7 Beach-Inspired Cocktails You Can Make at Home

I don’t know about you, but when I return home from the beach, I go through an intense vacation hangover.

Right when I step foot into land-locked Arkansas (my home), I can’t help but to torment myself with thoughts like, “Wow, three days ago I was sitting on the beach drinking a mojito” or “If I could just rewind 48 hours, I’d be getting a massage at the spa” — it’s cruel and miserable.

But, since I’m a grown woman who has an eight-to-five job and a laundry list of responsibilities, I can’t afford to dwell in my lack-of-beach-induced misery for longer than a week.

So, in order to transport my mind to a sandy landscape, I mix up a few of these delicious, fruity cocktails.

7 Beach-Inspired Cocktails You Can Make at Home:

1. Beachcomber

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces banana liqueur
  • 4 ounces pear nectar
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker or pitcher. Pour into ice-filled glasses and enjoy!

2. Sangria Bonita

Ingredients: 

  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 4 ounces orange liqueur
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 bottle sparkling water
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 star fruit, sliced
  • 6 strawberries, sliced

Directions:

Combine wine, orange liqueur and sugar into a pitcher, and stir until the sugar dissolves. Then, add the sparkling water and fruit, and chill for an hour. Pour into glasses and garnish with mint. Enjoy!

3. Lemon Grotto 

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces lemoncello
  • 2 ounces orange liqueur
  • 8 strawberries, sliced

Directions:

Combine lemoncello and orange liqueur in a small bowl. Stir in the strawberries and soak for one hour. Puree the strawberry mixture in a blender and strain. Pour into glasses and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon peel and enjoy!

4. Coastal Skies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pineapple-flavored vodka or rum
  • 1 cup blue Curaçao
  • 1/2 cup amaretto liqueur
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup
  • Garnishes: lime slices, pineapple wedges

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled pitcher. Garnish and enjoy!

5. Seaside Sunrise

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 cups orange-mango juice
  • 2 cups passion fruit–flavored rum
  • 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • 2 tablespoons grenadine
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine
  • Garnishes: orange and lime slices

Directions:

Combine first five ingredients in a large pitcher. Pour into ice-filled glasses, and top with sparkling wine, if desired. Garnish and enjoy!

6. Paloma

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces blanco or reposado tequila
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 7 ounces ​grapefruit soda
  • Optional: salt for rimming

Directions:

Rim a collins glass with salt. Fill the glass with ice and add tequila and lime juice. Top it off with grapefruit soda and enjoy!

7. Blueberry-Mint Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

Directions:

In a large pitcher, muddle the blueberries and mint. Stir in the water, sugar and lemon juice, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Chill, serve and enjoy!

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