by Meghan Hall

The time for back to school planning and shopping, for many, has already begun. For students, this is a dreaded time of year. On the other hand, many parents are leaping for joy knowing they soon will not have worry about keeping their kids occupied for most of the day. This can be a busy and stressful time. So, what better time to plan a fun and stress-free back to school party?


With all that is going on, now is not the time to make a four-course meal. Just serve a few different cocktails and make some no-fail hors d’oeuvres. I guarantee everyone will be happy! The hors d’oeuvres are up to you, but I have a few summer cocktails that will have your guests begging for more.

What says end of summer better than a fruity cocktail? With these 3 different cocktails, there is something for everyone. National Piña Colada Day might have already passed, but that doesn’t mean you and your guests can’t enjoy one. For guests who don’t like coconut, the Hawaiian Mai Tai is a must. Finally, if your guest likes strawberries, they will love this strawberry daiquiri recipe. So, invite some friends over, break out your blender and cocktail shaker, and get mixing!

The Original Caribe Hilton Piña Colada

2 oz white rum

1 oz cream of coconut

1 oz heavy cream

6 oz fresh pineapple juice

½ cup crushed ice

Add the rum, cream of coconut, heavy cream and pineapple juice together in a blender. Add the ice, and blend for about 15 seconds or until smooth. Serve in a 12-ounce glass, garnished with a pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry.

Hawaiian Mai Tai

1 oz Light Rum

1 oz Dark Rum

Large splash Orange Curacao

Splash Orgeat Syrup

Splash (1/4 ounce) sweet and sour mix

2 -3 oz Pineapple Juice

Stir all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Pour into a Mai Tai glass or mug. Top with a splash of dark rum. Garnish with a fresh chunk of pineapple.

Hayman Signature Cocktail Strawberry Daiquiri

30 mL Bacardi rum

15 mL Lime juice

30 mL Sugar syrup

100 mL Strawberry puree

Stir all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Pour into a Martini glass and garnish with a lime.

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Meghan Hall, an East Carolina University graduate, is currently a Junior Editor Intern at Author’s Boutique. She is looking forward to getting one step closer to her dream of becoming an editor by entering a Master’s program next fall.