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Newman-Dailey Happy Hours Provide Creative Cocktail Ideas for Destin Vacations

At Newman-Dailey, our team enjoys toasting sunset with delicious libations. We’ve participated in our share of beach bonfires and sunset happy hours along the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida. As such, one of the things that got us through quarantine during COVID-19 was our "Dailey Happy Hour" at the Beach series. We had the joy of stepping out on the deck and enjoying the coastal breeze and sounds of the surf while we made some of our favorite happy hour concoctions. Check out these creative sunset cocktail ideas for your next Destin vacation.

A beach drink

Be Free Sunset Cocktail

We kicked off our series with our favorite Newman-Dailey signature drink, Be Free Sunset Cocktail. We’ve been serving this delicious libation at our booth at Best of the Emerald Coast and are honored to get to see our friends, clients, guests, and owners and are honored to celebrate our designation as the “Best Property Management Company” and “Best Vacation Rental Company” by the readers of Emerald Coast Magazine. Prepare with your favorite vodka, such as Tito’s Handmade Vodka or Wheatley’s Handmade Vodka by Buffalo Trace, and enjoy this deliciously refreshing sunset cocktail. Click here for our YouTube video demonstration. 

Lemon Drop Martini

Lemon Drop Martini

When life serves you lemons, we say make a Lemon Drop Martini and enjoy a sunset toast—everything is sure to look better in the morning. Check out this simple lemon drop martini made with lemon-infused vodka, a staff favorite. Click here for our YouTube video demo to make this deliciously tart libation.  


Homemade Margarita

As part of embracing the “new norm”, we learned to do things on our own, including celebrating Cinco de Mayo with homemade margaritas and "take out" from our favorite local restaurants. As part of our Dailey Happy Hour series, we’ve shared our recipe for creating a deliciously fresh margarita with ingredients you may have at home. CLICK HERE to view our recipe for a homemade margarita that is light and refreshing—perfect for a sunset toast for Cinco De Mayo at the beach or watch our YouTube video to see this cocktail created on the deck overlooking the beach. 

Spicy Pineapple Cocktail

Spicy Pineapple Cocktail

The pineapple is the perfect fruit to eat on a hot summer day. Even more, pineapples are also considered an expression of hospitality and a symbol of “warm welcomes”, making it the perfect ingredient for a sunset cocktail. We think the Spicy Pineapple Cocktail will have you feeling the warmth of sunshine and coastal vibes whether you’re enjoying it at the beach or at home. Watch our YouTube Video to see this drink made in person.


Rosemary By the Sea Cocktail

When you slow down long enough to breathe deep and stop rushing to the next appointment or next task, it is easier to make time for the details. And when you’re enjoying a beach vacation, it’s a great time to slow down and enjoy a sunset happy hour. In Walton and Okaloosa County, we are blessed with a wealth of local farmers that reward us with the freshest produce available. As such, we enjoy infusing local ingredients to create the freshest beach cocktails. We created a recipe for the Rosemary By the Sea cocktail for our Dailey Happy Hour series and created a YouTube Video of us making this refreshingly delicious cocktail.


Strawberry Mojito

One of our favorite sunset beach cocktails is our strawberry mojito.  As part of our “Dailey Happy Hour” series, we shared our strawberry mojito recipe and filmed it on the deck. CLICK HERE to join us in a toast and hear our recipe for a strawberry mojito.  

wine and cheeses

Wine & Cheese Pairing

In honor of the Destin Charity Wine Auction, we partnered with featured vintner Dakota Shy for a wine and cheese pairing. Check out our Wine & Cheese pairing on YouTube for delicious suggestions on wines that pair perfectly with sunset at the beach. 

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Plan Your Sunset Happy Hour at the Beach

Now that we’ve provided suggestions for your sunset beverage, you’re ready to toast sunset at the beach. Start planning your South Walton or Destin vacation by viewing our collection of vacation rentals online or call one of our friendly vacation specialists at 1-800-225-7652. Remember to always book direct with Newman-Dailey for our best rate guarantee. 

See you @ the beach!