It's Beach Cocktail Time
Do you have some leftover vodka, rum, or are you wondering what to do with that tequila you bought in Tulum? Cocktails have made a big comeback in the last few years, even bartenders are taking the MasterChef approach of making them by applying modern technology, like evaporators and smoking techniques, as well as making syrups and infusions to create flavors that have rarely been tasted before. Did you know that there are cocktails made from fermented kefirs and kombuchas?
Glass Straws, Bamboo, Frozen Gin...?
There is also an interesting new trend of using bamboo, paper or glass straws instead of plastic straws when drinking cocktails. We are starting to see drinks like frozen gin and tonics, as well as frozen rosé wine called frosé. Another drink that is likely to make a comeback in the near future is the German vermouth known as Belsazar, which is served with tonic. With all of the selection in modern drink recipes we wanted to take you through the best cocktails to keep top of mind. Mix them up at your next beach party, or order one of your favorites from the resort bar, and sound like a Tulum natural.
You can never go wrong with the classics. We recommend a more aged tequila to get that extra refreshing bite.
- 1.5 oz Tequila
- .75 oz. Triple Sec or Cointreau
- .75 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- Chilled Tequila glass dipped in lime juice and then in margarita salt
Shake ingredients with ice, then strain into the glass add ice, and garnish with a lime wedge.
If you love pineapples, then this refreshing cocktail will go down like a cold drink on a hot day. You can thank the Sunshine State, Florida for this one because that’s where it was first mixed.
- 2 oz. white rum
- .5 oz. French vermouth
- 1 oz. pineapple juice
- A dash grenadine
Shake ingredients well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a wedge of pineapple.
Mango Raspberry Mimosa
The most popular fruit in the Mexican diet are mangos plus if you live in the southern part of the state of Florida in the United States, then you are in for a treat because this area has an excellent climate for great varieties of mangos which you can use to make this sweet and refreshing cocktail.
- Chilled sparkling wine, Rosé or prosecco champagne
- One ripe mango
- 1 ½ tablespoon of granulated sugar – add to your desired level of sweetness
- Chambord or raspberry liqueur
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- ¾ mango puree
Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth then refrigerate for a few hours. When ready to serve, put 3-tbsp of the mango puree into chilled champagne flute glasses then slowly pour in the ¾ part champagne and lastly add ¼ to a ½ ounce of Chambord. Garnish with skewered raspberries in toothpicks and serve.
For this refreshing tropical summer cocktail, find the most organic and fresh strawberries you can get your hands on and pick up extra mint for garnishing. Bonus feature - mint contains an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent known to relieve pain and discomfort from gas and bloating, which is an added perk if you are going to be having more than one glass of this delicious fizzy, minty, and strawberry-sweet cocktail.
- 1 ½ cup Mint simple syrup
- ½ cup of water
- 4 Fresh strawberries
- 5-8 leaves of whole Mint
- Squeezed lime juice
- 2 oz. White Rum
- Crushed Ice
- Club Soda
In a 16 oz pitcher or highball glass, place the cut lime wedges, mint leaves, and 3-quartered strawberries. Pour in the simple syrup and use a muddler to mush the mixture for about 30 seconds to allow the mint and lime to release their oils. Add the rum to the muddled mix, then add crushed ice and when ready to serve, top off with club soda, garnish with a lime wedge, sliced strawberry, mint stem and serve with a long spoon to help dig out the strawberry bits.
The Paloma Picante Cocktail
Re-creating at home that deliciously, salty variation of tequila cocktail that you sampled at your favorite Tulum, Mexican dive bar is easy. Blanco tequila also goes well with fish, shellfish as well as Reposado for red meats and duck so, you can make an exciting night out of it by tossing some tequila-laced shrimp onto fresh corn tortillas for a savory snack to pair with the Paloma Picante cocktail.
If you are not planning on throwing back an entire bottle of tequila in one night, it’s a good idea to store the rest anywhere that's not in direct sunlight. Why? You want a high-quality tequila at room temperature so that the flavor doesn’t suffer and you can get to sample all the aromas and components it’s made of.
- 2 oz. El Mayor Blanco tequila
- 1 oz. habanero nectar
- 5 oz. grapefruit soda
- 4 cubes ruby red grapefruit
- Mexican chili-lime seasoning salt
- 1 Lime wedge for garnish
Muddle the grapefruit soda in a highball glass and shake. Add the rest of the ingredients and crushed ice, and then top with a splash of grapefruit soda. Strain into a rocks glass rimmed with the chili-lime salt, add ice, garnish with a lime wedge or habanero pepper and serve.
A cocktail party is not complete without a befitting dress code to match the occasion. You can never go wrong with a long maxi dress, boho chic crochet tops, and it wouldn’t hurt to throw on that sexy swimwear bikini that you bought during your last trip to Tulum, Mexico. After all, half of the mentioned cocktails you will be making will be from the Tequila you bought from Tulum, right? Enjoy!
There are some awesome drinks that fall in the honorable mention category. From the classic Bloody Mary to whiskey sours, or espresso martinis, which are really good for those relaxed Saturday nights, there is always that one cocktail that’s perfect to deploy for all occasions. If you are an amateur cocktail connoisseur and feeling a little more adventurous, consider these a new classy beach drink for your upcoming summer bash.