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Beach, please. Why you need to host a mermaid happy hour.

Posted by Faith Bennett on August 16, 2018

In Rum, Cocktails, Summer Cocktails, Cocktail Recipe

Let’s say you had choice for a few days over beach weekend between legs or a fin. You’d go with a fin, right?  Come on! Who’s with me on this? Give it some thought over a mermaid cocktail sometime.

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Remember that movie “Splash” with Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah? (Whatever happened to her anyway?) Back when that came out in the 80s, every young adult imagined what it would be like to fall into the ocean and saved by a mystical half-human, half-fish creature. Years later, “The Little Mermaid” debuted and a whole new generation of girls, now women, around the world were suddenly captivated by these beauties.

Fast forward to the present and we are STILL obsessed. Now would you go with the fin? It’s safe to say that we’ve been awed by these fictional sea babes again lately and can’t help but be baited onto this sea wagon, faster than you can say “anemone.”

Diving into this underwater realm brings us to the princess of all mermaids: Ariel. She taught us solid life lessons, but the key takeaway is that mermaids never have bad hair days. She taught us how to ponder life under the sea, use a fork for your comb, make fish friends and that one’s only worry should be finding a prince. Well, it’s 2018 and we’ve grown out of the search for prince charming; what we could really use now is a cocktail to complete our mermaid nostalgia.  

Whether you washed up like this or want to “seas” the day, if your cocktail hand is empty grab your mermaid and mer-men (we know you’re out there) friends to make one shell of a cocktail. Not only will you make waves during your next gathering, but you’ll consider quitting your day job for a life in the sea in no time (even if it means leaving Tom Hanks in NYC).

Mermaid Rum Punch

Rumin’ on mermaid time.

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a Collins glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge, pineapple leaves and Swedish Fish.

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Mermaid Lemonade

Skip the mer-tini and go straight for the le-mer-ade.

Combine vodka and lemonade in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Top with Blue Curacao and let it sink naturally. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

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We would trade our voice for these bubbles.

In a Champagne flute, add Midori. Add pineapple juice then top with cava. Slowly pour blue curaçao in the glass and garnish with a lime twist.

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If these fin-tastic cocktails are not enough to convince you to trade in your legs for a tail, these reasons might:

  1. Free seashell bras
  2. Ability to breathe underwater
  3. …which means you can live in an underwater castle
  4. Pitch perfect vocals
  5. Swimming away from all your problems has never been so easy
  6. And let’s not forget to reiterate, PERFECT hair

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