Vacation and adult beverages go together like hot cocoa and marshmallows.
Puerto Vallarta crushes the adult beverage scene, especially poolside, which is where I discovered these fabulous beverages.
Poolside in Puerto Vallarta is the perfect way to spend your afternoons. We did.
Sitting poolside allowed me to see a lot of colorful and unusual looking drinks being served!
Couples were tasting each other’s beverages. In addition to tasting, people were chatting poolside about their drinks.
For this reason, my list containing my top 10 drinks to taste in Puerto Vallarta was created.
I am guessing some of you may call it the 9 drinks to taste in Puerto Vallarta depending on how you categorize your alcohol, lol?
Lots of people were talking to each other, not couples but vacationer to vacationer.
Oh yes, I am a poolside gabber, so seeing that others wanted to chat, made me quite happy.
The fun of vacation is talking to strangers, making new friends and learning new beverages.
Colorful beverages, fruity beverages, cervezas, and more were served poolside.
I don’t think I ever saw the same beverages headed to the same people.
There were oldies but goodies like Pina Coladas, but there were some others that were bold, delicious and as spirited as the alcohol they were created with.
Today’s post will let you lavishly live frosty beverages out loud as I offer up the top 10 drinks to taste in Puerto Vallarta.
Drinks to Taste in Puerto Vallarta
Different from so many destinations I’ve traveled to, this resort we were at did not offer a drink list except for Margaritas.
I should have called this the list of secret menu drinks in Puerto Vallarta even though no menu existed.
The way I learned what was good, was talking and watching.
Talking to the poolside servers was another great way to learn.
When I saw a drink go by to different people in different parts of the pool, multiple times, I knew it was a winner.
Color was a big draw on these drinks but the taste never let me down or anyone I was hanging with at the pool.
Slushie, on the rocks, hot, spicy, fruity, strong, weak all are words that describe these spirited concoctions.
TIP For The Best In Service & Drinks to Taste in Puerto Vallarta
Always tip your server at the first and 3rd drink. Service will be almost on autopilot from there.
Even if you are not closing out your bill, do it.
Top 10 Drinks to Taste in Puerto Vallarta are Cold & Colorful
Often when I see a frosted beverage I more think ‘slushie’ than a cocktail.
However, while in Puerto Vallarta I was shown a new path of beverages to enjoy.
All of my new lady friends around the pool had this cocktail thing down.
Our servers Gustavo and Carlos (those are the two that we relied on) offered a few fun suggestions as well.
Since my daughter was legal age in Puerto Vallarta for drinking we decided to have our own little party.
She started taste-testing beverages, getting to know what she liked and disliked.
What you need to know is what one mixologist creates the other might make it just a little differently.
Allow me to share four different versions of one awesome drink.
Tip No. 2 In Order to enjoy drinks to taste in Puerto Vallarta
Know what alcohol you don’t like, and which you do.
We’ve all got that ONE that we never want to see again, right?
Ne need to get ill while sipping!
Top 10 Drinks To Taste In Puerto Vallarta or Top 9 Drinks to Taste In Puerto Vallarta?
Here’s our lineup of fun and flavorful beverages.
Bookmark this page so you can try them all.
As I soon learned, each master mixologist at each different bar, had their own spin on each ordered drink.
Beverage names ranged from animal names to superheroes.
Will these drinks relax you? Some of there will relax you way more than their counterparts.
The mixologists of Puerto Vallarta create a dream vacation through their recipes!
Just make sure not to drink too many or you will dream your day away instead of enjoying it!
Trust me, we saw a few sunburns due to sleeping around the pool and having their own cocktail party!
Make sure to pass the drink names to your friends so everyone learns what great drinks can be found in Puerto Vallarta.
Superman Version 1
It must be remembered that to drink most any of these 4 combinations of Superman, you will have to be a superman or woman to drink and survive.
Yep, I said FOUR versions, it is something we learned as we were at our resort.
I gotta say, I think the more color, the more alcohol.
Also, to be noted, as patrons ordered one after the other, the color seemed to lighten each time.
Which is compelling evidence to lead me to believe that your servers may be watching how much you are drinking and helping you not overdrink?
Really, I could be wrong, but, it is my theory.
Superman is Blue Curacao, Pina Colada, and Strawberry Daiquiri and I have to say quite a little ass-kicker, so be forewarned.
The most compelling evidence that this drink is strong, is the fact that not only were the ladies sipping on this one, but many guys were too.
Generally, when we are on islands, at resorts, guys are with hard stuff or beer. Not here.
Superman Versions 2, 3, & 4. Sip, Sip, Hooray!
If you asked for Superman with 3 Colores, it often came as a variation and sometimes the 3rd color was just mixed in, take a look.
All that matters is that it tasted good from top to bottom, Olè!
Let’s just say there are 4 versions of this drink!
So I wonder who was drinking the mixologist or me?
The one you see in the man’s hand above is what the drinks started out looking like.
However, as the day went on, the other versions seemed to lighten up?
The first version is in this man’s hand, I simply asked him what was in his glass and that is where it all started!
Superman Version 2
Where’s the white? Did they miss a layer?
Is it the same bartender? As a matter of fact, it was the same person.
Therefore go back and reference what I mentioned about ‘lightening up’ as you order the same drink from the same server.
Tip No. 3 – Sometimes it is better to get out of your seat, and bypass your server.
Head right to the bar and order. You will get a drink that looks just like the first one, when you cut out the middleman, lol.
How did I learn that?
Someone I was sitting near, told me to go try it. To alternate your order from the server with a trip to the bar.
They were definitely on to something!
Superman Version 3
The color is different, but it is Superman Version 3.
It tasted a lot the same, but seemed to be missing the white layer and did it really have the same ingredients?
Who knows? Who cares, it was Superman in a glass!
Slurp, sip, repeat and enjoy the sun and pool.
Superman Version 4
Here is the 4th version. Now you see how different it is?
I bet if it were really a Superman Drink, he’s been exposed to Kryptonite and losing power.
Less alcohol ahead!
Light on EVERYTHING and it is days’ end.
Yes, there are 3 layers but, they are watered down, trust me on this one.
We were late to the pool that day, and this was actually my first drink?
Interesting how different it was, but it tasted just like the others, but lighter.
Would you want to taste Donkey Sperm in Puerto Vallarta?
Sorry, we drank this one before we got to photograph it, but it was delicious.
It is a drink called Donkey Sperm, not on the menu.
Donkey sperm was quite tasty, as gross as the name is, and it was gone before I could blink.
The cocktail was made of a sour mix, malibu coconut rum, and soda and it oozed over the side of the glass.
These were served in tall glasses.
Is This the Hidden Top 10 Drink Menu To Taste in Puerto Vallarta?
I mean, I guess this could be the hidden menu of Margaritas.
Hidden in plain sight if you have had too many drinks already.
There are over 10 margaritas to try. I simply tried 2.
Mango Margaritas packed a little kick of ‘heat’ because they are rimmed a few pepper flakes.
After a few of these, you won’t feel the heat on your lips anymore.
The mango margarita is crafted with orange liqueur, lime juice, and mango syrup.
Fruity, fun, peppery and fabulous to sip.
This is Juan making mine at La Cabana in the Buenaventura Grand Hotel.
He was the ladies ‘choice’ bartender, in case you all want to know that.
There were ladies that would ONLY go to the bar to get their drinks, lol!
Taste in Puerto Vallarta: a Melon Daiquiri
Traditionally, not a fan of rum, I found this slush-like melon daiquiri pretty delish.
Hints of fresh-squeezed lime, orange juice and the taste of rum flirted with my tastebuds.
I would definitely recommend for those who like rum, just not straight up.
Refreshing, sip-worthy and truly one of the top adult beverages making appearances at many lounge chairs.
Margarita on the Rocks to Taste in Puerto Vallarta
When is a margarita not good?
The answer is quite simple.
A Margarita is not good when one is NOT in your hands. Ha!
Really you did not think I would ever complain about a margarita did you?
One of my all-time fave sipping drinks and they never disappoint.
Let’s face facts, Mexico is the reason for the Margarita.
Where better to enjoy this lovely libation than poolside?
On the rocks, not on the rocks, salted, not salted or even with a tequila shot on the side, Olè!
For those of you looking at the pics of these, the top one is on the rocks and at a cool eatery on the Malecon, top floor.
Seek out the Bar Oceana Restaurante. Service is beyond slow, but so worth it!
Conversely, the version in my hand below is the more slushie-like version both salted!⇓⇓⇓⇓
After all, you came to Mexico, drink that slushie margarita that is salt-rimmed.
This is one, that I always prefer ON The Rocks, but, slushie rhymes with lushie and sometimes vacay is about that, lol!
Strawberry Daiquiri to Taste in Puerto Vallarta
You saw strawberry daiquiri’s being made at the very beginning of my post.
Do you remember seeing it?
These were wicked delicious and perfectly blended each time.
I don’t think I had one the entire time that was not the same consistency.
Each was not too thick, not too much alcohol just nice tasty drink!
I think the photo says it all.
Mayan Sacrifice or Mayan Ruins
Whichever name you choose you will either be a sacrifice to the chair you are in, or ruined for the rest of the day.
If you are looking for a drink that is everything and then some, order it!
My daughter and I keep going back and forth as to the proper name and the contents.
Kallie says it is was the Mayan Sacrifice, I say the Mayan Ruins.
Why split hairs, just sip, drink, repeat.
Of course, there is another way to solve this back-and-forth over a name.
We just need to head back down to Puerto Vallarta to find out what the name is and have another!
The beverage fit for the gods and served to the pool goddesses.
Does this little hand-held chalice pack an alcohol punch.
Trust me on this: you will be the only thing ruined after a few of these, sweet, tart and oh so good!
After Dinner Amaretto
They used to call this a nightcap I think.
An after-dinner drink?
Caught off-guard when our server offered us this beverage, I hesitated.
Then I heard the word ‘Amaretto’ and I was all-in.
On the rocks, with a cherry, and perfection in every way.
After dinner drinks are still a thing, it is usually reserved for upscale restaurants, which we were in.
This was really refreshing after a meal, a walk and then a bit of time together.
A little splash of cherry juice made it the perfect ending to a perfect day!
Grab Your Cervezas ~Kick off the Top 10 ~ Just start to Taste Puerto Vallarta
Oh, look at that girl, is she really excited over a beer? I mean a Cerveza.
She just had gotten off the plane after hours upon hours of travel.
What tastes better than anything once off a plane? A Cerveza!
Hey, lady don’t forget your Cerveza’s and why would you, check out what was being served! Corona served here!
“Hey Lady, you need a little Tequila!”
I think if I heard that shouted at me once, I heard it 50x as we sauntered towards the Malecon.
Snickering every time they said it, we did eventually go to a tasting while we were out and about.
Tequila. Tequila shots were on the side with beverages, at dinner tables, around the pool and up and down the Malecon!
There’s also a general allowance for carrying some back to the USA.
Learn how much you are allowed to bring home.
Fill up your suitcases and bring a little Puerto Vallarta home!
My personal favorite was the one that tasted like coffee!
Your Top 10 Drinks To Taste In Puerto Vallarta
Now you have a beginners list to try.
Bookmark the page.
Try other drinks.
Remember, you can’t have your own list if you don’t try different beverages!
Sip, Sip, Hooray to your holiday! Enjoy your time in Puerto Vallarta ~ Dana XO
Dana Vento is a travel and culinary writer who globe-trots and shares destinations and stories of destinations!