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How to Beat the Winter Blues with These Colorful Drinks

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The winter can be a bleak and colorless time. With trees dormant, skies gray and snow blanketing large parts of the U.S., the outside world can become bland and plain. However, you can fight back at this drab palate by concocting some colorful and delicious tropical cocktails. Try out these bright and cheerful drinks this winter in your margarita maker

Miami Vice  
If you live in the North or are battered by winter weather and cold temperatures, it's not a bad idea to think about Miami. This drink is filled with tropical ingredients and has a lively pink hue that will get you out of your winter slump. Try this recipe in your frozen concoction maker: 

  • 3 3/4 ounces light rum
  • 3 3/4 ounces piña colada mix
  • 3 3/4 ounces strawberry daiquiri mix
  • 3/4 ounces pineapple juice
  • Ice. 

Fill the ice reservoir and pour the other ingredients into your party machine's blender jar. Flip the switch and watch as your margarita maker shaves the ice and blends your drink. It serves three and looks great with the classic Florida fruit: orange slices. 

Use Miami as the inspiration for your colorful winter cocktails.Use Miami as the inspiration for your colorful winter cocktails.

Last Mango in Paris 
This bold yellow drink is reminiscent of sunny days on a tropical island, so don't be surprised if you start planning a vacation after a few sips. Make this one at home by combining these ingredients in your frozen concoction maker: 

  • 3 3/4 oz. Margaritaville® Last Mango Tequila
  • 8 1/4 oz. Margaritaville® Mango Mix.

If you don't have these ingredients handy, you can use standard silver tequila along with a combination of simple syrup, mango juice and a splash of lime or orange juice. Serve this frozen drink in a martini or hurricane glass and garnish with a slice of mango. 

Kiwi Kiss 
Many cocktails are pink or yellow, but few can achieve that fun and exciting green hue without looking unnatural. Luckily, the Kiwi Kiss uses real ingredients to make a green drink that's both vibrant and tasty. Add these ingredients to your frozen concoction maker along with some ice: 

  • 3 whole kiwis, peeled
  • 6 ounces apple juice
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup vanilla sorbet
  • 3 ounces white rum. 

Let the kids get in on the fun by skipping the rum and making a tasty virgin version of the Kiwi Kiss. It's a great option for big parties. 

Use fresh kiwi in your cocktail.Use fresh kiwi in your cocktail.

Blue Colada 
An even rarer cocktail color is bright blue. But nothing gets rid of the blues better than something the color of tropical surf. Try making a batch of this drink to share with friends this winter. Here's what you'll need: 

  • 6 ounces light rum
  • 3 ounces blue curacao
  • 4 1/2 ounces coconut cream
  • 12 ounces pineapple juice
  • Ice. 

Just add the ice to the hopper and pour the rest of the ingredients into the blender jar. You'll be ready to serve these glasses of blue summer skies in no time. 

Your fellow Parrotheads at Margaritaville® Cargo remind you to enjoy your frozen concoctions responsibly and obey all drinking laws.