Spring break drinks to brighten up your day

By Ashley Berger

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Are you dreaming of the sun, the sand and a drink in your hand but can’t quite afford to get away from the bitter cold of Massachusetts? Follow these simple instructions to whip up a few cocktails, which, if you drink enough of them and close your eyes, transport you to a warm beach with a cool breeze.

Blue Hawaiian

Want to escape to that place wear it’s always a lazy summer day? Mix one ounce of light rum, two ounces of pineapple juice, one ounce of blue Curacao, and one ounce of crème de coconut to create this fruity concoction that will make you feel like you’re laying on a beach watching surfers in Oahu.

Pina Colada

If we could all be Jimmy Buffett, we would all always be on vacation. Since we’re not, sipping Piña Coladas will have to do. Especially because the New England weather forecast always predicts the chance that we could “be getting caught in the rain.” Grab a blender and blend three ounces of light rum with coconut milk, crushed pineapple, and ice. Garnish with cherries and crank up the Jimmy Buffett to drown away sorrows in rum instead of rain.

Sex on the Beach

Feeling a little risky? Or craving the stereotypical MTV Spring Break? Sex on the Beach is the perfect drink for you and that special or random someone. Mix one and a half ounces of vodka, three quarters of an ounce of peach schnapps, a half ounce of crème de cassis, some orange juice and some cranberry. Serve ice cold with oranges and cherries.

Bay Breeze

Dreaming of lying in the sand with the perfect chill coming off the ocean to cool you down? For the easiest and cheapest recipe in the list, mix one and a half ounces of plain vodka, fill the glass with grapefruit juice, and top with cranberry juice. Serve over ice for the perfect chill.

Hurricane

Not all tropical drinks can have a nice name, and this one comes with the storm warning that too many Hurricanes are sure to make you feel like you got hit by one the next morning. Mix two ounces of white rum and two ounces of dark rum. Combine with passion fruit juice, pineapple juice, orange juice and grenadine.

Lava Flow

Grab the blender again to concoct this drink. Blend one banana with coconut cream and pineapple juice. In the serving glass, mix one ounce of light rum and one ounce of Malibu coconut and strawberries. Pour in the blended mix and watch as the alcohol rises and mixes slowly, like a lava flow.

Bahama Mama #1 and #2

Named after another tropical destination, these two variations with the same name provide for a delicious double-whammy. For the first recipe, mix a quarter of an ounce of coffee liquor, a half ounce of dark rum, a half ounce of coconut liquor, a quarter ounce of 151 proof rum, lemon juice, and pineapple juice. A more watered down version of #1, Bahama Mama #2 requires that you combine one and a half ounces of rum with one ounce of coconut rum with lemon juice, orange juice, pineapple juice and grenadine for a sweeter drink.

Boardwalk Breeze

If you wish you were with the cast of the Jersey Shore this Spring Break, check out this drink. Mix one and a half ounces of Malibu coconut rum and one and a half ounces of amaretto almond liquor. Add orange juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine and proceed to GTL.

Jamaican Sunrise

If you dream about spending long nights on a warm beach, try Jamaican Sunrise. Mix two ounces of vodka, two ounces of peach schnapps and orange juice. Top with cranberry juice to create a drink that looks like a sunrise.

Tijuana Taxi

Closing out the list is another drink named after a notorious Spring Break destination. Mix two ounces of gold tequila, one ounce of Blue Curacao liquor, an ounce of tropical fruit schnapps and finish with Sprite or Fresca. Beware, though, if you drink one too many of these, you might need to take a taxi home.

Ashley Berger can be reached at [email protected]