Missing the smell of salty sea air, the sound of crashing waves, the feel of sand between your toes? You may not be able to get to a beach this summer, but you can certainly make a cocktail that makes you feel like you are! There's just something about the beach that makes my heart happy. And the only thing better than the wind, the waves, and the water, is a beachy cocktail.
What makes a cocktail "beachy" you say? Let me enlighten you. It needs two things. First, it needs to taste good. Refreshing, fruity combinations with the right amount of booze. Don't skimp on the booze...that just makes you feel like you're at a cheap bar. As far as this list is concerned, that means rum. I know there are plenty of beachy drinks made with other liquors, but for me rum is a must-have ingredient in order to achieve that island feel. Second, it needs to look pretty. This is essential in order to transport your mind and body to an island paradise. It needs to be colorful, and it needs accessories, or as they say in cocktail language, garnishes. Umbrellas, straws, fresh fruit...the more the better!
It's that simple, folks. You don't have to BE at a beach to FEEL like you're at the beach. Just stir, blend, or shake up one of these beachy boozy concoctions and kick back!
Representing the beautiful island paradise of Puerto Rico, the Piña Colada may just be the best beach drink ever invented. With rum, pineapple and coconut coursing through your veins, how could you be anywhere else? At the beach, the pool, or on your front porch...once you have this drink in your hand, all you have to do is close your eyes and you'll find your own little piece of island paradise.
2 oz White Rum
1 1/2 oz Crème de Coconut
1/2 oz Heavy Cream or Half & Half
2 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 Cup Frozen Pineapple Chunks
1 cup Ice
1/2 oz Dark Rum
Fresh Pineapple and Cherries
Add first 6 ingredients to a blender or Ninja. Blend until smooth and pour in glass. Slowly pour dark rum over top and garnish with a pineapple wedge and Maraschino cherry.
The Blue Hawaiian cocktail is so perfectly beachy that it's almost cliché. I said almost. It's just too delicious to be cliché. The story says it was invented in Hawaii in the 1950's by a bartender in Waikiki, in order to feature Blue Curaçao liqueur. With a glorious combination of tropical flavors and a color that looks like the waters of the South Pacific itself, this drink is like paradise in a glass.
1 1/2 oz White Rum
3/4 oz Crème de Coconut
3/4 oz Blue Curaçao
2 oz Pineapple juice
Pineapple or other fresh fruit
Fill a glass about half full with ice. Combine all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake for about 20 - 30 seconds to combine. Pour over ice and garnish with fresh fruit.
Island Rum Punch
This citrusy pineapple punch will have you dreaming of tropical breezes and palm trees in no time! The combination of flavors creates a fun cocktail that is light, fruity and refreshing without being too sweet. Also known as the Painkiller Cocktail, it is said to have originated in the British Virgin Islands as a hangover cure. It may not cure your hangover, but it will definitely quench your thirst! Perfect for beachside, poolside, or anywhere outside for that matter!
2 oz Dark Rum
1 oz Crème de Coconut
1 oz Orange Juice
4 oz Pineapple Juice
Fresh Pineapple or Orange Slices
Nutmeg or Cinnamon
Add all liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Shake a few times to combine. Pour over ice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge or orange slice. Sprinkle a few dashes of nutmeg or cinnamon on top to kick it up a notch.
Key Lime Cocktail