COOKBOOK REVIEW – Beach Cocktails – With Planters Punch Recipe

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Planters Punch from beach Cocktails

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Beach Cocktails: Favorite Surfside Sips and Bar Snacks

  • Author:
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House (May 2, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 0848752198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848752194
  • Cover price $
  • Purchase on Amazon

Cheers! Bottoms Up! It’s time for a beach cocktail! Whether you are on the shores of a sandy beach or at home with a gathering of friends, serve up thirst-quenching flavored cocktails of the coast like Hawaiian Mai Tais, Cuban Daiquiri’s, Key West Rum Runners or a Brazilian Caipirinhas!

Over the last 20 years Coastal Living has provided readers with the best of seaside life, and now with BEACH COCKTAILS they serve up delicious cocktail recipes alongside beautifully photographed coastal scenery to delight the casual reader, mixologist, or guest alike.

More than just a pretty cocktail book, BEACH COCKTAILS covers it all: learn the origin and key ingredients of tiki bar favorites, gear up with the 4-1-1 on must-have bar essentials, and refresh your bar-basics like making simple syrups, creating fun garnishes and learning to muddle! Whether you prefer a classic sip on the sand, a cutting-edge contemporary toddy, or a refreshing mocktail while watching the tide roll in, BEACH COCKTAILS is your thirst-aid kit.

I live at the Jersey Shore. Our restaurants about with many different cocktails. Sometimes when I go out I have a meal that I enjoy so much that I try to recreate it or try to make something similar. That’s not the case with cocktails. I enjoy a good cocktail, but when it comes to making them I don’t have the know how to do it, which is why I was excited to receive an offer to check out a brand new cookbook, Beach Cocktails: Favorite Surfside Sips And Bar Snacks.

The book opens with sections that will provide you with helpful information on bar tools, glassware and garnishes. Then come the recipes.

The chapters in this book include:

  • Tiki Bar Classics
  • High Spirits
  • Foam And Froth
  • Warm Sips
  • Happy Hour
  • Mock Tails
  • Bar Snacks

The recipes are all easy to understand, so even a novice like me has an understanding of what to do and when and how to do it. The ingredients are clearly listed. I was familiar with most of the edible ingredients (cherries, egg whites, etc) and juices, which you should be able to get at a local grocery store. I am familiar with many of the different types of liquors in the book (although in many cases not that specific brands) and have seen them in our local liquor stores. The cocktail recipes are for single cocktails. Each recipe is accompanied by stories about the cocktail, region it’s from or the ingredients that are in it. The book has lots of lovely color photos, including many of the cocktails. I really liked that where the photo wasn’t with the recipe, there was a notation on what page the photo was on if there was one.

This cookbook would be perfect for anyone who enjoys cocktails as well as those who enjoy entertaining. It would also make a great gift.

Here’s a recipe from the cookbook, which I am sharing with permission of the publisher.

Planters Punch Recipe from Beach Cocktails

Planter’s Punch

Excerpted from Beach Cocktails by the Editors of Coastal Living. Copyright © 2017 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Time Inc. New York, NY. All rights reserved.

South Carolina’s Planter’s Inn often takes credit for this tiki cocktail, but it first appeared in print in 1895 in the book Modern American Drinks as Jamaican Rum Punch. Call it what you may—we call it delicious!

Serves 1


  • 1 1/2 cups crushed ice or 6 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) chilled fresh pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) chilled fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) chilled fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) dark rum
  • Grenadine (page 23)
  • Garnishes: maraschino cherries, orange slices, pineapple wedge, cocktail umbrella


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and add juices and rum. Shake vigorously to blend. Strain into a highball glass. Top off with a splash.

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