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Cocktails that are perfect for spring break

A list of delicious alcoholic beverages to make yourself this spring break


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A mojito is a great cocktail to enjoy while sitting by the beach or pool.

Many people have their go-to drink they always order, but a break from school is a good time to try new things. If you are traveling somewhere warm for spring break to enjoy the hot weather, here are five cocktails that you may want to give a try.

Mojito

A mojito is a great cocktail to enjoy while sitting by the beach or pool.

Put 8 to 10 mint leaves into a tall glass along with 1 lime wedge. Then add a teaspoon of brown or white sugar depending on preference. Next, muddle the contents gently before adding 2 more lime wedges and muddle again. Fill the glass 3/4 with ice and add 1 1/2 ounces of silver rum. Finally, fill the glass with soda water then stir and garnish with a lime wedge to enjoy.

The Trouble Maker

The Trouble Maker is a fruity light cocktail that is great to be sipped in the hot weather.

Put four cucumbers slices and two strawberries into a cocktail shaker and then muddle. Add 3/4 of an ounce of lime juice and 3/4 of an ounce of simple syrup into a shaker. Then you’ll add 1 1/2 ounces of vodka and 1 ounce of aperitif wine. Next, put a couple ice cubes in the mix and shake. Then strain into a highball glass on the rocks. Finally, fill the glass with club soda and garnish with strawberry or cucumber.

The Dirty Banana

This thicker cocktail is easy to make and popular in Mexico, which is perfect for students who may be traveling there for break. Put 1 peeled banana into a blender with about 11 ounces of ice. Then put 1 1/2 ounces of silver rum into the blender. Next, add coffee liquor and milk or half and half then a shot of banana liquor. Some people choose to add a scoop of ice cream but that is optional. Blend all ingredients and put into a highball glass. Finally, garnish with a banana slice and whip cream on top.

The Hurricane

Originating in New Orleans, the drink is a strong one.

Take a chilled shaker and fill with 1 ounce of silver rum, 1 ounce of dark rum and 1 ounce of 151 rum. Then add 3 ounces of orange juice and 3 ounces of pineapple juice along with a 1/2 ounce of grenadine syrup. Shake all ingredients well and pour into a highball glass on the rocks. This particular cocktail has lots of different variations depending on location or the bartender.

Margarita

No tropical cocktail list is complete without a margarita. This cocktail is extremely popular in vacation spots. There are plenty of spin-offs of margaritas and the original recipe is somewhat disputed.

Take a chilled shaker and add 1 1/2 ounces of tequila. If using good tequila, 100 percent blue agave is a definite plus. Next, you’ll add a 1/2 ounce of orange liquor with 1 ounce of lime juice and shake well. Then pour into a margarita glass after dipping the rim in salt. Finally, garnish with a lime and enjoy.

James MacDavid is a news staff writer. News desk can be reached at news@ubspectrum.com.


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