craft cocktails in gulf shores

Its 5 o'clock Somewhere

We're sharing original drink recipes from our local bars and restaurants. Cheers!

From fruity, beachy cocktails to the infamous bushwacker (aka an adult milkshake), there are many scrumptious drinks to sip on while visiting Alabama’s beaches.  But, if you find yourself at home craving the coastal lifestyle, try one of these drink recipes from several of our local bars and restaurants. It’s always 5 o’clock along our shores; and these adult beverages will have you wishing your toes were in the water and your chair was in our sugar-white sand.


Beach House Painkiller

Courtesy of The Beach House
Type: Adult Beverage
Prep: 5 Minutes
Painkiller from the Beach House Gulf Shores
  • 1 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 1/2 oz cream of coconut
  • 1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1oz aged white rum
  • 1oz spiced rum

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake for 10 seconds Pour over ice Garnish with fresh nutmeg enjoy!

Blood Orange Mule

Courtesy of Anchor Bar & Grill
Type: Adult Beverage
Prep: 5 Minutes
blood orange mule Anchor Bar & Grill Orange Beach
  • 1.5 oz Pickers Blood Orange vodka
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 3 oz Big Jerk Ginger Beer
  • *blood orange syrup: equal parts fresh blood orange juice and sugar. Cooked together until dissolved

-Shake vodka, syrup, and lime juice. Pour over ice in copper mug.
-Top with ginger beer

Pink Pinapple

Courtesy of Playa Orange Beach
Type: Adult Beverage
Prep: 5 Minutes
pink pinapple dring from Playa Orange Beach
  • Blender fill with ice, about 4 scoops
  • 1.5 once vodka
  • 1.5 ounce tequila (silver)
  • 3 ounce lime juice
  • 4.5 ounces Fresh Victors Pomegranate & Cactus Pear juice Or (if you cannot find Fresh Victor) 4.5 ounces of Pom Pomegranate Juice 4.5 ounce Prickly Pear Juice

Blend until smooth, garnish with fresh shaved pineapple

Makes two servings

Gin Strawberry Lemonade

Courtesy of Ginny Lanes
Type: Adult Beverage
Prep: 5 Minutes
Gin Strawberry Lemonade Ginny Lane Orange Beach
  • 1.5 oz seersucker southern gin
  • strawberry puree
  • fresh lemonade or your favorite lemonade brand
  • Add gin and strawberry puree to shaker.
  • Shake and strain into tall high ball glass.
  • Finish off with your lemonade choice
  • Top with lemon slice and strawberry

World Famous Bushwhacker

Courtesy of LuLu's
Type: Adult Berverage
Prep: 5 Minutes
Bushwhacker from LuLus Gulf Shores
  • 2 ounces coffee liqueur
  • 2 ounces coconut liqueur
  • 1 ounce chocolate liqueur
  • 1½ ounces dark rum 
  • 2 ounces half-and-half
  • Scoop of vanilla ice cream 
  • 1 to 2 cups crushed ice
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Splash of dark rum (optional)
  • Cherry for garnish
  • Pour all liqueurs, rum, half-and-half, ice cream and ice in blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Swirl large glass with chocolate syrup.
  • Pour drink into glass. Top with additional splash of dark rum and garnish with a cherry.

Gin & Tonic

Courtesy of The Lodge at Gulf State Park
Type: Adult Beverale
Prep: 5 Minutes
gin & tonic The Lodge Gulf State Park Gulf Shores
  • 2 ounces Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1 Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic
  • 1 peel each of Lime, Orange, Cucumber
  • 1 sliced Strawberry
  • 1 large Basil Leaf
  • 2 Slices of Green Apple
  • Line the Glass with the peels of freshly cut lemon, orange, cucumber, green apple and strawberries.
  • Pour the Gin over the fruit
  • Gentle swirl fruit and gin together
  • Add the ice, gently stir, top with basil leaf(make sure to give it a smack!) Top with Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic

Strawberry Gin Fizz

Courtesy of Voyagers Restaurant
Type: Adult Beverage
Prep: 5 Minutes
Strawberry Gin Fizz Voyagers Orange Beach
  • 2oz Gin
  • 1oz strawberry puree
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 1oz soda water topper
  • Mix first four ingredients together over ice, shake vigorously to froth the egg white.
  • Either strain into glass of choice or pour all ingredients into glass.
  • Top with soda water. Enjoy!