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Tropical Drinks: How to Make Them at Home

Tropical drinks traditionally conjure images of islands, beaches, tiki bars, and endless hours in the sun. But when you are stuck at home you can still bring a bit of the islands to you. Therefore we created this list of summer cocktails that guarantee to make you feel like you are in the tropics. Of course you provide the pool and beach wear!

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Tropical Drinks: #1 Island Lemonade

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Island Lemonade

Certainly, this tropical drink guarantees to quench your thirst even on the hottest day. However, just be sure not to drink it too fast! For best results make your own sour mix using fresh lemons and limes and homemade simple syrup. But if you lack the time to do this you can use lemonade or buy sour mix at the grocery store or click on the sponsored links.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
  • 2 oz. Sour Mix
  • 3-4 oz. 7-up or Sprite

Directions

  1. First, pour all liquids except 7up into an ice filled highball glass. After that, stir well.
  2. Then top with 7up and stir. Garnish with a lemon wedge. (optional)

Simple Syrup

To make simple syrup first boil one cup of water. Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups of sugar until dissolved. It can be stored indefinitely in a glass jar in your refrigerator. Depending on what you like to drink you can add ingredients when boiling the water such as mint, ginger, etc. Just make sure you strain the liquid before using.

To sum up, sour mix can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Tropical Drinks: #2 Pirate’s Bounty

Shows two orange tropical drinks with cherry garnish
Pirate’s Bounty

In addition, this drink will transport you to a deserted island. We created it to both refresh and inspire.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Fill a cocktail glass with ice.
  2. Further, add first 3 ingredients and stir.
  3. Then top with pineapple juice and stir again.
  4. Finally garnish with cherries or a fresh pineapple wedge.

Tropical Drinks: #3 Bucaneers Revenge

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Bucaneers’ Revenge

On the other hand, this drink is aptly named because it packs a punch. Of course, how much depends on how many jalapenos you include.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Pinnacle Coconut vodka
  • 1/2 oz sour mix
  • tsp. simple syrup
  • fresh sliced jalepeno
  • seltzer

Directions

  1. Start by filling a tall glass with ice.
  2. Then, use a mortar and pestal to crush sliced jalepenos. How many you use depends on the strength of the jalepeno and how spicy you like your drink. For instance, I made the mistake of crushing up 4 slices before I realized the jalepenos I bought were almost the strength of habaneros!
  3. After crushing the jalepenos, place them in the glass. Then drizzle in the simple syrup, then the sour mix.
  4. Next add the vodka.
  5. Finish with seltzer and stir.

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