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Sunshine State of Mind—and Cocktails, too

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With the temperatures rising and Daylight Saving Time underway, we've got only one thing on our mind—sitting pretty by the pool or the beach. Let's face it: We could all use some sunny inspo—and serious Vitamin D—after a year of sweats. Below, our picks for everything you'll need—whatever your R&R style—and the matching cocktail recipes to boot.

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Surf-Shack Chic

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Surf girls, this one's for you: sun-kissed and totally casual-cool.

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Recipe: The Paloma

Ingredients

1/4 c mescal or tequila
1/4 c club soda
1/4 c fresh grapefruit juice
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 grapefruit wedge
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt

Directions

Pour some salt on a plate. Rub half of rim of a highball glass with grapefruit wedge, then dip the rim of glass in salt. Combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, and sugar in glass. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in mescal, add ice, and top off with club soda. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

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Poolside Polished

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Channel the glamour of the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel—and don't forget an equally chic cocktail to go along with it, like the hotel's signature Co-Co Cabana.

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Recipe: Co-Co Cabana

Ingredients
1 oz premium dark rum
1 oz Bacardi rum
1 oz coconut-flavored rum
2 oz coconut syrup
One fresh coconut

Directions

Scoop out the inside of a fresh coconut and set aside 2-3oz of the coconut water. Combine the coconut water with the other liquid ingredients and add a little ice. Pour the mixture into the coconut and garnish with a cocktail umbrella.

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Bold & Beachy

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Just because you're at the beach doesn't mean you can't go wild with the animal prints—this one is for the bold bohemians.

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Recipe: Mango Mojito

Ingredients
2 oz rum
4 oz mango nectar
1/2 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon sugar
5 mint leaves
Club soda

Directions
Combine rum, lime juice, mint leaves, and sugar in a cocktail glass. Muddle your mixture together until the mint leaves are bruised and the sugar starts to dissolve. Fill the glass with ice, top with mango nectar, stir to combine, and top with club soda.

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