After months of sun-deprived days spent nodding off in lecture halls and studying in dingy dorms, spring break is a welcome reprieve for pale, overworked college students. It’s a time when everyone, from frat bros and sorority girls, to jocks, to nerds, to the class president, comes together to party without the stress of midterms. Whether you’re traveling somewhere tropical, or just to a state where the air doesn’t hurt your face, here are the best cocktails to party with over spring break.
7 Best Spring Break Cocktails
This cocktail was invented specifically for Florida spring breakers back in the ‘80s. Named for the two things people travel to Florida for—sex and the beach—this pink, fruity and sweet vodka cocktail is the ultimate drink for your somewhat-trashy (in a good way) vacation. If you leave out the orange juice, you’ll have a Woo Woo, named for spring breakers’ third favorite past time (woo!-ing).
You kept your New Year's resolution and spent every week of the long winter pumping iron in the gym to get that beach bod. Now it's finally time to indulge in a creamy, decadent tropical cocktail with reckless abandon and no thought of calorie counting. Go on, you deserve it.
Every spring breaker in Mexico will be ordering Margaritas and getting the dregs of a massive, sour-mix-laden batch the bartender brewed up just for the occasion. Get a superior cocktail instead by ordering an Acapulco, made with tequila and fresh grapefruit, pineapple and lime juices.
Spring break is all about making memories with your best friends (or those cute co-eds from a few rooms down the hotel hall), and there’s nothing like a Scorpion Bowl to kickstart that camaraderie. Gather around this massive tiki cocktail and let loose as you drain it together—just don't let anyone try to blow out the flame and ruin the party.
Crank up the samba music and hit the beaches of Brazil (mentally or physically) with this cooling cocktail. The muddled mix of grassy caçacha, lime and sugar is a national favorite, but be sure to try some tropical twists on the classic, like a muddled pineapple and jalepeño Caipirinha, too.
If a bright blue drink is your idea of a vacation cocktail, then go for the Blue Hawaii. Unlike most over-sugared blue drinks, this one gets a dose of gin to balance out the blend of vodka, blue curaçao and three fruit juices. Don’t worry, you’ll still get a paper umbrella.
Bring your own booze to the beach my mixing this fruity punch directly in a gallon jug ahead of time. Forget breakable glass—all you have to do is add whole bottles of rum and fruit juices to a plastic container, shake it up, throw it in the cooler and enjoy a Solo cup-full while lying out in the sand.