Cocktails to help transport you to the Maldives

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The overwater villas at Movenpick Kuredhivaru in the Maldives

So it is like this … we can’t go to the Maldives right now. Well, people in Australia can’t anyway. And what wouldn’t we do to wing our way over to these jewels in the turquoise blue ocean. We would relax by the pool, snorkel or dive in myriad coral reefs. We would get massages. A lot of massages. We would explore the island on which the resort sits, fringed by palm trees and white sand and that blue water. And we would love the romance of the place. The salt air. Toes in the sand. The culture.

Yeah that.

But until such time as we can do that, here are cocktails that will take you to the Maldives. To be precise, they will take you straight to the Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru.

These cocktails are on offer at all the bars and restaurants at this beautiful, five-star resort located about 45 minutes north of Male International Airport. It is still the only airport I have been to that you access only by water, whether by boat or seaplane. The Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru is in Noonu Atoll and has a swag of overwater pool villas, beach pool suites and beach spa pool residences to make you want to teleport yourself there right this instant.

Unless you are friends with Dr Who that isn’t possible. But rather kindly I think, you can have a little bit of the Maldives in your home thanks to Buddhika Perera, the Bar Manager at Mӧvenpick Resort Kuredhivaru. This cocktail wizard (pictured below) has come up with five of his favourite concoctions, and is providing the recipes. My favourite drink is included. But you’ll have to guess which one it is.

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Buddhika Perera, the resort Bar Manager at Movenpick Kuredhivaru in the Maldives

Cocktail number 1:

Cool Summer

This drink gathers all the tropical flavours in one glass. Shake up all the simple ingredients and garnish with a sprig of basil for a refreshing summer sipper.
Bacardi Superior rum 1.5 oz, malibu 0.5 oz, lime, basil, coconut milk 1 oz, strawberry syrup 0.5 oz.
Preparation method:
Pour the rum, coconut milk and strawberry syrup into the shaker tin with crushed ice. Add squeezed lime, basil leaves and shake it hard for 10-12 seconds. Strain over fresh ice in a tall glass. Garnish your cocktail with basil spring.

Cocktail number 2:

Tropical Blue

Drinking this little blue sweetie makes you think you are on an island in the tropics. There is something about this cocktail that screams vacation. This cocktail is the perfect blend of coconut, pineapple and rum – something to sip dreamily while listening to the waves crashing. Of course, you do not need to be at a resort to get this drink.  Make it at home and set up a lounge chair on your balcony and let the stresses of life melt away.

Ingredients: Absolut Blue vodka 1.5 oz, orange liquor 0.25 oz, blue curacao 0.25 oz, pineapple 1 oz, passion fruit syrup to taste 0.25 – 0.30 oz.

Preparation method: Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake hard for 10 to 12 seconds and strain over ice in a clear tiki glass.


Cocktail number 3:

Jamaican Punch

This delicious cocktail is the kind of fun exotic sipper you whip up for your guests at parties. Just 5 everyday classic ingredients come together in one tasty drink that takes you back to warm Maldivian sunsets all year long.


Pineapple juice 1 oz, orange juice (without pulp) 1 oz, Bacardi Superior rum 1 oz, Captain Morgan dark rum 0.75 oz, grenadine syrup 0.5 oz.
Preparation method: 
Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake hard for 10 to 12 seconds and strain over in a hurricane glass. Free pour dark rum on top. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and mint sprig.

Cocktail number 4:

Piña Colada

Now you are talking! If you are looking for a refreshing, sultry cocktail to highlight your next summer party, this piña colada is it. You may associate this cocktail with laid-back poolside vacations, but the piña colada ingredients of rum, coconut, and pineapple is actually a pillar of the tiki drink canon. Give me one and point me to a deckchair please.


Bacardi Superior rum, Malibu, pineapple, coconut milk.
Preparation method: Add ingredients to blender, with lots of ice. Blend until ice cold. Pour into a glass, garnish with a bright slice of pineapple wedge.

Cocktail number 5:

Beachfront Hold Up

Turn your kitchen into a beachfront bar year-round with this simple yet delicious recipe. Do not let those summertime memories slip away!


Pimms #1 1 oz, pineapple 2 oz, aperol 0.5 oz, lime juice 0.25 oz, passion fruit syrup 0.25 oz.
Preparation method: 
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass. Garnish with a slight of pineapple wedge and leaves.