Mixing cocktails at the condo: our favorite recipes


What’s your favorite beach cocktail? Go ahead, hit me. When my adult children join my wife and me for a trip to the Alabama coast, we stock up on the mixings for our favorite drinks.

Beach cocktail recipesSure, you can have a rum and Coke (which I love, by the way), but it’s so much more fun to celebrate your visit with a unique concoction. In fact, sometimes we mix something different for each night we’re in our beachfront condo. We even have theme nights.

Since I mentioned rum, we’ll start with a mojito. Pick up fresh mint and limes at a local grocery store, along with your favorite fruit juice (I like pineapple). A traditional mojito is simple: Crush the mint in a shaker or your glass (or pitcher if you’re mixing a big batch). Add simple syrup stirred with lime juice, ice and rum. Rub mint leaves on the rim of your glass, then add more leaves to the drink. Some folks add a couple tablespoons of club soda. I prefer the juice, but whatever suits you is fine.

While we’re mixing with rum, how about a pina colada? Put ice, a half cup of diced, frozen pineapple, 2 ounces of pineapple juice, 2 ounces of coconut cream, and rum (amount to your preference, and white, dark or both) into a blender until smooth and creamy. Use pineapple slices for garnishes. Voila!

Are you more of a vodka drinker? Try a slush made with vodka, a half-ounce of peach schnapps, and two ounces each of orange, pineapple and cranberry juices. Blend all those ingredients in a blender with ice.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t include some form of a margarita for the tequila lovers out there. You can enjoy this drink frozen or on the rocks. Prepare your glass by rubbing a lime wedge along the rim and dipping the rim upside down into salt. A traditional margarita is tequila, lime juice and Cointreau. Or try an apple margarita. Yeah, it’s different, but it’s autumn, after all. Mix equal amounts of tequila, apple schnapps, apple juice and half that amount of sour mix into your shaker or blender. Instead of using salt on the rim of your glass, make it a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Garnish with a green apple wedge.

Okay, so who else is ready for a drink? Share your favorite beach drink recipe below.