After one sip, you’ll be buzzing around looking to pollinate something.

With all the doom and gloom from Hurricane Earl, I think it’s about time for some positive island talk. It’s rum cocktail time!

Location: Sunshine’s Beach Bar, Pinney’s Beach, Nevis, West Indies

Nevis is known for a lot of things…natural beauty, pristine beaches, romantic getaways and Killer Bees. How can it be that great of an island if you have to worry about aggressive insects you might be asking. Well, true enough you may get stung but it won’t be by a bug. You’ll be stung by the famous Killer Bee rum drink at Sunshine’s Beach Bar.

The Killer Bee cocktail is by far the most popular beverage on the island of Nevis.  Sunshine’s is so secretive about the drink that I’ve read he mixes the cocktail under the bar to hide the mix from curious eyes. So while this is not exact, it is the closest thing you will find…after a few you won’t notice anyway, right?

Killer Bee Recipe Ingredients: (almost)

Mix ahead of time:

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup club soda
  • 1/2 cup light rum
  • 1/2 cup passion fruit juice
  • Nutmeg, starfruit and lime, for garnish


1. In microwave-safe bowl, microwave honey and 1 tablespoon water 30 seconds or until honey is dissolved.
2. Stir in rum, juices and pepper; divide evenly between glasses with ice.
3. Top with club soda.
Garnish with nutmeg and fruit. Raise glass and toast!
Makes 2 servings.

Here is a great write up on Sunshine’s Beach Bar and the Killer Bee from Uncommon Caribbean.

If you’ve ever been to Nevis and had the opportunity to stop and Sunshine’s Beach Bar and wet your lips with a Killer Bee Cocktail I would love to hear about your experience.