3 Vacation Inspired Drinks

We recently took a trip to Colorado, and I was so impressed by the bar scene in Breckenridge! They were serving up unique and innovative drinks that weren’t overly complicated or pretentious. I brought back some of my favorite flavors to share with you. I’ve loaded the recipes with tips and tricks, to make you the star of your next cocktail night! Or any night really 😉

From a spicy fruity margarita, to an update to The Best Bloody Mary, to a twist on the classic Moscow Mule, these drinks won’t let you down! Enjoy!

Fiery Pineapple Margarita

INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup Fresh Pineapple
2 oz. Jalapeno Simple Syrup (recipe below)
2 oz. Tequila
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. Limeade
Splash of Lemon Juice
Sea Salt for Rim 

DIRECTIONS
1. Dip glass rim in lemon juice, and then in sea salt to rim the glass.
2. In same glass, muddle Fresh Pineapple with Jalapeno Simple Syrup.
3. Add Tequila, Triple Sec and Limeade to glass, add ice, stir and Enjoy!

The Best {Bacon} Bloody Mary

INGREDIENTS
2 oz. Bacon Vodka {buy here or make here}
4 oz. The Best Bloody Mary Mix
Splash of Lemon Juice
Spicy Seasoning for Rim (mix together a pinch ea. of cumin, cayenne, chili powder, sea salt, pepper)
Garnishes (cornichons, celery, pickled hot peppers, slice of crispy bacon, olives)

DIRECTIONS
1. Dip glass rim in lemon juice, and then in spicy seasoning mix to rim the glass.
2. In same glass, add Vodka, ice and The Best Bloody Mary Mix to glass.
3. Stir, garnish with tasty, salty tidbits and Enjoy!

*SnapTip:
Looking for variations on your Bloody? Kick it up a notch by swapping out Bacon Vodka for Regular Vodka and adding in 2 oz. of the Jalapeno Simple Syrup. Want a tranquil Bloody? Swap in Cucumber Infused Vodka {buy here or make here} and garnish with cucumber slices!

Peachy Keen Moscow Mule

INGREDIENTS
2 oz. Peach Vodka
2 oz. Jalapeno Simple Syrup (recipe below)
Splash of soda water
Splash of ginger beer
Lime wedges for garnish

DIRECTIONS
1. Pour all ingredients into a copper mule mug, over ice, stir to combine.
2. Garnish with lime wedges and enjoy!

Jalapeno Simple Syrup

INGREDIENTS
1 cup sugar
1 jalapeno, cut lengthwise
1 cup water

DIRECTIONS
1. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Heat until the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally.
2. Remove from the heat, and add the jalapeno. You can remove some or all of the seeds to reduce the heat of the simple syrup.
3. Let sit in the fridge for 1 hour or overnight.
4. Strain the syrup through a mesh sieve with a coffee filter added, and store in the fridge.

Even if you can’t make it on a vacation, I hope you get a chance to kick back with one of these vacation inspired drinks in hand!

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