scents of exotic spices and tropical fruits, and I couldn't help but feel a sense of wonder and excitement as I explored the colorful stalls.

As I wandered through the market, I stumbled upon a small stand run by an elderly woman with a warm smile and twinkling eyes. She was surrounded by baskets overflowing with vibrant fruits and fragrant herbs, and she greeted me warmly as I approached.

"Hello, dearie! Would you like to try some of my special Caribbean Cooler?" she asked, gesturing towards a large pitcher filled with a refreshing, ice-cold drink that was a beautiful shade of turquoise.

Intrigued, I accepted her offer and took a sip of the cool, fruity concoction. The flavors exploded on my tongue, a refreshing mix of tangy citrus, sweet pineapple, and a hint of exotic spices that danced across my taste buds. It was unlike anything I had ever tasted before, and I knew in that moment that I had to learn how to make it myself.

I struck up a conversation with the woman, whose name was Mama Tessa, and she graciously shared her recipe with me. She explained that the key to a truly great Caribbean Cooler was using the freshest, ripest fruits and a secret blend of spices that she had learned from her own grandmother.

Over the course of the afternoon, Mama Tessa taught me how to select the perfect fruits, how to balance the flavors just right, and how to infuse the drink with the warmth and love that she believed was the secret ingredient to any great recipe.

As I left the market that day, with a handwritten copy of Mama Tessa's recipe clutched in my hand, I felt a sense of gratitude and excitement bubbling within me. I couldn't wait to recreate the magic of that Caribbean Cooler in my own kitchen and share it with my family and friends.

Back home, I gathered all the ingredients I would need – a ripe pineapple, a handful of juicy oranges, a few limes, some fragrant mint leaves, and a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg. I followed Mama Tessa's instructions carefully, slicing and juicing the fruits, muddling the mint leaves, and adding just the right amount of spices to create a drink that was as bright and refreshing as a tropical breeze.

As I poured myself a glass of the finished Caribbean Cooler and took a sip, I felt transported back to that sunny day in the market, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the Caribbean. The drink was a symphony of flavors, each one playing its part in a harmonious blend that danced across my taste buds.

I knew then that this recipe would become a staple in my kitchen, a reminder of the generosity and warmth of Mama Tessa and the vibrant spirit of the Caribbean. And as I shared the drink with my loved ones, watching their faces light up with delight as they tasted the fruits of my labor, I knew that I had found a treasure worth cherishing for years to come. The memory of that day in the market, and the recipe for the Caribbean Cooler that I had discovered there, would always hold a special place in my heart.


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