Picture yourself reclining on a lounge chair, one foot hanging off the side to feel the soft, warm sand on your toes. The sun is bright and the soft breeze is just cool enough to keep you from getting too warm. The smell of your favorite sunscreen mixes with the scent of salt from the nearby ocean, and if you open your eyes, you’re treated to nature’s glitter — the sun reflecting off the water as the tide rolls in.
You take a sip of your fruity, refreshing drink and surrender yourself to paradise.
Okay, so most of us can’t enjoy that feeling all the time — but if you’ve got a few ingredients at the ready and a sunny spot in your yard, you can at least come close. And we’ve got the book that’ll inspire you to do just that.
Beach Cocktails, by the editors of Coastal Living, is more than a book of drink recipes — although it does offer loads of cocktail recipes, both familiar and exotic, as well as non-alcoholic drink options and yummy snacks. It’s a seriously beautiful collection of drinks, images, tips and fun facts about things like the origin of happy hour and how tiki bars became so popular. More than that, though — it’s really pretty inspirational. It’s nearly impossible to flip through the pages without getting the itch to mix up something tasty and refreshing … and finding a few friends to share it with, ideally around a pool or at the closest beach.
Plus? It’s a fun coffee table book to leave out for your pals to peruse.
Want to whip up something fun this weekend? How about a Tequila Sunrise?
- ⅓ cup (about 2½ ounces) fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)
- 3 tablespoons (1½ ounces) silver tequila
- 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) grenadine
- Garnishes: Orange slice, Maraschino Cherry
- Pour the orange juice and tequila over ice in a highball glass; add Grenadine. Do not stir. Garnish, if desired.
What’s the food or drink transports you directly to vacation? I think I’ve gotta go with the pina colada, although on my honeymoon (like, 100 years ago) I got pretty into the Goombay Smash. When in the Bahamas, right? —Kristen