Whether you’re hosting a mid-summer party or lounging poolside, ice cold cocktails are a fun (and delicious!) way to cool off during the dog days of summer. You only need to keep a handful of ingredients on hand to whip one up on the fly, and by simply substituting or skipping the addition of alcohol, they can be enjoyed by everyone.
The best way to enjoy a frozen cocktail? With a complimenting cosmetic, of course! From Piña Colada scented perfumes to a Mudslide manicure, indulge in the summer’s best cocktails on the inside and out! Bottoms up, beauties!
The Frozen Daiquiri
Remember how much fun it was as a child to walk up to 7-11 on a hot summer day to get a Slushie with your BFF? The frozen daiquiri captures that very same sweet, frozen fruit taste except makes it way better, thanks to the splash (or two) of rum and lime juice. Make it with any fruit you like (I recommend watermelon, strawberry, or peach) and feel good knowing you’re getting at least one serving of fruit (and at least two servings of awesome) in every glass. Dive into your daiquiri with Philosophy’s Melon Daiquiri Lip Shine (Philosophy, $19) or Essie’s Peach Daiquiri Nail Polish (Wal-Mart, $7.75)
The Piña Colada
There’s a reason Garth Brooks wanted one for each hand. A sweet, creamy blend of coconut, pineapple, and rum, the Piña Colada is like having a tropical paradise in your mouth. The perfect pairing to your Piña Colada? Escada’s Rockin’ Rio (Sephora, $55) or Avon’s Piña Colada Bubble Delight Bubble Bath (Avon, $5.99)
The Mai Tai
Translate the name of this tasty Tahitian drink and you’ll come up with the Tahitian word for good. Yup, that about sums up this one up! Although there are many variations to the Mai Tai recipe, the basics include rum, Curaçao liqueur, and lime juice. Tie these to your Mai Tai: Mineral Essence’s Shimmer Hawaiian Mai Tai Eye Shadow (Dermstore, $16) or MILANI Minerals Blush with Brush in Mai Tai (CherryCulture, $5.75)
One sip of the tequila, triple sec, and lime blend and it’s easy to see how the frozen concoction got its very own national holiday (February 22, for those marking their calendars). For a twist, you can also try adding in strawberry or watermelon puree. Serve it up frozen or on the rocks in a chilled, salt rimmed glass and head off to Margaritaville! Grab your shaker of salt and Philosophy’s Senorita Margarita 3-in-1 (Sephora, $6-$16) or Liplicious’s Blueberry Margarita Lip Gloss (Bath and Body Works, $8)
As the official drink of Cuba and choice drink of Ernest Hemingway, the Mojito is definitely one of the most refreshing drinks on the summer cocktail menu. Easy to make, you only need a few scoops of white sugar, rum, and club soda to get your Mojito on. Toss in fresh mint leaves and serve it in a tall, ice-filled glass. Sip, then “ahhh.” Say Hola! to your Mojita with ME’s Bath Mint Mojito Bath Ice Cream (Soap.com, $18) or Essie’s Mojito Madness Nail Polish (Beauty.com, $8)
Combined with Kahlúa, Irish cream, and vodka, the Mudslide is like the grown up’s version of a milkshake. As a matter of fact, Mudslides are made even better when you add a scoop of ice cream to the mix! Top it off with whipped cream, chocolate syrup or better yet – Oreo cookies! Die and come to heaven with me, chocoholics. Slide into your Mudslide with Buxom’s Big & Healthy Lip Cream in Mudslide (Sephora, $18) or Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish in Mudslide (Drugstore.com, $6.99)