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The Famous Sint Maarten Guavaberry Colada

Umm yeah, I’m giving you a cocktail recipe on a Monday.

The Famous Sint Maarten Guavaberry Colada | #recipeBut it’s still Summer, so I think it’s probably allowed, right? Plus, this is super easy, and super delicious. The only real problem is that you may have some trouble locating the main ingredient—Guavaberry Liqeuer.

You see, I picked up my bottle while on my cruise. When we stopped in Sint Maarten, there was one drink that was on every menu…yes, you guessed it—the Guavaberry Colada. Then, on the way back to the boat, I noticed a stand selling the stuff and had to have some.

According to their website, Guavaberry is the legendary folk liqueur of Sint Maarten…It was first made here centuries ago in private homes…It became an integral part of local culture & tradition…Guavaberry is our national liqueur.” Whiiiiich explains why I saw it everywhere on the island! The Guavaberry Colada is the drink that’s usually made with it.

The Famous Sint Maarten Guavaberry Colada | #recipe The Famous Sint Maarten Guavaberry Colada | #recipe

Sooo, no this is not my original recipe, but it’s too dang good not to share. It’s basically a piña colada that has a fruity flair to it. Apparently a guavaberry is a real berry, and not, as I thought, a combination of guava and berry flavors. It’s also called a “rumberry.” Boom. Hitting you with cool trivia knowledge!

There’s only three ingredients in this drink: Guavaberry liqueur, cream of coconut, and pure pineapple juice. …Four if you count a sprinkling of freshly-grated nutmeg on top. Oh, and all it requires is putting everything in a blender and blending.

Like I said, the most difficult part will probably be finding the liqueur, but apparently it is available in some places in the U.S., which you can check out here. If you can’t find it near you, try using a guava flavored liqueur.

I feel like I should also mention that in no way is this post sponsored. I just found this stuff on my vacation and fell in love 😛

The Famous Sint Maarten Guavaberry Colada | #recipe The Famous Sint Maarten Guavaberry Colada | #recipe

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The Famous Sint Maarten Guavaberry Colada

Yield: 3-4 servings


  • 9 ounces  (1 cup + 2 tbsp) fresh pineapple juice (not from concentrate)
  • 3 ounces (1/4 cup + 2 tbsp) cream of coconut (not coconut milk or coconut cream; usually found on the same aisle with other cocktail mixers)
  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) Guavaberry Liqueur
  • lots of ice
  • freshly-grated nutmeg
  • maraschino cherries, for garnish (optional)


  1. Combine the pineapple juice, cream of coconut, Guavaberry Liqueur, and a few large handfuls of ice in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses and top with freshly-grated nutmeg. Top with a cherry, if desired!

recipe from here

The Famous Sint Maarten Guavaberry Colada | #recipe


9 Responses to “The Famous Sint Maarten Guavaberry Colada”

  1. Elizabeth @ — August 12, 2014 at 1:07 am

    These sound amazing! Gorgeously pink and slushy and refreshing! Also, I first thought that the nutmeg was sparkly edible glitter and I fell in love even more–but nutmeg sounds like a good addition too. 😉

    • Rachael replied: — August 12th, 2014 @ 1:13 am

      OMG sparkly edible glitter is something I MUST own and top EVERYTHING with. This is almost life and death.

      Thank you, Elizabeth 😛

  2. Peggy — November 10, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    We just got back from a cruise that included St. Maarten as a port of call.  I had a guavaberry colada at one of the beach bars and the bartender gave me some generic ingredients and directions for her drink which, incidentally, was wonderful.  She uses rum, guavaberry liquour, (looked like about 3 or 4 parts rum to one part g’berry) homemade colada base, some Ponche Kuba (a cream liquour) and a scoop of ice.  As these bartenders do, all measurements were “eyeballed” and I haven’t experimented yet with more exact measurements.  We have no trouble finding the “Old Man” brand in Chattanooga, so if you’re near a large city you should be able to readily find that one.  So far I haven’t found a recipe for homemade colada base so I’ll be using a commercial mix.  I’ll get back to you with a recipe if I’m able to replicate what I had.

    • Rachael replied: — November 10th, 2014 @ 1:33 pm

      Hi Peggy! I hope you enjoyed the cruise as much as I did!
      Unfortunately, the Old Man brand is only available in certain parts of the country (not Seattle 🙁 ), but you are so lucky to be able to find it near you!
      There are definitely a million and one recipes for the guavaberry colada! This just happens to be the original one from the bottle haha. Though, man of the guavaberry coladas I had in the islands were far creamier, and much lighter in color.

      P.s.–homemade colada base is just cream of coconut and pineapple juice, usually 🙂

  3. Debby — January 17, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Just got back from a cruise that included St. Maarten & brought back Guavaberry after a tasting on a tour.  Will be making these Guavaberry Pina Coladas next weekend in hopes it will take me back to that beautiful Island.

    • Rachael replied: — January 17th, 2016 @ 11:45 pm

      How fun, Debby!Making them at home isn’t quite as lovely as sipping them beach side on a tropical island, but they are an acceptable substitute 😛

  4. Julie Fletcher — November 7, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I have also returned from a cruise to  British Virgin Islands and had the most delicous refreshing drink with dark rum. I have no idea what the quantities were, or if it was a liquer or fresh juice, but the fruit juice added was guava, cherry and pineapple. 
    I am now looking for a recipe as I found guava juice in our supermarket today. I have never seen it available before!
    I am hoping you may be able to help me.
    Thank you in anticipation,  cheers.

    • Rachael replied: — November 28th, 2016 @ 6:25 pm

      I’m so sorry, Julie! I’ve never heard of that drink before.

  5. Randy Lewis — December 17, 2017 at 6:57 am

    great drink , i always add a little dark rum

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