What do you do when the guys plan a trip to New York for a concert, some steak dinners, and a ball game? You plan a trip to Florida with the girls! Florida’s cities have always been known for their incredible nightlife, but ever since the craft cocktail renaissance, the sunshine state’s beach cities have evolved as the go-to destinations for all things food, drink, and dancing. There are all kinds of bars in Florida which we are excited to explore! Some people might question why a couple of beach city-living SoCal ladies are willing to travel 2,733 miles just to sit on another plot of sand. First, our friend and mastermind behind the trip wanted to travel to a domestic location that’s about the same distance away as New York (gotta keep it fair). Key West is the obvious place to start the party as we jump from town to town. Second, Florida’s clean, white sand and clear, warm water is far superior to what we’re used to in the Santa Monica Bay. We love our ocean, but it pales in comparison to what’s in Florida. Finally, there’s no matching the endless options of beach bars, roof top bars, and island bars in the cities across the state.
To prepare for the trip, we’ll be updating our wardrobe with a few new bikinis and a couple fresh pairs of Havaianas, but we’ll also be making these drinks to enjoy at home. They are easy to make and will definitely get you in the mood for a holiday of sun, beach, and cocktails in Florida!
Key West Iced Tea Cocktail ½ ounce vodka ½ ounce dark rum ½ ounce white rum ½ ounce peach schnapps 1 ounce cranberry juice 2 ounces citrus soda Fresh or frozen peach garnish
Directions Fill a martini shaker with ice and combine all of the ingredients except for the soda. Shake well and strain into a highball or pint glass that’s packed with ice. Top with the citrus soda, garnish with a peach, and serve.
Florida Beach Cocktail 1 ounce vodka 1 ounce tequila 1 ounce rum 1 ounce triple sec 1 ounce sweet & sour Splash pomegranate liqueur Splash grenadine Lemon and cherry garnish
Directions Fill a martini shaker with ice and combine all of the ingredients. Shake well and strain into a highball or pint glass that’s loaded with crushed ice. Garnish with a lemon and lime wheel and serve.
Miami Meloni 1 ounce white rum 1 ounce melon liqueur 1 ounce cream
Directions Fill a martini shaker with ice and combine all of the ingredients. Shake well and strain into a martini glass and serve.
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