Just Beachy Drinks

Tropical Cocktails in Virginia Beach and Hampton

Sometimes you have to compromise on a few things—but taste shouldn’t be one of them. We found some cocktails that transport the palate to an island oasis, even if time—or money—doesn’t permit the trip otherwise.

Here are our findings for some just beachy cocktails:
Cactus Jacks
2736 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach
757-802-9898, www.CactusJacksVB.com
Jimmy Buffet extolls the pleasures of getting lost in Margaritaville, and we could not concur more. From a list of more than a half-dozen signature margaritas, we chose Cactus Jacks’ Caribbean variety for a true taste of the islands. With a mix of fresh lime, agave, pineapple juice, Cointreau and 1800 coconut tequila, we were not disappointed.
Hot Tuna Bar & Grill
2817 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach
757-481-2888, www.HotTunaVB.com
The Mai Tai is one of the best drinks to epitomize the classic age of Polynesian imbibes of the 1950s and 60s. Hot Tuna modernizes its version with a current hot flavor—mango. The Mango Mai Tai gets things shaking with a mix of Malibu mango rum, pineapple juice, orange juice and just a splash of grenadine.

SPF 42
6 East Mellen St., Hampton
757-722-1466, www.LittleBarBistro.com
When you hit the beach, your skin needs protection, and the highest sunblock you can find is often slathered on in excess. This cocktail is also about excess—a delish mix of Crème de Banana, Malibu rum and pineapple juice may not protect you, but it will certainly satisfy you.

Have a favorite adult beverage? Share it with HRM food editor Patrick Evans-Hylton via email at Patrick@HRMag.com.