The hot beach and a cool beverage go together like peas and carrots or cheeseburgers and French fries. Whether you’re digging your toes in the sand, or plowing through the daily grind, squirt a shot of nostalgia to your living room couch with a beach drink. These thirst quenching or mind-altering beverages are the best beach drinks to help you get a taste of world flavor and pass a fun-in-the-sun type of day.
For those who love hydration, coconut water is the optimal beach beverage. Known as “Mother Nature’s Sport Drink” coconut water fuels the body with high servings of potassium, electrolytes and natural sugar. Many Asian and Caribbean beaches have coconut stands where locals tap the top and you sip from the straw. It’s refreshing, cool and does the body good compared to it’s artificial counterpart, Gatorade.
No summer, or beach, getaway is complete without a Mai Tai. Recipes greatly vary, but the original Polynesian cocktails stirs up rum, orange, curacao, orgeat syrup, and lime. Thanks to Elvis, the drink’s popularity boosted in numbers when this tiki cocktail featured in his movie Blue Hawaii.
Popular in songs and at resorts, Pina Coladas dominate the summertime flavor. The Pina Colada originated in Puerto Rico, thus the staple drink for San Juan pools and resorts. Pineapple, coconut and rum are fused together to create a lip-smacking good time.
Created in Italy, the life handed southern Italy lemons, and the locals made limoncello. This drink includes lemon peels soaked in grain alcohol combined with sugar to make it smooth and sweet. This “digestive” is served in a shot glass, this drink is meant to be savored and sipped slowly like tequila. Order over ice or with tonic water to make the moment last.
Legend has it someone invented this drink between the borders of Texas and Tijuana. Whoever created the tequila, Cointreau and lime juice drink rimmed with salt, people and the beach love it. Some like it slushy, some like it smooth, the taste and texture is up to your palate.
For those who love the Massachusetts shoreline, take a sip of the cod, with this notorious vodka and cranberry drink. Cranberry farms thrive on the east coast, so whether you say “Cape Codder” or “vodka cran” it all has the same taste and flavor. For those who feel special drinking from a martini glass, try a cosmopolitan.
Created in Cuba, nothing soothes the smoke from a Cuban cigar better than a rum, lime and sugar beverage. Supposedly the first daiquiris were created for American engineers whose rum and gin ran dry. sugarcane juice and originated in Brazil. Variations are found throughout beach resorts and gained popularity in the states this millennia. Found on the streets, vendors and cafes in Brazil, this is one beverage beach goers must experience.
For those who do not enjoy the sweeter side of life, take a sip on the hoppy side. Life be jammin’ man with a Red Stripe beer while infusing the atmosphere with reggae and Jamaican tunes. For those who prefer the Mexican-beach theme, grab a Corona and lime, and maybe some chips and salsa, to soak up the beer munchies. The states are widely popular with coastal brewing companies to savor ubiquitous flavors and secret local recipes.