7 Tropical Cocktails for Your Island Hunters Marathon

Pair these tropical cocktails with an HGTV 'Island Hunters' marathon for a Black Friday you can actually enjoy.
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Are you avoiding the stores this Friday? I don’t blame you. Getting detained in mall jail over a fist fight for this season’s "it" boots just doesn’t seem worth it. So if you too plan to enjoy the day in the comfort and safety of your own home, I’ve got a treat for you.

HGTV House Hunters: Dining Out in a Polynesian Paradise

HGTV House Hunters: Dining Out in a Polynesian Paradise

As seen on HGTV's House Hunters, there's plenty of fun to be had at this ocean-front home on the island of Honolulu, with its brightly colored dining space and low-maintenance blue-stone tiles. The house itself is constructed in a Polynesian style, complete with a thatched roof and other island amenities.

From: House Hunters on Vacation

Take a break from the holiday rush, icy weather and terrifying crowds, and let us sweep you away to a tropical paradise with a Black Friday marathon of Island Hunters, airing back to back from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To bring this tropical daydream a little closer to reality, we’ve got a few cocktails that should do the trick. And just to make things even easier, you can pick your poison according to which booze you prefer. You’re welcome.


Frozen Margie-Cadorita Cocktail

Frozen Margie-Cadorita Cocktail

A frozen Margie-Cadorita, different and fun take on a margarita, goes perfectly with guacamole and tortilla chips. Add lime and avocado garnish to highlight essential ingredients.

Thanksgiving can be tough. Forget every “helpful criticism” your mother-in-law threw your way with a delightfully-creamy frozen margarita. Extra tequila, please.


The Magic Hat Cocktail

The Magic Hat Cocktail

Learn how to make this refreshing summer cocktail that mixes gin, aperol, fruits and lemonade over ice.

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Marianne Canada

Mint, cucumber, lemonade = yum! If a marathon of "Island Hunters" isn’t enough of a tropical escape, this fruity cocktail will transport you to a magical, coupon-free oasis.

Make This: Magic Hour Cocktail


Pink Flamingo Cocktail

Pink Flamingo Cocktail

Mix up this fruity cocktail to enjoy a summery taste of the tropics wherever you are.

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H. Camille Smith

Are you afraid you might be missing the deal of a lifetime? After a few sips of this coconut and pineapple potion, your only fear will be running out.


Watermelon Mule Cocktail

Watermelon Mule Cocktail

Enjoy the flavors of summer with this cool and refreshing watermelon mule, a twist on the classic Moscow mule.

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Kayla Kitts

What better way to avoid the fray than with a classic cocktail with a watermelon surprise? Enjoy this delicious treat as you hunt alongside the lucky island dwellers.


Mint Juleps

Mint Juleps

A tasty treat for horse-racing aficionados or simply a gathering of friends, this Mint Julep is worthy of Kentucky gentry.

You pick: frantically running through big box stores or sipping on a classic mint julep? This delightful concoction is a Southern summer staple for a reason, folks.

Make This: Mint Julep


Homemade Sparkling Sangria

Homemade Sparkling Sangria

Ditch the fully stocked bar loaded with wine and spirits and opt for one signature cocktail such as sparkling sangria instead! This will take the pressure off the host from having to play bartender all night.

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ALX Creatives

If hard liquor isn’t your thing, give this sweet and bubbly sangria a try. Turn up the heat a few notches, and you’ll swear you’re lounging on the coast of Tahiti. It’s that good.


Savannah Fizz Cocktail

Savannah Fizz Cocktail

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She-N-He Photography

After a long day of cooking, cleaning and over-eating, you deserve a treat. Celebrate a day off work with this decadent Savannah fizz.

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Fun With Fruit

Add a fruity, festive touch to your cocktail with an orange-skin star and frozen cranberries. These garnishes look particularly pretty on (and in!) dark-hued drinks like an Old-Fashioned.

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Thyme and Honeycomb

For a refreshing holiday cocktail, incorporate some natural flavors, such as honey and thyme, into a classic gin and tonic.

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Ribbon Candy Martini

The holidays call for peppermint, so decorate your next Creme de Menthe martini with peppermint ribbon candy, found at specialty candy shops or online. The classic combo of red and green is a no-brainer!

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Champagne on the Rocks

Champagne is the drink of choice during the holiday season. Add a stick of rock candy to "ice" your dry Brut and add a little sweetness to the mix.

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Colorful Surprise

For an even bigger kick, use red, green or blue rock candy and tint your bubbly with festive colors. Added bonus: You'll feel like a kid again.

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Pomegranate Spritz

Turn a cocktail into a spritzer by adding club soda. It's an easy way to lighten up any drink – in calories, alcohol and color. This beautiful, blushing drink is as pretty to look at as it is to drink.

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Festive Ice Cubes

Freeze pomegranate seeds, cranberries or other complementary fruits into your ice cubes for a splash of color and added flavor.

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Rosemary Finish

Aromatic rosemary is a great finish to a tart cocktail. Plus, it's easy to grow in a pot or in the ground, so you can always have some on hand.

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Watch Island Hunters on HGTV this Friday, November 27, from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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