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16 Mar

Beachside Cocktail Recipes

Posted by Bikini Owner

The next time you have a free day, try one of these summer cocktails.

By Jessica Vozel

If you’re lucky, this summer you’ll have at least one of those rare and beautiful days where you wake up with no plans and no obligations—just a long, blissful day stretched out ahead of you. Here’s one way to spend it: gather friends, stock up on spirits and relax with a day of delicious cocktails.  Just be sure to fill your glass with water every once in a while!

Morning:  Grapefruit Mimosa

We know. Mimosas are a mother-in-law’s drink. But this simple, energizing spin on the traditional OJ version offers a bit of pink pizazz. This recipe is enough to serve four to six.  Pour it into champagne flutes with a fresh fruit garnish.


  • 8 large, red grapefruits
  • 1 bottle of chilled champagne


  1. Using a handheld juicer—or, in a pinch, your thumb—juice the grapefruits into a large pitcher.
  2. Add in the champagne, as much or as little as you’d like.

Afternoon, sunny:  Traditional Mai-Tai

This retro, tiki-bar favorite is still the perfect refined cocktail for a bright, idle afternoon spent poolside (think Don Draper in Polynesia). This recipe comes from the original “Trader Vic” combo, first put together by Victor Bergeron, Jr. in 1944.  Some of these ingredients may be hard to procure, but the search is worth it. 


  • 2 ounces rum
  • 3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce orange curacao (this can be tough to find, but if you’re planning ahead, you can buy curacao online or substitute with Triple Sec in a pinch.)
  • 1/4 ounce rich simple syrup, also known as rock candy syrup (you can make your own)
  • 1/4 ounce orgeat (you can make this, too)
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 mint sprig, for garnish


Combine all ingredients except the mint sprig in a cocktail shaker. Shake. Pour the contents into a double Old-Fashioned glass and garnish with a wedge of lime and a sprig of mint.  

Afternoon, cloudy:  Dark and Stormy

If the sun slides behind a storm cloud, this is your contingency plan. Gather inside for a game of Gin Rummy and this classic Jamaican rum drink, which is also a nice break from sweet and fruity drinks. Many sources agree that Gosling’s rum and Barrit’s ginger beer are must-haves for this cocktail.



Put ice into a highball glass. Add rum to ice, then add ginger beer. Serve.

Evening: Lemon Basil Martini

Before dinner—while you grill up a juicy cedar-plank salmon, say—serve this refreshing, herb-infused martini.


  • 1 to 1.5 oz of Vodka
  • ½ oz. Simple Syrup
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Handful fresh basil leaves


Muddle basil leaves. Put leaves in martini shaker along with vodka, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Add ice. Shake, pour and serve in a martini glass.

Late night:  Southern Blues

As the stars pop out overhead, put on some sultry blues music or commission a guitar-strumming friend, watch the fire’s embers burn out and end the night on a perfect note with one last shot.


  • ½ oz. peach liqueur
  • ½ oz. blueberry Schnapps


Add ingredients in a shaker, with ice. Strain into a shot glass and serve.