Local South Florida Cocktail Recipes to Craft During National Cocktail Day 

The celebration will commence on Sunday, March 24.

The creatives behind some of South Florida’s most popular liquid concoctions are sharing their recipes in honor of National Cocktail Day on March 24. With the recipes provided, anyone can now recreate these signature drinks from the comfort of their own homes. Whether one prefers to stick with their tried and true favorites or venture out and try something new, the collection offers a diverse range of options. Some of the favorites include: 

“Tipsy Turtle” at Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale

Those who dream of sparkling shores, sunshine, and salty breezes can indulge in a Tipsy Turtle at Marriott Harbor Beach Resort. This upscale oceanfront resort on Fort Lauderdale’s most extensive stretch of pristine private beach serves a refreshing rum drink with a deep blue hue reminiscent of the Atlantic Ocean. The most remarkable aspect of the cocktail is that every sale at the resort contributes $1 to The Sea Turtle Conservation Fund, which works towards protecting the global sea turtle population.


2 ounces Malibu Rum

.5 ounces Blue Curacao

1 ounce Sour Mix

2 ounces Pineapple Juice

Garnish with Orange Slice, Cherry and Coconut Flakes


The recipe calls for combining the ingredients into a shaker tin, shaking them well, and rolling them into a highball glass. The final touch is to garnish it with an orange slice and a cherry and sprinkle some coconut flakes on top.

“Smoky on The Water Mezcal Margarita” at Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale

Transport to a tropical haven at Pelican Grand Beach Resort, where the serene symphony of ocean waves and swaying palm trees beckons relaxation. Guests can savor the Smoky on The Water, a distinctive mezcal creation made with El Silencio Mezcal, Triple Sec, lime juice, fresh agave nectar, and infused with chipotle simple syrup with a Tajin rim for a touch of spice. This rendition of the classic margarita harmonizes a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and smoky notes, offering a complexity that delights the palate.


1.5 oz El Silencio Mezcal

1.5 oz Triple Sec

1oz Lime juice

1 oz fresh Agave nectar

Chipotle simple syrup

Tajin for rim


Fill a shaker with ice and add the required ingredients to make the drink. The mixture should be shaken well. Separately, Tajin should be added to the rim of a preferred rocks glass. The mixture from the shaker should then be poured into the Tajin-rimmed glass over fresh ice.

“Chispa Margarita” at Gold Coast Kitchen + Cocktails, Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay

In Miami, known for its hot weather, one can find the Chispa Margarita, a handcrafted drink prepared by experienced mixologists at the Gold Coast Kitchen + Cocktails located in the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay. This unique take on the classic margarita features Jose Cuervo, infused with jalapeno simple syrup and tangy citrus flavors of lemon juice and pineapple juice. It is served with a garnish of Tajin spice rim, dehydrated pineapple, and a fresh jalapeno slice. Despite a twist on the classic margarita, the Chispa Margarita is refreshing and flavorful, packing a spicy punch.


1.75 Oz Jose Cuervo Tequila

1 Oz Jalapeno Simple Syrup

1 Oz Lemon Juice

1Oz Pineapple Juice

Tajin Spice Half Rim


Pour the liquid contents into a mixing glass and shake it vigorously to prepare the drink. Double strain the mixture and pour it into a bucket glass with a Tajin Spice Half Rim. Finally, add a garnish of dehydrated pineapple and a fresh jalapeno slice.

“The Little Palm-Arita” at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in Little Torch Key

The Little Palm-Arita is a signature cocktail served at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa. It creates a tropical ambiance with the soothing sounds of ocean waves and the gentle sway of palm trees overhead. The drink is a perfect blend of sweet flavors of coconut, agave, and pineapple, along with the smooth tastes of ultra-premium tequila and creamy rum, which offer a fully immersive tropical relaxation experience. As the sun warms the guests, The Little Palm-Arita provides a refreshing and soothing sensation, making them feel like paradise.


1.5 oz Flecha Azul Blanco Tequila

1.5 oz Malibu Coconut Rum

1oz Licor 43

1 oz fresh Agave nectar

Pineapple slice (garnish)

Fresh coconut shavings (garnish)


To make the drink, fill a shaker with ice and add all the necessary ingredients. Once the mixture is well combined, it should be strained into a preferred Collins glass over fresh ice. Finally, the drink can be garnished with a pineapple slice and fresh coconut shavings to add a tropical touch to the presentation.

“The Sunset Margarita” from Ocean Key Resort & Spa in Key West

The Sunset Margarita, despite its name, is known for being a flavorful and punchy drink that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. This drink was created by mixologists at the Ocean Key Resort & Spa in Key West. It is made with Blood Orange, rich in Vitamin C and natural antioxidants. The balance of sweetness from the Don Julio Blanco Tequila and tartness from fresh lime makes it a perfect drink to complement an authentic Key West experience. The Sunset Margarita is a flirty and fun drink that is highly recommended.


1.5 oz Don Julio Blanco Tequila

1 oz Agave Nectar

Splash fresh Squeezed Lime

Splash Blood Orange Juice with pulp 

Blood orange slice (garnish) 

Tropical Orchid (garnish)


To make the drink, combine all the necessary ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake the mixture well. After shaking, strain the drink into a rocks glass and garnish it with a slice of Blood Orange and a colorful Orchid. The orchid is purely for decorative purposes only.

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.