You may not be able to go anywhere right now, least of all to a fun-in-the-sun Spring Break destination, but that doesn't mean you can't at least enjoy a few Spring Break cocktails while you're sitting at home.
We found a few cocktails you can make at home to help you feel like you're on Spring Break. Our goal was to avoid the complicated umbrella drinks that call for little-known liqueurs that require a special trip to the liquor store.
Depending on which state you live in, you should be able to buy most of these ingredients at your local grocery store.
Here are five at-home cocktails you can make in the comfort of your own home. So put on your favorite swimsuit or Aloha shirt, beam a beach webcam to your TV, and enjoy your cocktails.
Daiquiris and Margaritas
There are a number of ways you can make daiquiris (rum-based drinks) and margaritas (tequila-based drinks). You can make simple, original recipes, like a lime daiquiri, which is just rum, lime juice, and simple syrup.* You can also make a classic margarita with tequila, triple-sec, and lime juice. In both cases, just mix them in a shaker, and serve them in a cocktail glass over some ice.
You can get a little more colorful with your margaritas and daiquiris by buying some pre-made mix at the grocery store. Just add tequila or rum, the mix, and some ice, blend it in the blender, and you've got yourself a frozen party.
But if you want to get really creative, you can make a banana daiquiri by blending 2 large bananas, a cup of coconut milk, 1 juiced lime, a cup of sugar, 6 cups of ice, and 4 ounces of white (clear) rum. (Be careful! This makes four drinks; halve the recipe if you only want two.)
You can do the same with a classic frozen margarita: 1 cup of lime juice, 1/2 cup of triple sec, 2 tablespoons of agave syrup or simple syrup, 6 cups of ice, and 8 ounces of tequila. Blend it until it's like a slushy and serve. (This is also a four-drink recipe.)
* Simple syrup is a basic ingredient of many cocktails and even iced tea. Mix a cup of sugar into a cup of water, bring it to a boil, and stir it until the sugar has completely dissolved. Let it cool, and then refrigerate it.
While a mimosa may typically be a Sunday brunch drink — many brunch spots will serve bottomless mimosas — it's a refreshing drink that, according to legend, was invented by Alfred Hitchcock. But it's more likely that it was invented by a bartender at the Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1925.
You typically make a mimosa with equal parts champagne and chilled citrus juice, usually orange juice, but you can also make it with grapefruit juice. For a real treat, juice a several red grapefruits or oranges, chill the juice for a couple hours, and then add an equal amount of prosecco, champagne, or sparkling white wine.
A favorite drink of Ernest Hemingway's when he lived in Cuba and Florida, a classic mojito doesn't have a lot of fancy fruit juices or anything.
According to AllRecipes.com, drop 10 fresh mint leaves and a lime wedge into a sturdy glass and then use a muddler to crush the mint and lime. (If you don't have a muddler, use the handle-end of a wooden spoon.) Drop in 2 more lime wedges, 2 tablespoons of white sugar or simple syrup, and then fill the glass with ice. Next pour in 1.5 ounces of white rum and fill it the rest of the way with carbonated water or soda water.
Another recipe, this time from the Dole Pineapple company, says to mix the ingredients above (leave out the soda water, add 3/4 ounce of pineapple juice instead) in a shaker with ice. Pour it into a glass, and then add soda water.
Sex on the Beach
It's just not Spring Break without a little Sex on the Beach. Er, the drink, not the — never mind.
This one is a little more complicated and might need a trip to the liquor store. Fill a shaker with ice, and then add in 1.5 ounces of vodka, 1/2 ounce Creme de Cassis (a sweet liqueur made from black currants), 1/2 ounce peach schnapps, 1/2 ounce orange juice, 1/2 ounce cranberry juice.
Shake the entire mixture and strain it into a glass filled with fresh ice. Pick up a few paper umbrellas from the liquor store while you're there, and stick one into an orange wedge placed on the rim of the glass.
_____ & _____
This one can be anything: Rum & Coke (also called a Cuba Libre), gin & tonic, vodka & cranberry, rum & lemonade. Basically, if you order any "[LIQUOR] and [SOFT DRINK]," it's suitable for a Spring Break beverage.
Pour two ounces of your favorite liquor into a highball glass or cocktail glass filled with ice. Then, pour in your other ingredient, usually about 3 – 4 ounces. Squeeze in a couple lime wedges and drop them into the drink.
Okay, it's not really a recipe, but for some of us, there's nothing better than a cold beer on a warm spring day. It's time to put away all the stouts and porters you might have enjoyed over the winter and break out the lighter lagers, pilsners, hefeweizens, and blondes. (Blondes are a Belgian beer that are very light and with a crisp, citrus flavor; Blue Moon beer is a blonde.)
If you're not a beer fan, then try a Lindeman's lambic (lam-BEEK). A lambic is also a Belgian beer, but it's fruit-flavored. You might like a framboise (raspberry), kriek (cherry), pêche (peach), and pomme (apple). And if that won't work for you — they're a bit pricey, but totally worth it — try a Schöferhoffer grapefruit beer from Germany. All of these beers are very sweet and refreshing on a warm day, so they'll certainly put you in a mind for spring.
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