Few drinks scream "sunny getaway" like a tropical cocktail. So whether you're savoring the last few weeks of summer vacation or just soaking in all the sun-baked days you can, these recipes will have you raising a glass — tiny umbrella included — all season long.

For more, including how to set up your own margarita bar, visit the Colonial Wines & Spirits website.

 

Tequila Sunrise

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup El Jimador Tequila
  • 3 cups fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. grenadine, or to taste
  • 6 orange slices for garnish and additional slices for pitcher

Pro tip: Add other fresh fruit as desired. Unpeeled red and green apple slices, berries of any kind, but especially strawberries, lemon and lime. 

Directions:

In a large pitcher combine tequila, orange juice, grenadine and fruit. Fill glasses half to 3/4 full with ice. Spoon some of the fruit over the ice. Pour drinks from pitcher into glasses over ice and fruit. Garnish with orange slices or with other fruit as desired.

 

Silvermine (aka Tequila Mojito)

Instructions:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 36 leaves fresh mint (or to taste)
  • 3 limes, quartered
  • 1 cup El Mayor Blanco Tequila
  • 1 liter bottle of club soda

Directions:

Muddle sugar and mint leaves together in pitcher until leaves are well broken down. Add limes and muddle until limes are juiced. Stir tequila into sugar mixture; add club soda and stir until sugar is dissolved. Serve in a cocktail glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime and lots of mint.

 

Authentic Paloma

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups El Jimador Silver
  • 3 cans grapefruit soda (Fresca 12 oz. each), plus another 1/2 cup
  • 1/8 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:

This classic, refreshing cocktail is perfect when friends are around. Add El Jimador, grapefruit soda and ice to a two-quart pitcher. Stir and pour into eight highball glasses with a garnish of lime.

 

Classic Margarita

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups El Mayor Blanco Tequila
  • 1 cup Hiram Walker Triple Sec
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 cup sweetened lime juice
  • 3 cups ice
  • kosher salt
  • 8 lime wedges

Directions:

Combine tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, sweetened lime juice and ice in a large pitcher and stir. Pour the kosher salt onto a plate. Rub the rim of a glass with a lime wedge and dip the rim of the glass into the salt. Fill glass with margarita mixture, repeat for each serving.