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:
- 8 ounces vodka
- 4 ounces banana liqueur
- 4 ounces pear nectar
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
Combine all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker or pitcher. Pour into ice-filled glasses and enjoy!
2. Sangria Bonita
- 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
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
- 6 ounces lemoncello
- 2 ounces orange liqueur
- 8 strawberries, sliced
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
- 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
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled pitcher. Garnish and enjoy!
5. Seaside Sunrise
- 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
Combine first five ingredients in a large pitcher. Pour into ice-filled glasses, and top with sparkling wine, if desired. Garnish and enjoy!
- 2 ounces blanco or reposado tequila
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- 7 ounces grapefruit soda
- Optional: salt for rimming
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
- 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
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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