“One part sour, two parts sweet, three of strong, four of weak,” the resident bartender recited in a singsong voice, his catchy rhyme the straightforward yet intoxicating recipe for the signature rum punch of the island of Barbados. Made with lime juice, simple syrup, rum, and water, it was especially punchy thanks to the favorable ratio. He claimed it was the perfect portion for any cocktail worth its lick.
If you’re keen on having nights you can’t remember with friends you’ll never forget, as a social lubricant, alcohol is generally a major part of the vacation experience. Whether you prefer drinks that are frozen rainbow sugar bombs or served neat on the rocks, when you’re traveling, drinking rules seem to go out the window. Beer before liquor never been sicker? Not on Bourbon Street or when tossing back frozen poolside yards. That said, not every hotel wants you nursing a hangover or riding the struggle bus on repeat.
When you’re spoiled for choice with accommodations, it’s no longer enough for luxury properties to be located near trendy bars or to simply have a ceremonious welcome drink. The real hospitality-driven hotels want to ensure your nightlife experience aligns with their brand ethos. Some even go as far as to create their own line of signature in-house alcohol to ensure you’re always in good spirits when on holiday (pun intended).
If you’re looking to sustain the perfect vacation buzz, here are the best hotels to imbibe.