If you have ever met my husband, aka Gary, aka Professor Marchant, aka GareBear, you probably know that he likes to live pretty large. If we have 10 people over for dinner, Gary cooks for 40. If other people collect 3-4 sources for an article they are writing, Gary collects stack of studies 4 feet high (literally). He never passes on dessert. And, on vacation, the man loves a big tropical drink.
Which is why the highlight of a trip that we took to Cancun a number of years ago turned out to be a drink. Our short vacation to Cancun coincided with Spring Break which was not ideal as the pool (and everywhere else) was full of loud, partying and often obnoxious Spring Breakers. The upside was the drink specials. Sitting poolside one afternoon, we were delighted to discover a ginormous fruity concoction that was served in a hollowed out watermelon. Gary, of course, had to have it. Sadly, I don't have a photo of that magical beverage, but that watermelon was bigger than Gary's head and he drank the whole thing.
Thus began our favorite unit of measure for tropical drinks: Gary's head. Since that time, we have scoured the earth looking for tropical drinks that meet the test. And, once again, in Mexico, we found contenders. Sitting poolside at another Mexican resort, we observed large fruity drinks being carried by. Gary had to have them.
You can be the judge of whether they passed the "big as Gary's head" test. He certainly wasn't complaining.