bar tender is making a cocktail with the fruity rum products of guavaberry


St. Maarten is famed for its culinary variety of food and beverages. Next to its wide offer of cuisines, there is a delicious variety of drinks to try on St. Maarten. Here are some locally brewed suggestions that definitely fit the bracket “Made on St.  Maarten!”


1. Banana Rhum at Toppers


Once starting as a home made dessert by owner Melanie Daboul of already famed Toppers restaurant, Toppers original Banana Rhum set in motion St. Maarten’s largest Rum brand. It expanded well beyond the Banana Rhum alone with a great variety of flavors. A great visitors center, tours and the famed restaurant are at your disposal to experience the history and tastes of Rum.


2. Dutch Blonde Beer “Naughty Blonde” Cocktail


Being at the Dutch Blonde Beer Bar, at the Philipsburg Boardwalk is an experience on itself because of its commanding view over Great Bay and its Dutch pancakes. Even better: they brew an awarded craft beer called Dutch Blonde, as well as other types. The fruity blonde beer also comes in a delicious cocktail variant “Naughty Blonde”- be a connoisseur and ask the bartender. The brewery also does tours in their Pointe Blanche factory.


3. Tropical Session Ale by Pelikaan


Locally brewed delicious, light 3.5% Tropical Ale by Pelikaan Beer gives you a cool taste of the tropics in warm weather. Also recommendable is their lighter Mullet Bay, called after famous St. Maarten  Mullet Bay Beach. Pelikaan beers come from the tap amongst others in Philipsburg’s extensive Seaview Hotel bar terrace on the Boardwalk, as well as in their Cole Bay Beer Garden.


4. SXM Beer


Another famed homebrew St. Maarten craft beer is SXM Beer, producing both lager and an Indian Pale Ale (IPA). This beer is the most widely available St. Maarten beer on draft. Try it in their Cole Bay factory and visitor centre or for example St. Rose Beach Bar or Amasterdam in Philipsburg. Supermarkets also sell it in bottles.


5. Guavaberry Colada


The Guavaberry is the number 1 island fruit of St. Maarten / St. Martin, harvested amongst others in the lush hill ranges around Pic Paradis near Colombier. Guavaberry coladas are available in many St. Maarten restaurants and bars – ask for one!




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