Pensacola Cocktails to Try While on Vacation

6 Pensacola Cocktails to Try While on Vacation

If you’re planning for some rest and relaxation away from the daily grind, then Florida might just be on your list. Pensacola, in particular, is a pretty good place with some of the best beaches and attractions. Of course, what kind of vacation would be complete without some booze and drinks. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best Pensacola cocktails to try while on vacation to make your stay in Pensacola extra special.

1. The Bushwacker

The Bushwacker is perhaps one of the most popular drinks in Pensacola. Some even say it’s the “official” drink of the area. It’s literally just a layered dessert in liquid form. It’s equal parts Bushmills Irish Whiskey, Kahlua, and heavy cream. It’s a lot more drinkable than it sounds, and it’s a bit sweeter than your usual alcoholic beverages, but it’s delicious nonetheless.

2. Glowtini

If you’re not a fan of the Bushwacker, but you still want something fruity and chilled, then the Glowtini would be a great choice. The Glowtini is a strong, sweet vodka-based cocktail with pineapple juice and blue curacao. It’s fun to say and to drink and is a pretty good after-dinner drink. Some restaurant bars also have special glow-in-the-dark versions, hence the name.

3. Golden Dream

If you’re a fan of beach parties and all the fun they entail, then the Golden Dream drink is not to be missed. It’s a blend of Galliano herbal liqueur, triple sec, orange juice, and fresh cream. This cocktail is great for those who like their drinks sweet but not overpowering. Some restaurants also make their own version of the Golden Dream and serve it in a hollowed-out pineapple.

4. Irish Wake

The Irish Wake is a cocktail that combines both 151 and gold rum, freshly squeezed orange juice, and Blue Curaçao. It’s a simple yet effective mix that goes down smoothly and is very good on a hot day. Some bars serve it in a pint glass, while others serve it in a jar-like container. The amount of rum in the mix varies depending on the bar, but two shots are the most common.

5. Miami Vice

The Miami Vice is a strong and fruity rum-based drink that blends Piña Colada, coconut milk, and coconut cream. Some variations include lemon juice and grenadine. If you’re looking for something tamer but still a bit exotic, you can’t go wrong with the Miami Vice. 

6. John Daly

This cocktail may taste a little familiar as it uses a combination of lemonade and iced tea, similar to a typical Arnold Palmer cocktail. What makes the John Daly different is it uses vodka to produce that kick you know and love. It’s the perfect cocktail for those who want something light and tropical.


Pensacola is known for being a city where the locals know how to party, and the bars are full of their revelry. Booze and drinks are what brighten up their days and nights, so it’s only right that you should try some of the local favorites while you’re there. You probably can’t try them all while you’re in town, so make sure you try at least one from this list.

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Published By Kim Gandhi Kim Gandhi began cooking at 8 years old with a love of food driving her to experiment with her Hispanic and German heritage. She gained a BBA in Marketing and turned to the business world for much of her career. Her strong customer service background and her passion for great events that involve chefs, customers, and amazing food allows her to indulge in her love of cooking and enjoying what FFK chefs bring to the table.