There are some drinks that just scream summer, and sand, and a laid-back lifestyle. These are the drinks of the beach that I love, and that seaside trip would never be complete without them.

Mai Tai Drink Enjoying a Mai Tai at the beach in Tahiti Photo Credit : Sarah_Ackerman

Mai Tai

In Tahitian, Maita'i literally means "very good". And that's what you can expect from the very sweet, rum-heavy drink. Breakfast and mai tais with your sister overlooking the docks; it'll be a great start to the day.


Ice cold Imperial beer at beach side restaurant in Playa Junquillal Ice cold Imperial beer at beach side restaurant in Playa Junquillal

Imperial Beer - The Beer of Costa Rica

Arguably the most recognized beer in Central America and well I a lot of my time in Costa Rica so it just makes sense. Imperial Beer is the go to beer while you are in Costa Rica chilling on the beach. Heck I have run across more than one person who has the Imperial beer logo tattooed on them. So sit back and enjoy!


Refreshing Tequila Sunrise at the beach, Jaco
Refreshing Tequila Sunrise at the beach, Jaco

Tequila Sunrise

3 ingredients: just white tequila, orange juice and some grenadine, super easy to just make a huge batch, dump it in a cooler or canteen, and bring the fun for a whole party. They're absolutely delicious, so that helps get the team amped. Drink it in the morning, drink it in the evening, it is a jack-of-all-times type of beach drink.


Refreshing Long Island Ice Tea
Refreshing Long Island Ice Tea

Long Island Iced Tea

Trying to get drunk at the beach? Then don't overlook this classy (not classy) classic that tastes nothing like sum of its parts would seem, but somehow fantastic.


Sex on the beach cocktail Sex on the Beach cocktail Photo Credit : ThiagoMartins

Sex on the Beach

Vodka, cranberry juice, and orange juice have never been combined in a way that is this seductive. It looks beautiful, and is the tangiest nonsense you have ever had.


Blue Hawaiian Tropical drink at the beach
Blue Hawaiian Tropical drink at the beach

Blue Hawaiian

Blue Hawaiian is a tropical drink befitting of the beautiful white sand beaches of Hawaii. Blue curacao swirls around with cream of coconut for something that seems delicate but also like a big punch of fruit. It's a more complicated drink, so prepare beforehand. Bottling them in beer bottles is a cool way to transport the already made drink.


Citric Limoncello drink
Citric Limoncello drink

Limoncello at the Beach

Are you being fancy on the beach? How about a slow slip of limoncello from a shot glass? The tiny glass makes you feel sophisticated, but you can also drop it in some tonic and quench some thirst.


Grape fruit Summer Shandy drink
Grape fruit Summer Shandy drink

Summer Shandy

Doesn't just have to be for the beach bro. At only 4% , it's great for day drinking, without bogging you down too much. It's light, it's refreshing, and you can leave it in the sand without worrying while you play beach volleyball.


Refreshing Mojito at Hard Rock
Refreshing Mojito at Hard Rock

Mojito

Can't get on without the mojito on your cocktail docket. That ultimate freshness of the mint coupled with the cool tang of lime, it's perfect as a refreshment in the heat of the day. It also has a similar purpose at night. Get it at the club, and sip it while you talk up a hot prospect while you take a breather on the beach patio, looking over the smooth, obsidian water at night. You'll be plenty refreshed for anything the night has in store.


Delicious Piña Colada drink at the beach
Delicious Piña Colada drink at the beach

Piña Colada

There are not songs about it because it is terrible. Pina Coladas are absolutely delicious; sweet and fruity and remiscent of a worry-free lifestyle. How could you worry with a glass full of good times like that.


Delicious Watermelon Margarita
Delicious Watermelon Margarita

Watermelon Margarita

Take advantage of the season's best by adding watermelon to your margarita. Drink this on the beach weekend with the girls as you decide between shopping along the beachside district or just painting your nails here in the warm, inviting sunlight. The day is yours.


Amazing Brazilian drink Caipirinha
Amazing Brazilian drink Caipirinha

Caiparinha

You know Brazil';s national cocktail is gonna have some fun in it. The caiparinha is sweet like a dewy summer afternoon, yet tart like a splash to the face. Order it at the beach bar for your friend's birthday bash, but just make sure you are pronouncing it correctly, it's pronounced "kai-pee-reen-ya".