Missing the beach? This rum cocktail will transport you straight to sunshine

The Caribbean is famed for its rum, so it stands to reason that making a cocktail back home will get you back on island time. Sandals have resorts across the region, with Sandals Montego Bay being their first to open in 1981. The Jamaican Smile is one of the most popular drinks served at bars there – simply whip it up, close your eyes, and imagine you are back at “The Rock”.


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Jamaican Smile cocktail


35 ml coconut rum (or two shots)

30 ml of rum cream

30 ml of coconut cream

15 ml of grenadine

1 banana


Add all the ingredients into a blender, along with ice

Blend until smooth

Pour the liquid into a tall glass, garnish with a cherry … and smile!

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Sandals Montego Bay has undergone a refurbishment in recent years, and now offers a host of new experiences, from eateries to a wedding chapel.

The new drinking spot, the Palms Bar, services both restaurants.

Meanwhile, with the Jerk Shack Jamaican eatery opening in autumn 2018, the resort now boasts 12 unique culinary concepts and six bars.

Additionally there is the Latitudes overwater bar, with 360 degree ocean views.


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There, guests can sup cocktails while lounged on a hammock and indulge in the unlimited Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks wines, which are always available on tap.

For those looking to combine their celebration with a memorable moment, an Over-the-Water Serenity Wedding Chapel has also been created. Its signature glass floor aisle and a chapel able to accommodate 40 guests.

Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Chairman and Founder of Sandals Resorts, said: “Sandals Resorts was built on the simple principle of exceeding guests’ expectations.

“This especially rings true today with the complete transformation of our hallmark resort, Sandals Montego Bay.

“I am very proud of how far Sandals has come since 1981, and I am very proud of where we’re going.

“We will continue to redefine the Luxury Included experience and, of course, exceed our guests’ wildest expectations in the process.”

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