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Guide To Drinking Like A Motherf*ckin’ Pirate

Set sail for the high seas with these contemporary takes on classic pirate cocktails, based on your swashbuckler level.

If you’ve seen every Pirates of the Caribbean movie:


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The Daiquiri gets an undeserved reputation for being a weak vacation drink — mostly due to its slushy sister — but this cocktail is essentially a modern interpretation of grog. Pirates often mixed rum, sugary water, and lime juice to make the alcohol easier to drink, rid their casks of water of bacteria, and stave off scurvy.   And that’s exactly what you tell people the next time your order one.  

  • 1 1/2 oz White rum


  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup



  • 1 oz Lime juice




Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain in chilled cocktail glass.



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Yet another oldie, but goodie, the Bumbo is another health-conscious cocktail created by pirates of yore, but can be surprisingly sweeter than daiquiris.     

  • 2 oz Dark Rum


  • 1 oz Lemon Juice



  • 1/2 tsp Grenadine



  • 1/4 tsp (grated) Nutmeg




In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine all of the ingredients. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass.


If you’ve always had a fondness for treasure maps and scavenger hunts:


Dark and Stormy

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This drink didn’t surface until the mid-20th century, but its Caribbean roots and seafaring imagery made it worthy of joining this list. The ginger beer takes the warming bite out of the rum while maintaining the integrity of the spice.

  • 2 ounces Gosling’s or Myers’s dark rum


  • 5 ounces ginger beer



  • Lime wedge




Pour the rum over ice in highball and fill with ginger beer. Squeeze in the lime wedge.

(Nouveau) Sangaree

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This is not Sangria. Though there are several variations, sangarees are typically less involved than their Spanish counterparts.

  • 2 oz Beaujolais nouveau wine (you may substitute another red wine)


  • 1 ½ oz apple brandy



  • ½ oz gin



  • ¼ oz dark maple syrup



  • 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters



  • thin apple slices



  • grated cinnamon




Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with thin apple slices and grated cinnamon.


If you’re wearing a hook and eyepatch right now:


Barbary Coast

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This is one of those “I’m mostly alcohol and you’re about to call your ex” cocktails. If It’s good enough for 19th century San Franciscan sailors, it’s good enough for you.

But you should probably give your phone to someone else beforehand.

  • ¾ oz. scotch
  • ¾ oz. gin
  • ¾ oz. creme de cacao
  • ¾ oz. cream
  • grated nutmeg


Combine ingredients in a shaker, shake well and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Fog Cutter (Trader Vic’s version)


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“After two of these, you won’t even see the stuff.”

These are terrifying words from the Fog Cutter’s creator, “Trader Vic” Bergeron. This cocktail bullied the Long Island Iced Tea in middle school. You can swap out the sherry from grenadine if you want to lessen the alcohol content, but this will still hit you where it hurts without apologizing the next day.

  • 1/2 oz Orgeat
  • 2 oz gold rum
  • 1 oz Pisco (a strong, colorless grape brandy)
  • 1/2 oz gin
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz sherry float


Place all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, shake until chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with crushed ice and float sherry on top.


Alcohol Friendly Beaches In Orange County


California beaches bring good times, blue skies, and golden-bronzed people where you can’t help but feel like you’re in paradise while relaxing with a gorgeous view and the soft lulls of the ocean waves that erode your stresses. The perfect way to top the laid back, hang-ten vibes and the peaceful environment of the beaches, is with a nice cold beer or alcoholic beverage in hand.

Fortunately, there are a few beaches that allow you to get both your tan and buzz on as you sink in sun rays, enjoy a mini staycation and escape reality for a few hours.

Once your session of laying out while getting your drink on is finito, please keep these little backyard paradises enjoyable for all visitors and staycationers by picking up all cans, bottles and trash you may have brought or that you see at these alcohol-friendly beaches.

Kehoe Beach


Kehoe Beach, a part of the Point Reyes beaches, can be found after a 0.6 mile walk along a peaceful trail of marshes and sand dunes at the northern end of Great Beach. This tranquil beach is calming to the eye and inspires adventure with a smooth stream that runs into the Pacific Ocean and vast sand dunes and cliffs that are enticing to explore. Kehoe is also an alcohol-friendly beach for those who are 21 years of age and older. A couple things to keep in mind if you plan on drinking and relaxing at Kehoe is that no kegs are allowed and that all beach goers have to be off the beach by 11 p.m., so remember to give yourself enough time to hike the small trail back to your car.

Native Knowledge: Heads up, there is no overnight parking! Also, for all the dog lovers out there, this beach is dog-friendly as long as your pup stays on the leash.

Inverness, CA. 94937
415.464.5100 |


Carmel Beach


Carmel Beach really does have it all under the sun, from surfing to volleyball, to bonfires and weddings. This eye-catching beach has white sands, gentle coves, and incredible sunsets to end any day in awe. While soaking up all the fun and beauty of Carmel Beach, feel free to sip on a nice glass of wine or alcoholic beverage of your choice until 10 p.m., as long as it’s not a keg. Not only is this beach booze-friendly, but also dog-friendly even sans a leash.

Native Knowledge: About two or three blocks from the beach on Ocean Avenue is free two-hour parking! There are also side streets available with free parking!

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
831.620.200 |


Descanso Beach Club


Live a life of luxury at the Descanso Beach Club, where you can dive into an array of lavish activities. This beach club offers 17 cabanas ready to rent that come with complimentary goodies such as, bottled water, delicious smoothies, Wi-Fi, chaise lounges, a personal beach butler and towels, as well as private massages and bottle service for an extra fee. Imagine lying out with margaritas at hand and being waited on by your own personal cabana butler. That sounds like the perfect way to spoil yourself to me! If you want a break from the celebrity treatment, the Descanso Beach Club also offers vibrant beach parties to shake and groove all your worries away with live entertainment, DJs, and wallet-friendly happy hour.

1 Descanso Ave
Avalon, CA, 90704
310.510.7410 |


Malibu Paradise Cove


Keeping it simple and to the point, Malibu’s Paradise Cove, has beach-goers stick to the classics when it comes to alcohol consumption, allowing only beer, wine and champagne on its warm, sunny beaches. Opening its sandy beaches and clear skies to the public at 8 a.m., all the beach bums can hang out, drink and have a good time until the beach closes at sunset. If you need food to hit the spot or to absorb the brew or liquid courage you’ve been sippin’ on, Paradise Beach Café is located on the beach so you may walk in and out as you please when you need a bite to eat.

Native Knowledge: This beach can get crowded, so arrive early or be ready to expect some hectic parking.

8128 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA, 90265
310.457.2503 |

Written by Michelle Andrews of Locale Magazine


Drank Announces New Island Time Flavor Aimed to “Slow Your Roll”

FOODBEAST originally covered Drank in early 2011 before the brand had any major distribution. Now Drank has introduced a new flavor, Island Time, and is available in 43 states and many 7-Eleven stores. Both the original flavor and Island Time utilize a combination of Valerian Root, Rose Hips and Melatonin to ‘relax the body, mind and soul.‘ We’ve seen more and more new products entitled relaxation beverages (iChill, Vacation In A Bottle, Dream Water) — each press release claiming that this beverage category is the next ‘big thing.’

What do FOODBEAST readers think? Do you buy relaxation drinks regularly? Any Favorites? Are Relaxation Beverages or Coconut Water the next big thing? We’d love to hear your feedback in the comments or on Facebook.


Drank: The Relaxation Beverage

While drinks like Four Loko were meant to simultaneously give you a buzz and chock you full of caffeine, the branding behind Drank beverage is a bit different. The drink utilizes a combination of Valerian Root, Rose Hips and Melatonin to “relax the body, mind and soul.” The drink…err…Drank, doesn’t seem to have any solid distribution as of yet, even though they have a publicly available and tradable stock under the symbol OTC:IBGH.