June is the real start of summer and what better way to begin your vacation than with a delicious cocktail! We have four classic summery drinks and will show how to match with your wardrobe.
The piña colada, which means "strained pineapple" is a classic beach drink, but did you know it's origin dates back to the 19th century? Legend has it that Puerto Rican pirate, Roberto CofresÍ, gave his crew a cocktail to boost their moral, which contained coconut, pineapple, and white rum. The recipe was lost after his death. It wasn't until 1954 when a Puerto Rican bartender, Ramon "Monchito" Marreo, experimented with ingredients at the Caribe Hilton for 35 years until it finally became the national drink! It's so easy to dress for your drink since pineapples are a huge trend this summer!
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Sex on the Beach
The origin of this cocktail really begins with one of the ingredients, peach schnapps. In the Autumn of 1987 in Florida, there was a contest to win $1,000 to the bartender who could sell the most peach schnapps to get ready for the Spring tourists coming for Spring Break. A young man named Ted created the concoction with vodka, orange juice and grenadine. It was a hit! When asked what it was called, he thought of the only reasons people come to Florida for Spring break, the beach and well, sex. So he called it "Sex on the Beach"! After that Spring, there have been many variations of the drink.
A light, refreshing cocktail that has many legends as to how it was created in Cuba. One of the earliest dates to 1586 when Sir Francis Duke, a sailor, and his men had an epidemic of scurvy. South American Indians had tropical medicines that consisted of aguardiente de caña, "burning water", a crude form of rum made from sugar cane that was mixed with local tropical ingredients: lime, sugarcane juice, and mint. There are many other stories, one of which the African slaves who worked on Cuban sugar cane fields during the 19th century created it, but originally did not contain lime juice.
However it came to be, we are glad it did!
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Prickly Pear Margarita
You simply can't go wrong with a margarita during the heat of the summer. To add a little twist, shake with some prickly pear puree! It has a touch of sweet and make that drink go down even smoother. The margarita also has many origin stories, but Dallas socialite Margarita Sames' story is my favorite. She created the drink for her guests in her Acapulco vacation home in 1948 with tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice. Rumor was that Tommy Hilton was at the party and started the drink at his chains restaurants afterwards, but Jose Cuervo had already started ad campaigns for the margarita three years prior. However it came to be, it is one of the most popular drinks.
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We hope you enjoyed reading and found some yummy drinks to try! Share with us your beach attire and refreshments in hand. Have fun and be safe this summer!