Anna Maria Island Drinks to Aid in Relaxation

Here is a list of Anna Maria Island drinks to get you relaxed island style! When you are thinking of an Anna Maria Island beach vacation what complements the tropical breezes better than a delicious tropical drink!  There are so many to choose from, but these are by far myMojito on Anna Maria Island favorites.  They will complement any palate, occasion or any meal for that matter.  I have listed them below with their recipe that anyone can master!  Also there are a few places to purchase your favorite liquors right here on the island… Hurricane Liquors or Walgreens Liquor Store.  I hope this makes all of your stays on Anna Maria Island a little more relaxing…


You Will Need:

  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 8 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) white rum
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) club soda
  • lime slice for garnish


  1. Add lime juice, sugar and eight mint leaves to a cocktail shaker. Use the end of a wooden spoon or cocktail muddler to bash (or muddle) the mint into the lime juice and sugar. This releases oils from the mint and helps the sugar dissolve into the lime juice.
  2. Add rum, stir well then pour into a glass filled with ice, leaving about an inch of room then top with club soda. Garnish with extra mint leaves and a lime slice.

La Paloma:

You will need:

  • 2 ounces blanco or repesado tequila
  • 6 ounces fresh Jarritos Grapefruit soda (if you can’t find Jarritos don’t make this drink)
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • Salt for rimming (optional)


  1. Rim a glass with salt.
  2. Fill the glass with ice and add the tequila and lime juice.
  3. Top it off with grapefruit soda.


Strawberry Daiquiri:

You will need:

  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec orange liquor
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup ice
  • 5-10 strawberries (to taste)


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender.

Dark & Stormy:

You will need:

  • 2 ounces Gosling’s Black Seal rum
  • 3 ounces Barrit’s Ginger Beer
  • Lime wedge for garnish


  1. Pour the ingredients in a glass one at a time filled with ice cubes.
  2. Garnish with the lime wedge.


You will need:

  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec(Cointreau is recommended)
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Lime wedge for garnish
  • Salt or sugar to rim the glass (optional)


  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well
  3. If desired, salt the rim of a chilled glass.
  4. Pour contents, with ice, into the glass.
  5. Garnish with the lime wedge.

Bradenton Mexican-Cuban Restaurant CLOSED

The Cancun Mexican-Cuban Grill is a great restaurant just a short 15 minute drive East of Anna Maria Island.  The Cuban restaurant in Bradenton is good affordable food.  The restaurant is very popular with the Bradenton, FL lunch crowd because they have big lunches on the cheap.  The Bradenton restaurant has about 10 lunch specials that are served with the soup of the day.  Still not impressed?  How about half of a roasted chicken served with soup, rice, beans, and plantains all for $6.95?  That is just one of several fantastic lunch specials.

Need more?  How about Tuesday and Thursday’s all day $0.99 Margarita specials.  This is not some little dixie cup Margarita either.  It is a standard pretty large margarita glass with prices in the 60’s.  We have had a few of their margarita’s and umm, umm good.  Act now before they take away their margarita special.

Lots of dinner choices too.  Prices range from $8.00 – $14.95 for their specialty Cancun Mariscada Seafood stew.  The description…”If you’re feeling down, this is the choice that is sure to get you up.  It’s a combination of seafood all in one soup.  It includes shrimp, scallops, blue crab, green shell mussels, lobster base, fish, squid and octopus.  Served with white rice and tortillas.”

Sorry the dining is mostly inside although there are a few small tables outside on busy Manatee Avenue.  They serve wine, beer, a few cocktails and imported beers like Tecate, Heineken, Negra Modelo, Pacifico, and XX.  For the kids they have Taco’s, grilled cheese, cheeseburgers, Quesadilla and chicken fingers.  For adults they have salads, fish, and traditional Cuban and Mexican meals.  Make sure you try their guacamole.  Good stuff.

Please note, check their schedule.  Currently they are closed Monday’s only.

Cancun Mexican-Cuban Grill

5120 A Manatee Ave. West
Bradenton, FL 34209
(941) 747-2552
(941) 746-1862

As always, please leave comments if you have tried Cancun Mexican Cuban and please visit Island Real Estate’s Real Estate or Vacation Rental website for more on Anna Maria Island properties for sale or rent.