May 13 marks this year’s World Cocktail Day and while there is no doubt a score of bars offering samples of their finest concoctions, mixologist Dunnimal from the Nautilus Maldives has crafted four versatile and distinct tasting recipes to try your hand at and enjoy the celebrations from home.

Pair your weekend brunch affair with Kandima’s “Espresso Melatini,” serve yourself a delightful tropical paradise in a glass with “A Day at the Beach” if you are craving sunshine and the gentle sea breeze, or indulge in the carnivalesque fusion “Bird of Paradise,” that will transport you momentarily to a festive escapade. Savour the health-conscious mocktail “Kakatoo” for those looking to go alcohol-free.

The Luscious “A Day at the Beach”: This delightful cocktail combines the smooth notes of Amaretto Disaronno and island coconut-infused rum, perfectly complemented by the freshness of orange juice. The homemade pomegranate shrub adds a touch of tangy sweetness, creating a tropical symphony of flavours. Served over ice in a Poco Grande glass, garnished with a dried orange slice, this cocktail is a must-try for beach and sun seekers.

Ingredients (serves 1): Method:
  • 30 ml Amaretto Disaronno
  • 30 ml Island coconut-infused rum. ​ ​ ​
  • 50 ml Fresh orange juice
  • 15 ml Homemade pomegranate shrub


Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake well with ice. Pour into the Poco Grande glass over ice and garnish with a dried orange slice.



The Exhilarating “Bird of Paradise”: A harmonious blend of vodka, pineapple juice, coconut purée, grenadine, and fresh lime juice, this cocktail is a burst of exotic flavours. Served in a long glass and garnished with pineapple chunks, it’s a jubilant drink that embodies the spirit of ​ good cheer, Ideal for those who love the lively energy of summer parties and want to dance!

Ingredients (serves 1): Method:
  • 60 ml Vodka
  • 50 ml Pineapple juice
  • 25 ml Coconut purée
  • 10 ml Grenadine
  • 10 ml fresh lime juice
Shake all the ingredients with ice and pour into a long glass garnish with pineapple ponds.



The Decadent – “Espresso Melatini”: The “Espresso Melatini” is the perfect drink to satisfy your caffeine cravings. This cocktail combines the boldness of vodka, the richness of Kahlua, and the sweetness of caramel syrup. The star ingredient is the dash of espresso, lending a robust and stimulating kick to the mix. Shaken with ice and strained into a martini glass, it’s a sophisticated drink that will awaken taste buds with a beautiful presentation, the go-to for the cosmopolitan crowd, night owls, and coffee-sipping wordsmiths seeking a dose of comfort and cosiness.

Ingredients (serves 1): Method:
  • 45ml Vodka.
  • 15ml Kahlua
  • 5ml caramel syrup
  • 30ml espresso
  • Shaken with ice
  • Strained and served in a martini glass
  • Garnished with 3 coffee beans
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake well with ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.



Mocktail Special – “Kakatoo” : Infused with the essence of blueberry and the delicate aroma of jasmine tea, this drink offers a harmonious blend of flavours, a gentle self-care elixir. The tartness of orange juice bouncing off the effervescence of soda elevates the experience to new heights. Served in a chilled glass, garnished with a sprig of fresh mint, this delightful mocktail is a non-alcoholic masterpiece that leaves behind tender afternotes.

Ingredients (serves 1): Method:
  • 60ml Jasmine Tea
  • 20ml Orange Juice
  • 30ml Soda
  • 4 Ice cubes
  • Blueberries for garnish
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake well with ice and serve on your choice of glassware



Visit Kandima’s other dining outlets to discover extended menus with innovative drinks offerings and customised drinks on request. The resort is dedicated to creating unique drinks for all to suit any potable inclinations and hearty desires.