Sweet mixed drinks are a great way to unwind on a warm day. With the addition of fruit juices and flavored liqueurs, simple hard liquors are transformed into delicious, thirst-quenching cocktails. These drinks are sweet, fruity and easy to make. Don't let the taste fool you, though. Cocktails are serious alcoholic beverages, through and through.
Hawaiian Orange Blossom
This drink is a tropical take on the traditional orange blossom cocktail. Combine in a cocktail shaker over ice 2 parts gin, 1 part triple sec, 2 parts orange juice and 1 part pineapple juice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange slice.
Sex on the Beach
Sex on the Beach is equally known for its clever name as well its fruity flavor. Mix together in a cocktail shaker 1 part peach schnapps, 1 part vodka, 2 parts orange juice and 3 parts cranberry juice. Pour into a glass over ice and top with a splash of lemon juice.
Make a big batch of this cocktail and serve it at your next barbecue. Mix together in a pitcher 8 oz. dark rum, 5 oz. pineapple juice, 5 oz. orange juice, 2 oz. grenadine, the juice of 2 lemons and 6 dashes of Angostura bitters. Stir the mixture vigorously until it begins to froth. Pour into glasses over ice.
This sunny cocktail gets its name from the slow mixing of orange juice and grenadine. Pour 2 parts silver tequila over a handful of crushed ice in a tall glass. Fill the glass with orange juice. Mix well with a stirrer. Slowly add 1 part grenadine.
- "1001 Cocktails"; Fran Eames et al; 2009
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