Hot Flashes and Cocktails

September 24, 2014
Hot Flashes and Cocktails

Some say that hot flashes are like mini vacations to the tropics. So we say that if you must bear those mini vacations, you should have a tropical drink in hand to match! After all, we want to help you enjoy your menopause years any way possible.

Here are some delicious cocktail ideas for those times when your internal temperature is inching toward tropical. You can also make these beverages without alcohol by simply leaving out the liquor from the ingredients.

  • Tangerine Drop. This recipe from Kathy Casey is a delicious twist on a more traditional lemon drop. Just combine ¼ of a tangerine, 2 ounces of mandarin vodka, 2 ounces fresh lemon juice and 2 ounces simple syrup. After combining all of the ingredients in a martini shaker, add the zest of the tangerine to the cocktail.
  • Dark and Stormy. If your mood is starting to match the name of this cocktail, unwind with a unique combination of 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice, 4 ounces of ginger beer and 2 ounces of Gosling's Black Seal Rum. This concoction comes courtesy of
  • Pineapple Mojito. This refreshing twist on a classic, created by Martin Sadlemire at the Wequassett Resort in Chatham, Massachusetts, features both fresh pineapple and pineapple juice. Sadlemire recommends using Brugal rum.

    First, muddle 2 slices of pineapple, four lime wedges and six mint leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, then fill the shaker with ice, 3 ounces of rum, 1 ounce of triple sec and one ounce of pineapple juice. Shake well, strain and garnish with a mint sprig.
  • Whiskey Lemonade. Lemonade is the perfect beverage to sip when you're passing a hot afternoon on the front porch, so why not add a twist? This cocktail, developed by Elsie Larson at, is a simple, perfect cool-off.

    First, juice two lemons into a glass (or a Mason jar). Then add two tablespoons of whiskey and ice, fill the rest of the glass with club soda, then add honey or simple syrup to taste.
  • Toasted Coconut Margarita. Also from the website A Beautiful Mess, this variation on the margarita takes the unique flavor of tequila and adds the richness of coconut for something unforgettable.

    First, cook 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes in a small frying pan until the edges are brown, then create the rim for your margarita by dipping the glass edges in honey and rolling in the cooled coconut flakes. For the drink combine 1.5 ounces of tequila, 1 ounce of Cointreau, 3 ounces of lime juice, 1 ounce simple syrup 3 ounces coconut milk and a splash of half and half.
  • Blueberry Rum Splash. This cocktail, from, uses simple ingredients for a beverage that is more like a dessert. First, cover the bottom of an old-fashioned glass or Mason jar with blueberries (frozen berries are fine if you can't find fresh). Then add 1 tablespoon brown sugar, ¾ ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice, 2 ounces of rum, crushed ice and ginger ale to fill up the glass.

    If the heat is coming on unexpectedly, you deserve a treat. Cool off with one of these exceptional cocktails and imagine yourself at the beach!

What's your go-to tropical cocktail? Share it with other ladies so they can sip on it during one of their “mini vacations.”

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