What are the best beach cocktails?
- Mai Tai
- Pina Colada
- Classic Mojito
- Orange Crush
- Coronita or Mexican Bulldog
- Strawberry Daiquiri
Half the fun of going to the beach is outdoor drinking. We all know it’s true! There’s just simply no better feeling than having a chilly drink in your hand as you soak in the sun and the sand.
So, if you're headed to an all-inclusive beach resort or a beach house this weekend, why not whip up some cocktails for you and your friends to sip on? We’ve compiled the best beach cocktails for you to enjoy on your vacation:
No summer or beach getaway is complete without a Mai Tai. Depending on the bar, the recipe may vary. But, there’s no denying that the classic Polynesian recipe is one of the best versions you can try. This one stirs up rum, orange, curaçao, syrup, and lime together to create a tropical-flavored drink with a punch!
- 1 ½ ounce white rum — try it with our Bayou White Rum.
- 1 ounce dark rum — like our Negrita Dark Rum.
- ¾ ounce orange curaçao.
- ½ ounce simple syrup.
- ¾ ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed.
- Fruit, for garnish (optional).
- Mix your rums, curaçao, lime juice, and simple syrup in a chilled cocktail glass.
- Shake vigorously until combined.
- Pour over ice.
- Garnish with fruit of your choice — we recommend maraschino cherries or a lime and orange wheel.
Popular in songs and at beach resorts, Pina Coladas feature the ultimate summertime flavor. It originated in Puerto Rico, but it’s a staple at just about any beachside resort you can visit. Pineapple, coconut, and rum are fused to make this delicious cocktail.
- 1 to 1 ½ cup ice.
- 1 ½ ounce white rum — try our Negrita White Rum.
- 1 ounce dark rum — use our Negrita Dark Rum.
- 2 ounces pineapple juice.
- 2 ounces coconut cream.
- Pineapple chunks, for garnish.
- Add the ice, rums, pineapple juice, and coconut cream into a blender.
- Blend until the ice and drinks are fully incorporated.
- Pour into a glass, and garnish with freshly cut pineapple. Enjoy!
The classic combination of rum, lime, mint, and some refreshing soda — what’s better for an afternoon at the beach than a glass of Mojito in your hand? And, if you’re worried about your mint wilting in your glass in the heat of the sun, we’ve got a great solution: mint simple syrup.
Making this mint substitute is as easy as brewing tea. Pour hot water over your mint sprigs, and let it steep. Stir in some sugar, then strain. With this, you have a syrup filled with vibrant mint flavor that lasts as long as your drink does!
- 2 ounces white rum — we suggest our Bayou White Rum.
- 2 ounces soda water.
- 2 tablespoons of sugar.
- ½ lime, cut into wedges.
- Fresh mint leaves, to garnish.
- Add your mint, lime, and sugar into a tall glass.
- Muddle them together until the juice is released from your lime wedges.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Add in your rum, and stir gently.
- Top with soda water, and enjoy!
This orange crush cocktail is citrusy and can be enjoyed any time of the year — not just at the beach! Whether you’re soaking in the rays or having a lively party at home, this refreshing cocktail is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Try it on your next trip!
- 2 ounces vodka — you can use regular Stoli or the orange-flavored variety.
- 1 ounce triple sec.
- 3 ounces orange juice.
- Orange slices, to garnish (optional).
- Mix your vodka, triple sec, and orange juice in a glass with ice.
- Garnish with an orange slice — and drink up!
Coronita or Mexican Bulldog
If you’re more of a beer fan, and you’re looking for a refreshing cocktail that you can enjoy at the beach, then this one is perfect for you. Coronitas, also known as Mexican Bulldogs (or Icebergs) are simple to prepare on your vacation. All you need is some chilled beer, and margarita mix — or you can make that fresh if you want to go all out!
- Corona beer, chilled.
- 3 ounces of blended margarita or margarita mix of your choice.
- Pour your margarita or frozen margarita into a salt-rimmed glass.
- Pop open your corona, and place the beer upside down in the glass.
- Make sure the neck of the beer is submerged into the margarita to avoid spills.
- Serve, and enjoy!
Created in Cuba, the daiquiri in its many forms can be ordered from thousands of streets, vendors, and cafes along the beach. The most popular recipes include the strawberry daiquiri — its strawberry flavor is the right choice for strawberry season and summer! It’s punchy from the rum, but also has strong hints of citrus and strawberry sweetness. Yum! The recipe below makes about 4 glasses.
- 1 cup of light rum — like this Aguacana Cachaca Rum.
- 6 tablespoons of simple syrup (or maple syrup).
- ¼ cup lime juice, freshly squeezed.
- 1 pound of frozen strawberries.
- 1 cup ice.
- ⅛ teaspoon of kosher salt.
- Place all your ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until smooth (or until your desired consistency).
- Pour into glasses, and serve.
When it’s time to prepare for your upcoming beach trips, make the most out of these blue-sky days and hot afternoons with the best beach cocktails! Mix any of these up, and sip them with friends and family with your toes in the sand.
To supply all your drink needs, visit Ralph’s Wines & Spirits online store! We carry a wide variety of rums, tequilas, vodkas, and other drinks you might want to stock up on for your next vacation.