The Most Refreshing Cocktails to Sip at the Beach

Beach season is here! Soon you will have your toes in the sand and a cold drink in your hand. If you're looking for some absolutely delicious cocktails for your Emerald Isle beach vacation—we have them right here. Tropical, refreshing and the perfect way to end your beach day as you relax on the deck of your Emerald Isle vacation rental. Enjoy the views while you sip on one of these fabulous concoctions. Grab your favorite glass and get ready for a taste of tropical bliss.

Summer Sangria with Watermelon & Pineapple

This easy and refreshing summer sangria with watermelon and pineapple is a fun twist on sangria that utilizes fresh summer produce (so check out the local Crystal Coast farmers markets during your beach vacay). This sangria is made with just a few ingredients (including the fruit) and there are no simple syrups involved. Just wine, brandy, fruit, and some soda for fizz. So what is the best wine for this sangria recipe? Moscato. It pairs really nicely with the watermelon and acidic pineapple. It’s also sweet enough that you can skip adding additional sweeteners to it. You can use pre-cut pineapple spears and watermelon to throw this drink together in a flash. Delish!

Raspberry Gin Rickey

The classic drink, the Gin Rickey, gets a summer spin with the addition of fresh raspberries in this quick and easy 2-step cocktail. You start with making a simple syrup on the stovetop. Then while you let that cool, you muddle 2 raspberries in the bottom of each glass. Add in lime juice, the reserved simple syrup, and gin to each glass. Fill each with ice and top with seltzer. It's that easy. Garnish with lime slices and more raspberries for a beautifully light and refreshing adult beverage. Follow the link above for the complete Raspberry Gin Rickey recipe from Country Living. Enjoy!

Peach Melba Mimosas

This light, fresh cocktail is filled with sweet berries, peaches, and just enough bubbly to feel festive. You'll use frozen raspberries and peaches that are then thawed and blended into puree, a little sugar and lemon juice, plus half a pint of fresh raspberries for garnish. The drink is finished with champagne or sparkling wine, whichever you prefer, and ready to serve. All you really need for this recipe is a blender and some glasses. You'll definitely want to try this pretty in pink drink. Cheers!

Guilt-Free Margaritas

This drink skips sugary triple sec, instead gaining its flavor from fresh lime juice, agave syrup, orange zest, and mint—for a savings of 80 calories per cocktail. So you can enjoy the indulges of a beach vacation without the extra calories. What's not to love about that? You'll need a lot of limes, your favorite tequila, and some agave syrup (found in most grocery stores). Finish it all off with some strips of orange zest, fresh mint leaves, and a sea-salt rimmed glass. All of the taste of a fresh margarita without any of the guilt. And oh so refreshing after a day spent on the beach. 

Strawberry-Basil Bourbon Lemonade

What's more refreshing than a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day? This! Fresh, sweet strawberries and fragrant basil make this simple cocktail taste like summertime in a glass. This drink starts with a fresh strawberry puree that's transformed into a flavor-packed strawberry simple syrup then combined with bourbon, water, lemon bitters and some basil. It's then strained, garnished with a basil sprig, and served for your sipping pleasure. You'll love the combination of strawberry and basil in this lemonade for adults only. 

Island Breeze Cocktail

An Island Breeze is a cocktail made with vodka, pineapple juice, and cranberry—and is a tasty tropical summer drink recipe. It's a vodka cocktail mixed with pineapple juice and a splash of cranberry with the perfect amount of sweet and tart flavor. It goes down like juice, which can be a bad thing on a hot day at the beach. Or a good thing, depending on how you look at it. Garnish it with a cherry and pineapple wedge (or even a slice of lime) and you’ve got a gorgeous cocktail. Or, make this as a punch for a party—mix vodka, pineapple juice, and cranberry with some soda to make a delicious punch. You could even leave out the vodka and let the adults add it themselves. The kids will love a Virgin Island Breeze!

Blueberry Mojito

Cool off this summer with sweet blueberries, tart limes, and a refreshing splash of rum.  This cocktail will sweep you away like a cool island breeze and is perfect for lazy summer afternoons. The sweetness of the blueberries pairs perfectly with the tartness of the limes. This recipe makes 2 blueberry mojitos, but you might want to double it because they go down easy! Local blueberries are pretty easy to come by in the summertime both in the farmers markets and supermarkets, so if you find yourself with an abundance of blueberries, go ahead and try this mojito. All you need are some fresh blueberries, your favorite rum, fresh mint leaves, sugar, lime and club soda. It's beautiful to look at and even more delicious to drink. 

Sweet Tea Sangria

You're in the south so sweet tea is a staple here! This recipe starts off with a classic southern sweet tea as its base and then is transformed into a lovely and refreshing adult beverage. Sweet Tea Sangria is one of those recipes that is so easy to make yet so good that you’ll be making it again and again! Perfect for summer barbecues or after a long day on the beach. This sweet tea sangria recipe will quickly become of of your favorites, especially if you're already a sweet tea lover. Whenever you have some fresh summer fruit lying around, whip up a quick batch of sweet tea and mix it with a bottle of white wine. Toss in your fruit then let it sit a few hours before enjoying. Or just garnish it with a slice of lemon.

So the question is: Which one of these refreshing beach cocktails are you going to try first? We want to know. Cheers to the beach!

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