The Best Cocktails for Key West Sunset Sipping
Few drinks go better with a sunset than a celebratory cocktail. From our favorite mimosas to icy blends of fresh fruit and liquor, we’ve rounded up some of the most refreshing and layered cocktails that pair perfectly with the colors and vibes of a sunset (and where to get them!). Celebrate the golden moments with the best cocktails for Key West sunset sipping.
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Rum Runner (El Meson de Pepe)
Be a part of the incredible cultural experience that is the sunset celebration at Mallory Square at El Meson de Pepe. Have a seat at the Cuban eatery’s outdoor bar to observe the vendors, local musicians, and street performers and order the Rum Runner. The blend of dark and light rums, crème de banana, blackberry brandy, grenadine, orange, and pineapple juice mimics the vibrant pinks and oranges of the sun disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico. 410 Wall St.
Southernmost Sunset (Alonzo’s Oyster Bar)
The waterfront restaurant serves up a delicious Southernmost Sunset cocktail, made with Mount Gay Rum, peach and banana liquor, and pineapple and orance juice topped with Grenadine. Arrive early to snag a seat on Alonzo’s patio along the boardwalk. Their daily 4 - 6:30 p.m. happy hour has some of the best deals in town, with half-priced well drinks, beer, wines by the glass, and discounts on seafood-centric tapas. 700 Front St.
Key West Sunset Mimosa (Conch Republic Seafood Company)
Don’t cast off the mimosa as a basic brunch cocktail. Conch Republic has revived the drink and made it the perfect sunset sipper. Their Key West Sunset Mimosa is a refreshing twist on the classic cocktail, with Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur floating atop bubbly prosecco. The premium liqueur is made with native Sicialian Sanguinello blood oranges picked at the peak of ripeness. 631 Greene St.
World Famous Key Lime Martini (The White Tarpon Bar & Restaurant)
If you enjoy the occasional piece of key lime pie, this martini is for you. Seal your ultimate Key West experience by enjoying a sunset with The White Tarpon’s World Famous Key Lime Martini. The signature martini is rimmed with a graham cracker and filled to the brim with vanilla vodka, Licor 43, sour mix, and key lime juice. The citrus of the key lime is backed up nicely by the vanilla and the graham cracker rim finishes off the pie experience perfectly. 700 Front St.
Wasted Away Margarita (Schooner Wharf Bar)
Your margarita deserves more than plain old tequila. Schooner Wharf’s Wasted Away Margarita is an homage to singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffet. Made with Margaritaville tequila and triple sec, the cocktail will leave you staying cool while you’re “watchin’ the sun bake” on the waterfront. 202 William St.
Rum Sunset (Waterfront Brewery)
The brewery at the Historic Key West Bight has a small specialty cocktail menu that is as innovative and delicious as their locally crafted beer. Try the Rum Sunset, made with coconut, mango, passion fruit, and pineapple rums, dark rum, strawberry puree, and pineapple and orange juice. Want a taste of paradise? Let this tropical fruit-forward thirst quencher take you there. 201 William St.
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