Once a haven of wayward pirates, Roatan is now a popular hot spot for cruise ships and scuba divers in the Caribbean Sea. Tourists pepper the West End Beach and Mesoamerican Barrier Reef during the day and haunt the West End bars at night downing Rum Runners and Bay Island Ales by the bucketful.
If you dig a little deeper than the casual cruise-by tourist though, Roatan begins to reveal layers of its eclectic culture. Past the glitz of tourism, the largest of the Honduras Islands is a tight-knit, laid-back fisherman’s paradise. Second to tourism, fishing is an important source of income, luring seafaring men and women from around the world to its pristine waters.
In tribute to the fun-loving trawlers in Roatan who shared their fish tales during my brief visit, I’ve put a spin on the American classic, Fish House Punch. Cheers mateys!
1 oz. Spiced Rum
1 oz. Brandy
1 oz. Pineapple Rum
1 tsp Agave Nectar
1.5 oz Lemon Juice
Dash of Lime Juice
Sparkling Water, Orange
Add all ingredients except the sparkling water to a mixing glass. Shake thoroughly. Transfer to a tumbler (highball glass) filled with ice. Top off with orange sparkling water. Garnish with lemon slice.