It’s summer vacation and everyone’s out of their comfort zone. Diets have gone out the window and bartenders are experimenting with cocktails that we don’t usually enjoy during the winter months. It’s the perfect time of year to sit back, relax and enjoy a refreshing summer beverage.

Here is our list of the top ten beach drinks to enjoy during your next trip to the beach- or in the comfort of your own home. We made sure to include the recipes if you’re interested in becoming your own bartender.

10. Anything with lemonade.
Lemonade is a summer staple for not just kids, but adults too. Vodka and lemonade is a popular combination, but other mixes have been created recently to bring a different flare to the lemony-sweetness.

One of our favorite recipes is a Spiked Blueberry Basil Lemonade. It sounds different, but the taste is out of this world.

Serves 24

24 ounces rum

2 cups of blueberries
2 cups of loosely packed, basil leaves
48 ounces homemade lemonade
1 to 2 liters of chilled seltzer or club soda

Arrange 24 1/2-pint jam jars on the counter. Add 1 ounce of rum, a couple of fresh blueberries, and a few basil leaves to each jar and gently muddle. Top with two ounces of lemonade. Put lids on tightly and shake.

Add ice and seltzer right before drinking.

9. Long Island Iced Tea
Named for its resemblance to non-alcoholic iced tea, this is one of the heavier cocktails on our list. It’s also one of the most well known, appearing in literature as early as 1961. While a number of recipes are floating around, the simplest and most common can be found below-

  • 1.5 cl Tequila
  • 1.5 cl Vodka
  • 1.5 cl White Rum
  • 1.5 cl Triple sec
  • 1.5 cl Gin
  • 2.5 cl Lemon juice, fresh
  • 3.0 cl Gomme syrup
  • 1 dash of Cola

Add all ingredients into highball glass filled with ice.
Stir gently. Garnish with lemon spiral. Serve with straw.

8. Mimosas
Whether you’re celebrating a wedding, or having brunch at the beach, Mimosas are commonplace for those who enjoy a fresh start to the day. Mimosa recipes are generally the same and follow a one cup rule- meaning 3/4 cup champagne, and 1/4 cup orange juice. Virgin versions can be made using lemon-lime soda in place of the alcohol.

7. Sangria
Wine drinkers love sangria for the simple fact that it combines their favorite wine with fresh fruits and a pinch of sparkle. While some may favor red to white, or white to red, the base is the same. A popular recipe floating across the Internet is specific to white, but there are thousands of other samples available online.

  • 1 pint(s) strawberries, hulled and halved lengthwise
  • 2 oranges, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rings
  • 2 lemons, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rings
  • 3 peaches, pitted and cut into 8 wedges
  • 3 bottle(s) white wine (dry to semidry), such as Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay
  • 1 liter(s) sparkling water
  • Ice


  1. Place all fruit in a large pitcher or bowl, add wine, and allow to sit at room temperature 4 to 24 hours. When ready to serve, add sparkling water and ice. Serve in a bowl with a ladle (make sure there’s fruit in every serving).

6. Mojitos
A flavorful rum cocktail originally made with mint and lemon-lime flavors, the Mojito originated in Cuba before finding its way stateside. Bartenders love to hate this drink for its complexity, but it’s definitely a favorite among vacationers- especially in Southern Florida. While the original recipe is a staple, our favorite is made with Pomegranate and is just a tad bit on the sweet side

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

12 mint leaves

6 tablespoons white rum
1/4 cup pomegranate juice
1/8-1/4 fluid ounce soda water

1 Combine the sugar, lime juice and mint leaves in a tall glass; mash with the back of a spoon.2 Mix in the rum and pomegrante juice.

3 Fill glass with ice.

4 Top with a splash of soda water.

5. Rum Punch

Many tourist bars thrive on serving rum-based drinks in pretty cups, while others serve a much larger version in buckets or fishbowls. Rum Punch can usually be found in one of the larger holders, and can combine several different rums and flavors into one powerful drink. A popular version is the Jamaican recipe-
1 cup Bacardi® 151 rum
1/2 cup Myer’s® dark rum
1/4 cup Malibu® coconut rum
2 1/2 cups pineapple juice
2 1/2 cups orange juice
1/4 cup lime juice
3 tbsp grenadine syrup
ice cubes
Mix all ingredients together in a blender or punch bowl. Pour over ice cubes in any type of glass.
4. Sex on the Beach
The drink may be good, but it’s not as lewd as the name suggests. Sex on the Beach was derived from a really simple recipe involving coconut rum and mango juice. There are dozens of varieties and many restaurants and bars offer their own variations with different names, mostly to appease customers who are easily offended. An easy at-home recipe only has a few ingredients-
1 shot Malibu® coconut rum
pineapple juice
1 dash grenadine syrup
1 splash Sprite® soda
Pour the rum into a highball glass. Almost-fill with pineapple juice, and top with grenadine and sprite. Coconut rum can be substituted for malibu rum.
3. Margaritas
Whether or not you’re vacationing in Mexico isn’t the question- it’s whether or not there’s tequila. Tequila is the number two most popular alcohol for vacationers in the United States- and one of the most popular ways to enjoy it is in a Margarita. Whether it’s frozen or on the rocks, sweet or sour, featuring fruit or plain, Margaritas are easy to blend or mix during not only summer, but any time of year.
Cooking Light recently posted an article featuring the seven best Margarita recipes. We couldn’t have agreed more with their list.

2. Daiquiris

If you’re the type that prefers frozen drinks, chances are you’ve had a Daiquiri or two in your lifetime. Varied in fruit flavors, this is a drink that is almost always offered by bars along the beach and at hotel bars as well. The most popular blend is the ever-famous Strawberry Daiquiri, which is a staple on menus across the globe.
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 parts light rum
  • 1 part Triple Sec
  • 1 part fresh strawberries, tops trimmed off
  • Lime juice, as needed
  • Lime wedges
  • Sugar

Add to a blender and puree: ice cubes, light rum, Triple Sec, fresh strawberries and lime juice. Rub the rim of a glass with lime. Roll the glass in sugar. Garnish with lime wedges. Taste and enjoy!

1. Pina Coladas
Nothing says summer and vacation more than a Pina Colada. Made famous by a song and just about every summer movie imaginable, it’s a simple drink made of coconut milk and a soft serving of rum. This drink needs no other explanation- this drink IS summer.

  • 1.5 oz Light or gold rum
  • 2 oz Coconut milk
  • 2 oz Fresh pineapple juice

Garnish: Cherry and pineapple wedge

Glass: Hurricane

To make the Piña Colada add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a Hurricane glass filled with fresh ice. (You may also blend all the ingredients with crushed ice instead.) Garnish with a cherry and a pineapple wedge.