A trio of tropical cocktails, perfect for creating moment of winter escape.

A trio of tropical cocktails, perfect for creating moment of winter escape.

Tropical cocktails to warm up winter’s chill

Even if there isn’t snow where you are this time of year, there’s no arguing that a tropical getaway sounds tempting during the frantic return to work after the holiday vacation. And while bearing the expense of a plane ticket to a Caribbean island may not be an option right now, whipping up a cocktail infused with the bright and sunny flavors of the tropics is an easy escape. Here are three of our favorite tropical cocktails – think sweet pineapple, fragrant mint and sunny mango – to add a little sunshine to your weekend.

Mixologist Aaron Fitas has elevated the classic Piña Colada with the use of luxe ingredients and a refined sensibility

Mixologist Aaron Fitas has elevated the classic Piña Colada with the use of luxe ingredients and a refined sensibility (Photo/Courtesy Aaron Fitas)

Piña Colada

Sweet pineapple juice and coconut water are combined with lemon juice and rum for an extra-light but full-bodied cocktail perfect for sipping in the company of friends. Click here for the recipe.

A ruby-red cocktail, infused with tropical fruit flavor.

A ruby-red cocktail, infused with tropical fruit flavor. (Photo/courtesy Matt Brooks)

Tropical Desire

Here’s a small secret: while fresh fruit juices are optimal for achieving that just-squeezed tropical flavor, using select fruit-flavored liquers can help make your cocktail sing. The “Tropical Desire” cocktail by Brazilian mixologist Emilio Tirbucio, blends ORG – a papaya, mango and lime liqueur – with vodka and agave nectar for a cocktail layered with tropical fruit flavor. Click here for the recipe.

A mojito cocktail with rum, mint and lime

A mojito cocktail with rum, mint and lime (Photo/Getty Images)

Mojito

The Cuban mojito is a classic and this perfect recipe – think fresh mint and juicy, bright lime – provides the ultimate Caribbean escape in a glass. Click here for the recipe.

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