Like a cheeseburger and French fries or peas and carrots, a hot beach and a cool, refreshing beverage go perfectly together. That is why it does not matter whether you’re digging your toes in the sand or enjoying a fun-filled afternoon at the beach with your friends. We are here to list down some of the best mind-altering beverages that you can have at the beach.
Pina Colada – Nothing screams summer and beach like a glass of Pina Colada. This drink originated in Puerto Rico, and it is a slurry that is mainly composed of coconut, pineapple, and rum. This drink had been popular in the Caribbean for at least a hundred years before a bartender at the Caribe Hilton Beachcomber Bar named Ramon Marrero perfected it by using the cream of coconut during the 1950s. Today, Puerto Rico’s signature cocktail is enjoyed by thousands of people all across the globe, but trust us, a glass of Pina Colada tastes best by the beach.
Daiquiri – This refreshing beverage was created in Cuba, and it is mainly composed of sugar, lime, and rum. The first was made for American engineers who ran out of gin and rum, and it is named after a beach located near Santiago, Cuba. Today, a daiquiri is known to Americans for its fruit-frozen form.
Coconut Water – If you like to hydrate yourself but are looking for a sweeter but healthy drink, coconut water is the perfect beach beverage for you. Coconut water is also called “Mother Nature’s SpSportsrink” because it is rich in electrolytes, potassium, as well as natural sugar. That is why you will mostly find coconut stands on several Asian and Caribbean beaches, and you have to tap the top of the coconut and sip from the straw. It’s delicious, refreshing, and contains several health benefits compared to other artificial electrolyte drinks such as Gatorade.
Mai Tai – Your simmer or beach getaway would not be complete if you do not have a glass of Mai Tai. Through the years, recipes of this refreshing drink may significantly vary, but the original Polynesian cocktails require orange, rum, orgeat syrup, curacao, and lime. This drink became extra popular because of Elvis Presley because it featured in his Blue Hawaii movie.
Margarita – Some say that this drink was created for a Texas socialite in Acapulco who was looking for a drink to refresh her party guests, while others say that a bartender in Tijuana mixed it up because he wanted it to impress Rita Hayworth. But, regardless of who created the first margarita, this drink – created with Cointreau, tequila, and lime juice- has become synonymous with Mexico and is one of the most popular and top-selling tequila cocktails in the whole world.
Gin and Tonic – Gin was first mixed with tonic to offset its bitter taste so that the British, who were occupying India during that time, could gulp the stuff as an anti-malarial. Surprisingly, the Brits liked the combination and decided to add a wedge of lime to it until it became one of the mainstay drinks of the tropics. Gin and tonic are best enjoyed while you’re watching the sunset on the beach.
Cape Codder – If you love the Massachusetts shoreline, then you should try taking a sip of cranberry juice mixed with vodka. In honor of the Massachusetts peninsula, this drink was named Cape Codder, where cranberries thrive.
Limoncello – When life gave the farmers in Southern Italy some surplus lemons, they decided to soak its peels in grain alcohol and add sugar to make limoncello. This drink is traditionally consumed after dinner, but it’s gaining ground as a base for cocktails mixed with tonic water or splashed over ice with soda because of its delicious taste. Most people in Italy preferably enjoy limoncello while they are in stunning seaside vistas.
Sangria – This is another go-to beach drink. It is a classic fruity Spanish drink that has chopped fruit and red wine. It is also mixed with other ingredients such as brandy or orange juice.
Spiked Horchata – A horchata is a drink that originates from Mexico and is made from rice. It is already delicious on its own, but you can add some kick into it by mixing it with brandy, rum, or vanilla liqueur.
Mojito – This is another drink that originated in Cuba, and it is considered to be one of the perfect rum cocktails. A mojito is a mixture of lime, rum, sugar, mint, and soda water. It is typically served with ice, making it perfect for bringing whether the sun is up by the beach.
Caipirinha – This is the drink that vendors often serve on the beach. A caipirinha is a Brazilian drink that is made from cachaca, lime, and sugar. This drink has multiple variations because you can mix raspberries, blueberries, passion fruit, strawberries, kiwi, or mango and enjoy the benefits of these fruits with a kick of alcohol.
Now that you know some of the delicious and refreshing drinks that you can try while you’re on the beach, it’s time for you to try them. There’s nothing like digging your toes in the sand, drinking some cocktails while catching up with your friends or loved ones. Trust us, and you will realize that soft sand goes perfectly well with these drinks, and the alcohol will help you loosen up a little and enjoy your day at the beach.