Mojitos at The Gulf in Orange Beach, AL

Travel Bloggers Cocktail Guide for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Does anything go together quite like a frozen cocktail and a sunny day at the beach?

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are known for a tropical beach lifestyle, and that includes our scrumptious coastal cocktails. No matter what your cocktail style - sweet and frozen, salty and on the rocks, or neat and smooth - there’s a unique local concoction you’re sure to love. 

To help you narrow down your cocktail chase, we’ve asked travel bloggers to dish about their favorite local cocktails. Scroll the list to find your new favorite or add them all to your next beach vacay for a trip you’ll buzz about.

REMEMBER TO COCKTAIL RESPONSIBLY

Many of our beachfront locations are within walking distance of the most popular restaurants on the strip, making it easy to chase that perfect cocktail responsibly. If you’re staying off the beaten path, be sure to assign a Designated Driver within your group to get everyone home safely. Better yet, arrange for a local taxi or rideshare so everyone can join in on the fun!

WHAT TRAVEL BLOGGERS HAVE TO SAY

Cocktails at the Ruby Slipper Cafe in Orange Beach, AL

“I've had some outstanding cocktails in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. On a recent visit, my vote for best cocktail went to The Royal Oyster for their "Mini’s Maple Magic." It’s a delicious blend of Maker’s Mark Bourbon, maple syrup, lemon, mint, and soda. Extremely tasty with just the right amount of sweetness, it's the perfect drink to sip on their laid-back, beachy-vibe, back deck.” - Shannon Entin, The TV Traveler

“The best cocktail to enjoy while in Gulf Shores is the All American Mule from The Hangout! It's super refreshing and the perfect cocktail to pair with The Hangout's amazing view of the beach.”- Brittany David, Sunshine Mama

Lulu's in Gulf Shores is known as a family-friendly restaurant. And they also have really fun cocktails! My favorite drink is the Jet Ski Killer (blended). Two kinds of rum, Blue Curacao, Pina Colada mix and banana puree...yum!” - Nikki Rue, She Saves She Travels

“My favorite beach cocktail is the Bloody Mary at Brick and Spoon.  It’s more than a delicious drink - it’s an experience where customers can customize their drink with their vodka of choice along with spices and seven veggies for one price. Then for those who want even more, they can add meat and cheese to their Bloody Mary for an additional charge, essentially making it a mini-meal.”- Lynda Self, Southern Kissed

“On mornings after a day of beach excitement, we have to go with the "Award Winning Bloody Mary" at Ruby Slipper.  There's something unique and interesting about the rich spice combinations in the house mix, which are far from the run-of-the-mill tomato juice and tabasco. To be really different go with the bacon-infused vodka or turn it into a Bloody Maria with tequila blanco.”- Lesli Peterson, 365 Atlanta Traveler

Lucy Buffett's LuLu's in Gulf Shores, AL

“My favorite drink in Gulf Shores was the Blackberry Mojito at The Gulf! Picnic tables on the beach, delicious food, and a fruity mojito - heck yeah!!! Always a winner - can't wait to come back!” - Heather Johnson, Food Hussy

“Our favorite beach cocktail in Gulf Shores is the famous Bushwacker from the Flora-Bama Yacht Club. Pair it with their Greek shrimp nachos and beignet fries and you are in for a treat!” - Bryanna Royal, Crazy Family Adventure

“When it comes to favorite beach cocktails in Gulf Shores, it is honestly hard to pick just one. There are so many epic beach bars and restaurants serving delicious cocktails it took a while for us to narrow down our favorite. One of our favorites is the Bama Breeze Cocktail at Lulu’s. It is refreshing, tastes amazing, and how can you go wrong with a cocktail from one of the best restaurants in Gulf Shores? Don’t miss out on a slice of key lime pie to go with your cocktail!” - Tammilee Tillison, Tammilee’s Tips

“One of my favorite cocktails on all the Alabama Gulf Coast is the ¡CLARO QUE SI! at Fisher's at Orange Beach Marina. Inspired by the beaches of Mexico and the hipsters of Austin, TX, this drink starts with Hornitos Plata Tequila then mixes in a touch of Luxardo Maraschino liqueur and a hint of Citric Acid, then finishes it all off with my favorite sparkling mineral water, Topo Chico. It's a nod to the Ranch Water cocktail found on menus throughout Texas and we have a similar Topo Chico drink called Claw and Order at Gov't Taco in Baton Rouge.” - Jay Ducote, JayDucote.com

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