5 Island-Inspired Cocktails

We asked Colleen Mullaney, author of It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere, to share some of her favorite recipes and behind-the-scenes advice on how to become cocktail-savvy.

My quest began to write a book on global cocktail favorites, including tidbits about each location, the cocktail of the moment, and downloadable playlists to keep you in the global mood!
Photographer Randy Mayor

Lemon Grotto

Combine 6 ounces (¾ cup) limoncello and 2 ounces (¼ cup) orange liqueur in a small bowl. Stir in 8 sliced strawberries, and soak at least 1 hour. Puree strawberry mixture in a blender; strain, if desired. Pour into 4 tall glasses. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with lemon peel, and serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.

CL: What inspired you to write the book It's 5 o'clock Somewhere?

CM: It all started for me at 5:00 on a trip to Paris a few years ago. I was sipping a Champagne cocktail in a fabulous hotel lobby bar, listening to music and munching on those delectable bar snacks. I suddenly thought, this is what we all need, to visit all the luxe and fabulous places around the globe and sample their 5:00 cocktails. So my quest began to write a book on global cocktail favorites, including tidbits about each location, the cocktail of the moment, and downloadable playlists to keep you in the global mood!

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