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Swizzle – Sipping Summertime


By Liesel Schmidt


Frosty, fruity, fizzy, or frozen, there’s a mental connection that seems to make summertime go hand-in-hand with colorful cocktails—and the fresher, the better.


It may be true that you can’t have a cocktail without a perfect pour from the requisite bottle—or five—of sinful spirits, but what you add into that creative concoction of beach-worthy bliss is every bit as important to bringing the party when it comes to mixing up a drink you’re sure to love. Realize it or not, there’s a science involved—a careful art to combining the freshest ingredients to make the season come alive in every sip. And by taking advantage of seasonal fruits and fresh herbs, the mixologists who shake, blend, muddle, and pour your cocktail are making magic in a glass, serving drinks where flavor and fun are the ultimate destination.


When you’re lying poolside or beachside, there’s no better way to enjoy your time than to toast that breathtaking setting than with something cool and refreshing, something sweetly evocative of the colors all around and the festive feeling of being on vacation. There’s a playful luxuriousness to it all, a feeling of indulgence that can only be captured with the perfect drink. And when you’re at a resort, those perfect drinks are just a wish away, whether you’ve got a signature sip or feel like venturing out with something new.


So just what makes the perfect summer cocktail? The creative crafters of these sunny drinks have seasonality on the brain when they design their drinks—and with good reason. When you close your eyes and take a sip, every nuance and flavor should be like a postcard picture being delivered straight to your tongue. Think colorful. Think cool. Think sweet and light. Liquors like rum, tequila, and vodka keep things shaking, but fresh fruit purees, freshly squeezed juices, and fresh fruits and herbs are really what bring those boozy bases to life and keep spirits running high.


Are we sensing a theme? Fresh.


The freshness is what makes every sunrise its sunniest and gives every punch its panache. Without those top-notch, in-season accouterments, your resort refreshers would be like a wade into the kiddie pool—utterly forgettable and a mere tease of the pleasure you could be pouring on. Undeniably, what’s wetting your whistle is evocative of your experience, a memory you’ll form and keep for years to come. There’s an expectation that builds from that very first taste, each sip thereafter bringing you right back to the fun of the season and the excitement you feel as you mix things up in paradise—and that’s one cocktail that’s definitely worth sharing.


Rum Jungle

Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill

Hilton Sandestin Beach



0.5 oz. dark rum

0.5 oz. coconut rum

0.25 oz. 151 rum

0.25 oz. spiced rum

0.25 oz. banana liqueur

0.25 oz. grenadine

2 oz. orange juice

2 oz. pineapple juice


Directions: Combine all rum ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake until mixed. Pour over ice in a tall glass and garnish with a skewer of pineapple chunks and a curl of orange peel.



The “H”


Henderson Beach Resort & Spa



1 oz. simple syrup

1 oz. fresh lime juice

1 pinch cilantro

1 slice fresh jalapeno (deseeded)

2 thinly-slice pieces of cucumber

2 oz. Hendrick’s Gin

splash Barrit’s Ginger Beer



Muddle seedless jalapeno, cucumber & cilantro into the 1 oz. simple syrup and lime juice. Shake well. Double Strain into highball glass with oversized ice cube. Splash with Barrit’s ginger beer.



Raspberry Colada

Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill

Hilton Sandestin Beach



1.5 ounces Parrot Bay Passionfruit Rum

.5 ounces Dekyuper Amaretto

3 ounces Pina Colada mix

1 cup crushed ice

Cherries for garnish



Add rum, amaretto, Pina Cola mix, Amaretto, and ice to a blender. Blend mixture until smooth.

Pour into a chilled hurricane glass; garnish with a cherry.


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