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Cocktail Hour: 10 international drinks to help you pretend you're on a beach somewhere

By Lara Grant, on

Published in Fashion Daily News

If your family trip to the Caribbean or romantic getaway to Europe's beaches was postponed, we feel your pain. Sitting on a lounger by the ocean, listening to the waves crash is one of the easiest ways for us to relax and recharge. Fortunately, there's one thing that can transport you to a beautiful beach somewhere: a cocktail that perfectly encapsulates its destination. And while you may not have all the ingredients on-hand, online liquor stores like Drizly and Saucey make crafting a cocktail from the comfort of your home easy. For some inspiration, check out these 10 international drinks that will help you pretend you're on a beach somewhere.

Mexico's Favorite Cocktail: Margarita

No matter if you're at a family-friendly all-inclusive resort in Cancun or a luxury adults-only property in Cabo San Lucas, chances are you're going to want one of Mexico's famed margaritas in your hand. While a margarita pairs best with a beach lounger and chips, we think it's also an appropriate addition to any trending Netflix show or backyard grilling. The International Bartenders Association (IBA) lists the standard ingredients for a margarita as 50 ml of tequila - we say splurge on Don Julio Blanco since you aren't spending money on flights - 20 ml of triple sec, and 15 ml of fresh lime juice. If you want to spice things up, thinly slice jalapenos and add them to the cocktail shaker. Pro tip: after rubbing lime around the rim of your glass, dip in chile-lime-flavored salt.

Puerto Rico's Preferred Cocktail: Pina Colada

No cocktail says tropical vacation quite like the frozen pina colada, which originated in Puerto Rico. It's been the island's official drink since 1978, though two places in Old San Juan claim to be its birthplace: The Caribe Hilton Hotel and Barrachina Restaurant. Regardless, the tasty concoction can transport you to its Caribbean beaches as soon as the pineapple-coconut beverage hits your lips. In addition to ice, the classic ingredients consist of white rum (Bacardi is a popular choice), coconut cream, and fresh pineapple, though you can opt for a pre-made pina colada mix (with or without alcohol) to keep it simple. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Bahamas' Best-Loved Cocktail: Bahama Mama


Like an adult-friendly fruit punch, the Bahama Mama cocktail takes several tropical flavors and blends it into one refreshing beverage. The cocktail's origins are a bit contested, but it's largely agreed that it can be traced back to the Bahamas. And with ingredients like coconut rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, grenadine, and dark rum - plus coffee liqueur - it certainly tastes like lounging by the ocean at a resort in the Bahamas. Even if you can't escape to Atlantis for a beach getaway, you can still drink like it.

Cuba's Quintessential Cocktail: Mojito

Alongside cigars, classic cars, and salsa dancing, Cuba is well-known for its refreshing mojito cocktails. Its history is a bit of a mystery, but historians agree that it originated in Cuba in the 1500s. The classic mojito recipe calls for white rum, fresh lime juice, mint sprigs, sugar, and soda water (you'll want to muddle the sugar, mint, and lime before adding the ice, rum, and soda water). While that'll certainly transport you to the streets of Havana, we recommend experimenting with some different flavors - we're partial to raspberry mojitos for a real summer-vacay vibe.

Hawaii's Beloved Cocktail: Mai Tai


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