I can try to convince myself that a staycation is just as good as a real vacation and list all the points as to why. I’m pretty convincing, too.
You save money, but you can still have fun.
You see your hometown with fresh eyes as you plan all sorts of cool, touristy activities there.
You can do a ton of things you’ve been wanting to do with your kids but never have time to do.
You have an excuse to stay in your pajamas all day and eat breakfast for dinner.
Don’t get me wrong: Those things are indeed wonderful. But all I have to do is think of the word beach and I’m fantasizing about a proper vacation.
Still, I’ve figured out a way to make myself feel better about the fact that I’m not going anywhere anytime soon: I scoured the Internet for the best Spring Break–inspired cocktails for moms who need a little extra oomph in their staycation. Make sure to click through for the recipes from some very talented bloggers.
Note: These cocktails for moms are delicious as is, but they are made even better by a significant other who likes to play bartender, tiny cocktail umbrellas and kids who go to bed when they’re supposed to.
Remember shots? (The type that don’t involve a crying child, that is.) I do! I do! But with cake-flavored vodka, rum, frosting and sprinkles, these Funfetti concoctions are a lot yummier than the shots we used to do on Spring Break.
Think of this Lava Flow cocktail as the inspiration to save up for that Hawaiian vacation that you’re dreaming about. With a combination of coconut, frozen strawberries and pineapple juice, it’s meant to look like molten lava flowing down a volcano.
Seriously, how pretty is this? Not only that, but it looks insanely refreshing and there’s whole fruit in it, which must make it healthy. (Note: Cocktails for moms don’t require rationalizations, but we’re really good coming up with them, so we might as well include one.)
True confession: Rum and pineapple juice was my drink of choice during my junior year of college. This is a lot classier and made with much better rum, but the bright yellow of this cocktail make me think of sunny skies, bikinis and somewhat questionable choices that miraculously led to good memories.
Alcohol, ice cream and chocolate syrup? Yes, please. This is for those of us who like to combine our dessert with our drinks because, you know, it’s the best thing ever. Also, don’t worry: If you’re on a vacation/staycation, the calories totally don’t count. Really. (Really-ish.)
It’s a classic for a reason, but I like it with a little twist—or, rather, a shot. Grand Marnier cuts through the tartness of a margarita, giving it a slightly sweeter, slightly orangey flavor. I’ve gotten my husband to master the art of the margarita, which means that he makes these whenever we have Mexican. As they say, give a man a margarita and he drinks for the night. Teach a man to make a margarita and his wife gets to relax on the couch and drink lots of magaritas. Or something like that.
Pregnant? We’ve got you covered. Pretend you’re looking at the blue skies and an unnaturally blue Caribbean ocean as you put up your swollen feet and sip from your alcohol-free cocktail.
Unnaturally blue cocktails are always a hit. But what about the non-drinkers? I created the Blue Shoe cocktail so they too could enjoy a bright blue drink with Recipe 3 ounces blue Hawaiian Punch (or similar) 2 ounces white cranberry juice 7-Up Chill the ingredients beforehand. Pour the blue fruit punch into a large, chilled martini glass, then the white cranberry juice, and then fill the rest of the way with 7-Up 📷 from livalittle1234 on Pinterest 😊Double Tap & Tag your friend below ⤵
Watermelon makes me think of being a kid in summer. Add some ice, vodka and Prosecco, and you’ve got a grown-up slushie to keep far away from the kids.
This cocktail requires a little cooking, but it’s worth it because you’re classing things up with champagne.
The layering looks professional—and if you’re DIY-challenged like me—really difficult, but the recipe swears that all you have to do is drizzle blue curaçao down the side of the martini glass and it will settle properly at the bottom. I’m hoping my attempt won’t turn into a Pinterest fail, but even if it does, I’ll just close my eyes, sip my Pina Colada-tini and get too tipsy to notice.
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