12 Vacation-Inspired Cocktails You Can Make At Home

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Here’s hoping that normal travel resumes sooner rather than later. Until then, what better way to make it feel like you’re on a tropical trip than with an equally tropical cocktail? We asked top resorts across the globe to share their most popular drink patrons sip while lounging on the beach or by the pool. And the best part? These vacation-inspired cocktails can be easily recreated at home. Just add the teeny-tiny umbrella, put on some beach music, and sip your way to the ultimate staycation.

*some recipes have been adapted for editorial purposes.

Vacation-Inspired Cocktails

vacation-inspired cocktails
c/o Resorts of Bimini

Goombay Smash

Courtesy of Resorts World Bimini, Bahamas

Ingredients:

  • .5 oz White Rum
  • .5 oz Myers’s Dark Rum
  • .5 oz Apricot Brandy
  • 1 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake over ice. Pour into a large cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange wedge and a Maraschino cherry.

vacation-inspired cocktails
c/o Loews Miami Beach

Aperol Fresca

Courtesy of Loews Miami Beach

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Aperol
  • 1 oz guava juice
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • Prosecco splash

Instructions:

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Pour over glass filled with crushed ice and top with splash of Prosecco. Garnish with an orange peel (and edible orchid, if you can find it).

vacation-inspired cocktails
Rosewood Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda, BVI

Mango Sangria

Courtesy of Rosewood Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda, BVI

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz mango puree
  • .6 oz gin of choice
  • .6 oz Grand Marnier
  • 4 oz white wine of choice
  • Garnish: Mango and dry orange

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Pour into glass with ice and garnish with a piece of mango.

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vacation-inspired cocktails
c/o Surf & Sand Resort

La Bonne Vie

Courtesy of Surf & Sand Resort, Laguna Beach, CA

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • .5 oz St. Germaine
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • Splash of champagne

Instructions:

Combine vodka, St. Germaine, and grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Top with a splash of champagne.

vacation-inspired cocktails
c/o The Shore Club

Island Banana Daquiri

Courtesy of The Shore Club, Turks & Caicos

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. of Rum
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 large banana, sliced

Instructions:

Add the banana, coconut milk, lime juice, sugar, 3 cups of ice, and rum into a blender. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute, then pour into glass. Recipe makes two drinks.

vacation-inspired cocktails
c/o Condado Vanderbilt

Island Time Lower East Side

courtesy of the Condado Vanderbilt, Puerto Rico

Ingredients:

  • 4 pineapple chunks, muddled
  • 1 cilantro sprig
  • 3 cucumber slices
  • .75 oz lime juice
  • .5 oz simple syrup
  • 2 oz rum

Instructions:

Add the pineapple chunks, cucumber, and cilantro sprig into a shaker, along with the lime juice and simple syrup, and muddle together. Pour in the rum, add ice, and shake vigorously. Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass over a square ice block. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a cilantro sprig.

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vacation-inspired cocktails
c/o The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park

Strawberry Orchid

Courtesy of The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park, El Paso, TX

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz blanco tequila
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • .5 oz agave nectar
  • 1 oz strawberry purée
  • 2 dashes balsamic vinegar
  • 10 mint leaves

Instructions: Muddle the mint. Combine tequila, lime juice, agave and mint muddle in shaker. Add strawberry purée and balsamic vinegar, shake with ice, then strain into a glass with ice.

vacation-inspired cocktails
c/o Terranea Resort

Spicy Fig Margarita

Courtesy of Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • .5 oz agave syrup
  • 4-5 Muddled Figs

Instructions:

Muddle figs and combine other ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and double strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a fig skewer.

vacation-inspired cocktails
c/o Andres Seitour for Banyan Tree Cabo Marques

Pineapple Mezcalita

Courtesy of Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués, Acapulco, Mexico

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz mezcal
  • .5 oz Ancho Reyes
  • .5 oz agave syrup
  • .5 oz lemon juice
  • 3 oz pineapple juice

Instructions: 

Add all of the ingredients in a shaker with ice; shake well, then pour into a cocktail glass.

vacation-inspired cocktails
c/o Cayo Espanto

Espanto Wave

Courtesy of Cayo Espanto, Belize

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Captain Morgan Rum
  • .5 oz Blue Curacao Liquor
  • .3 oz Amaretto
  • .5 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 oz pineapple purée
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Instructions:

Blend all the ingredients in a blender with ice until smooth and frozen. Pour into a large glass.

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vacation-inspired cocktails
c/o L’Auberge de Sedona

Vortex Therapy Cocktail

Courtesy of L’Auberge de Sedona, Sedona, AZ

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz turmeric vodka
  • 1.5 oz passion fruit pureé
  • .75 oz lemon juice
  • .5 oz agave nectar

Instructions:

Add ingredients to shaker. Shake and strain into a highball filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon slice dipped in paprika.

vacation-inspired cocktails
c/o Ocean Club

Ginger Lemonade Mocktail

Courtesy of Ocean Club, Turks & Caicos

Ingredients:

  • 1 piece, about 10 cm, of ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup of lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup of maple syrup
  • 6 cup of water
  • 2 lemons cut into slices for garnish

Instructions:

Craving vacation-inspired cocktails sans the alcohol? This refreshing ginger lemonade will hit the spot.

Place the ginger in a food processor or blender. Pour in fresh lemon juice and process until smooth. Add water and maple syrup. Mix well. Strain out ginger pulp. Serve in glasses filled with ice; makes several drinks. (Add rum to taste if you prefer a cocktail.)

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