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.

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Signature cocktails are the ideal way for you to infuse your personal style into your event.
Photographer Randy Mayor


Combine 8 ounces (1 cup) vodka, 4 ounces (½ cup) banana liqueur, 4 ounces (½ cup) pear nectar, and ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) fresh lemon juice in a cocktail shaker or pitcher. Pour into 4 ice-filled glasses, and garnish with fresh edible flowers. Makes 4 servings.

CL: Any advice on creating your own signature cocktail?

CM: Signature cocktails are an ideal way for you to infuse your personal style into your event. Be your own mixologist and whip up a batch that goes with your party theme―sangria on the beach, margaritas by the pool. Serve them in a large glass drinks dispenser or pitcher. For warm, breezy days, try vodka-based cocktails. They pair well with fruit juices; cranberry, raspberry, and pomegranate are good choices. For hot, tropical weather, try rum-based libations paired with any tropical infusion, from coconut and pineapple to mango and guava.

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