Top Flavors for Your Winter Beach Party
Just because it's the middle of winter doesn't mean you can't still throw a beach party. Whether it's 75 degrees out or 25, you can invite your friends to bring over a few coolers and grills and have yourselves a beachfront bash. Not only do you not have to worry about the crowds that you get in the summer, a winter beach party lets you enjoy some of your favorite parts of both times of year.
Of course, one aspect of your winter get-together has to be an array of frozen cocktails. Here are a few of the best flavors to use for your unseasonable beach party this year.
This popular winter fruit is perfectly at home in your margarita machine. Whether you're using its juice for a tart punch or its seeds for added texture and color, pomegranates are a perfect ingredient for a beach party. Make sure you have a few on stand-by at your makeshift beach bar.
If it's a bit chillier than your normal beach day, people will be happy to see a little chocolate in their glasses. Try using topping a cocktail with chocolate sauce or make a candy bar-inspired drink using chocolate liqueur. It's the perfect way to sweeten up a drink on a cool day.
Even though it's winter, you're still at the beach. Get into the tropical frame of mind with some delicious pineapple flavor. Use pineapple juice, pineapple wedges and even pineapple-flavored liquor in your frozen concoction maker while you're whipping up drinks. It's sweet and tangy flavor will take everyone at your party to a tropical island in their minds.
In addition to pineapple, one of the most exciting tropical flavors is coconut. It's both tasty and a great flavor for cocktails. Sweet and creamy, coconut helps mask the burn of rum and enhances the whole drink. Try using cream of coconut as an ingredient, adding shredded coconut to glass rims or even using a coconut shell as a fun novelty cup.
While tequila and rum are thought of as tropical, summer liquors based on their origins and the drinks they're typically used in, many people view bourbon, scotch and other whiskeys as cold weather alcohol. Use these dark liquors as the base for tropical drinks at your party. For example, switch out tequila for whiskey in a variation of the margarita. Combine whiskey, extra lime juice, simple syrup, and a splash of citrus liquor for a strong beach-inspired drink.
Your fellow Parrotheads at Margaritaville Cargo remind you to enjoy your frozen concoctions responsibly and obey all drinking laws.