Beach season is upon us, and whether you're near Venice, Daytona, Cape Cod or Easthampton, we think it's a perfect opportunity to pack a little creativity in your cooler.
Sure, nobody's going to balk at a beery afternoon in the sun, but we like to take a little more of a spirited approach to life, and so we've compiled this list of five great sip-by-the-surf cocktails.
Our only request? Leave the red Solo cup to Toby Keith and go stainless. Disposable is so 20th century.
Nobody does the beach like cariocas, so we think that Rio de Janeiro's signature contribution to the cocktail world, the Caipirinha, deserves our top spot. That said, we like this version, which softens the original's citrus sharpness with a splash of coconut water.View recipe: Leblon Coco Caipirinha
Though the beaches of England tend to be associated in most minds with rain and golf-ball-sized stones that really stretch the definition of "sand," we think gin still deserves a place on this list. Start with some Beefeater 24, add a little maraschino liqueur and pile on the citrus. Its poetic name is enough to counterbalance whatever paperback is in your beach bag.View recipe: The Shifting Sands
Though the tiki revival might have peaked a few years back, this is one of the timeless elements it left behind. The key to the faux-Polynesian concoction (invented in the 1940s by "Trader Vic" Bergeron) is premium aged rum.View recipe: Traditional Mai Tai
The name might bring the more shipwreck-y qualities of maritime life to mind, but we think this Caribbean classic deserves a place in any beachcomber's cocktail repertoire. Consider it one of those inverted good luck charms, like telling an actor to "break a leg." The weather's going to be amazing, and Gosling's Rum, ginger beer and lime perfectly complement a mild sunburn.View Recipe: Dark 'n Stormy
There are a shocking number of beaches in this country that forbid the consumption of alcohol. That darned Puritan streak, we guess. But if you're unfortunate enough to be on one of them, you can still show off your mixology skills. This citrus-and-cilantro cooler will soothe the sun's burn and titillate your guests.View recipe: Virgin Ad Lib
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