Five of the best signature cocktails in Mauritius
Mauritius’s rich heritage of developing a variety of rum places it in a unique position to creatively reimagine cocktails and, thankfully, you won’t find sweet and sickly pre-mixed cocktails here. The continued renaissance of cocktail culture means skilled mixologists are today as sought after as Michelin-starred chefs, especially those with the vision and artistry to blend local traditions and ingredients with cutting-edge culinary innovations.
In fact, a huge trend this year is the rise and rise of rum-based drinks, a movement not gone unnoticed in the bars of Mauritius, who have easy access to the island’s own award-winning, high end rum brands as well as a rare perspective on blending rum. Gin and vodka-based drinks are increasingly popular too, with an emphasis on quality fresh ingredients and a splash of added liqueurs. Presentation is also a key factor, with tiki-style garnishes making a huge comeback.
To what your appetite for your next Mauritius trip, we spoke to five of the island’s best resorts to see what’s topping the cocktail menu in their respective bars. Here’s just a flavour of what you can expect to be sipping as the sun dips under the horizon…
Beachcomber Dinarobin’s Angel Kiss
At Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa, the cocktails don’t come more colourful than the bird of paradise-inspired Angel Kiss. Once again featuring Chamarel rum, this is a refreshing blend of exotic flavours balancing the heady aroma of the rum with the velvety smoothness of peach and orange juice, finished off with a splash of blue curacao and grenadine.
Four Seasons’ Totally Tamarind Cocktail
An infusion of local rum and tamarind, all ingredients for Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita’s cocktail are grown locally for true authenticity. Featuring Chamarel Gold Rum and tamarind liqueur poured over muddled lime, lemongrass and tamarind syrup, this cocktail certainly brings the flavours of the tropics to life.
La Pirogue’s Love Delice
Awarded third place in this year’s TEWF cocktail competition, the white rum-based Love Delice is now available in La Pirogue’s bars and looks set to become one of the most popular items on the menu. A blend of Bougain Villa Light rum and cherry brandy liqueur is shaken with passionfruit juice, cranberry juice, raspberry purée and crushed lemongrass and strained into a chilled martini or cocktail glass.
Heritage Le Telfair’s Signature Gin’ja
Never one to follow the crowd, Heritage Le Telfair’s Signature Gin’ja cocktail eschews rum in favour of vodka, which is added to muddled lychees and vodka syrup, and topped up with Sprite. Simply add a dash of ‘Fraise des bois’ liqueur, and garnish with more lychees and a cherry for the perfect sundowner.
Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa’s rum selection
It’s hard to pin down one single cocktail when you’re home to one of the island’s largest selections of local and international rum varieties. At Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, guests can discover a variety of different rum mixtures prepared by dedicated mixologists, complemented by a small snack menu and daily selection of sweets and pastries.
What kind of cocktail lover are you – dry and sophisticated, dark and bitter, sweet and fruity or a mix of all three? Share your ideal sundowner in the comments below.