Cocktail Ingredients That Taste Like the Beach

Pick your poison to find your paradise.

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Few things, if any, compare to the simple pleasures found from a lazy afternoon spent on the beach. That feeling of digging your heels into the sand, the sun kissing your nose and resting a trashy novel against your chest to take a swig of that fruity, frozen drink — it’s nothing short of pure bliss.

Beachside With a Batidos

Beachside With a Batidos

The batidos, a Spanish milkshake smoothie hybrid, is a must-try when visiting Curacao.

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Deanne Revel

Whether you're living the life on vacay, at home missing the beach or can’t carve out the time to make it down to paradise this year — I'm here to bring those easy, breezy beach vibes to you. Introducing, the must-know makings that will make your booze taste like vacation.

Coconut

Big-Batch Cocktail: The Lime in the Coconut

Big-Batch Cocktail: The Lime in the Coconut

Made from coconut vodka, coconut water, pineapple puree, fresh-squeezed lime juice and a splash of cherry-lime sparkling water, this refreshing big batch cocktail is a summery twist on the classic vodka soda.

Photo by: Jason Kisner ©Copyright Scripps Networks, 2016

Jason Kisner, Copyright Scripps Networks, 2016

Harness the smooth, coconut flavor through coconut-flavored seltzer water, or pack a punch with flavored liquor. (Coconut rum is a personal favorite!) The classic pina colada proves that coconut and pineapple are a match made in heaven. Looking for a lighter libation? Our big-batch coconut-lime vodka soda is just the refreshing, fizz fix you need.

Pineapple

Pineapple Mojito

Pineapple Mojito

Drink in the tropical flavors of pineapple and coconut and your fresh garden mint in this flavor-packed cocktail.

Photo by: Image courtesy of Cocina 214

Image courtesy of Cocina 214

Pineapple and coconut is great (read: amazing) but pineapple and mint? You’re going to love it. Combine pineapple with fresh mint, soda water and rum, then prepare for all the paradise feels.

Make It: Pineapple Mojito

Mango

Photo by: Jason Kisner ©Copyright Scripps Networks, 2016

Jason Kisner, Copyright Scripps Networks, 2016

Mango + tequila = you’re good to go. Well, almost. Blend frozen mango with ice, light tequila and fresh, squeezed lime juice for a glorious slush-like drink. Mango also tastes amazing when paired with mint, raspberries or ultra-spicy jalapenos. Think you can handle the heat?

Salt

Infused Alcohol

Infused Alcohol

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Get it, because saltwater? Use salt on the rim of your beached-up booze concoction for seaside vibes. It’s a must for margaritas and Bloody Mary's and ups the ante for just about any tequila cocktail you can dream of. Pro tip: Use just a dash here and there to balance out the sweetness of sugary summer drinks.

Grapefruit

The Hemingway Cocktail

The Hemingway Cocktail

A Hemingway cocktail made with rum, lime and grapefruit juice.

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Papa's Pilar

Paloma is pretty much synonymous with paradise, no? Grapefruit rocks my world, guys. Use it with tequila and soda for a Paloma, or pair it with vodka and cranberry for a sea breeze. Our virgin grapefruit mojito recipe combines this citrus superstar with torn mint leaves, agave syrup and soda — all that’s missing is a splash of your favorite rum.

Get the Recipe: Virgin Grapefruit Mojito

Mint

Chuck and Amie take us inside their plans for a “game night” with friends. They love getting everyone together for some friendly competition and have learned to take the stress out of entertaining as they simplify party planning. They describe some of their ‘go-to’ games along with beverage and food ideas including a tasty cocktail that includes Ginger Ale. Feature drink is Mojito Ginger Splash with Canada Dry Ginger Ale, rum, mojito mix & fresh mint.

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Keith Wright/Wright Creative; Inc.

Keep things fresh and feisty for summer with a mint-clad mojito. Start off with your go-to summer rum. Achieve that beachy taste by pairing fresh-muddled mint with chunks of tropical mango or pineapple. Coconut, lime and grapefruit are additives that are sure to satisfy, too.

Lime

Caipirinha

Caipirinha

Sit back and sip on Brazil’s national drink, the Caipirinha. The sweet, but refreshing cocktail is made with cachaça (sugarcane rum), sugar and lime. Looking for a more fruity taste? Try the caipifruta, made with cachaça, crushed ice and crushed fresh fruit or fruits, including tangerine, lime kiwifruit, passion fruit caju, mango, grapes, lemon, caja and/or pineapple.

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Thinkstock

Squeeze fresh lime into a light beer for a laid-back libation, or pair it with passionfruit juice and a clear rum for a cocktail that transports you to a sand-surrounded beach towel. One word: YUM.

Cucumber

Springtime in Baja cocktail from ONE. Midtown Kitchen in Atlanta

Springtime in Baja cocktail from ONE. Midtown Kitchen in Atlanta

Springtime in Baja cocktail from ONE. Midtown Kitchen in Atlanta

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Image courtesy of ONE. midtown kitchen.

Cucumber offers that same refreshing element of mint, making it an ideal ingredient for warm-weather cocktails. This veggie makes magic with vodka and gin alike, but we’re partial to pairing it with tequila for beach-ready booze. A recipe not to be overlooked? Springtime in Baha. It combines cucumber with jalapeno, lime and cilantro for a cocktail that transports you to a much happier, sunnier, somewhat buzzed place.

Tomato Juice

It's everyone's favorite spicy brunch cocktail, the Bloody Mary.

If you didn’t order a Bloody Mary, did you even make it to the beach? I think not. Jazz up that plain tomato juice with our Bloody Mary cocktail recipe. You’re welcome.

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