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Music Festival Inspired Cocktails

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New music, fire dancers and light shows make up the visual excitement of music festivals, but you can't get to every festival in the world without breaking the laws of physics. Bring the party to your home bar or kitchen with these cocktails that pay tribute to everything you love about EDM music:

Cotton Candy Martini

This martini celebrates the bright colors that are a staple of the music scene, whether it's some over the top cyberlocks, rave clothes or pastel kandi jewelry.

  • 1 ounce raspberry liqueur
  • 1 ounce raspberry vodka
  • Splash of champagne
  • Splash of grenadine
  • Fist sized portion of cotton candy
  • Crushed ice
  • Granulated Sugar

Put your martini glasses in the fridge or freezer to chill. Once they're cold, rim the glasses with sugar. Put a piece of cotton candy in the glass and set aside. Grab your cocktail shaker and put the crushed ice in it. Add a shot of vodka and a shot of chambord. Splash in grenadine and champagne. Shake until thoroughly mixed. Pour the mixture into the glass to melt the cotton candy. Not only does it look like cotton candy, this drink tastes like it, too.

Death by Cotton Candy

Don't use TOO much cotton candy, or you'll end up just like her. Image from Flickr user Eno world.

Nuclear Fallout

Black lights are a common sight at music festivals, so UV-reactive clothing, jewelry and drinks are popular in that scene. This glowing drink recipe will look right at home next to your glowsticks, and it tastes great, too. Tonic water is UV reactive, so it's the base for this cocktail. You need a larger amount of tonic water than you normally would on a tonic-based drink, since the more tonic water in the drink, the more it'll glow.

  • Bottle of tonic water
  • 1 ounce Blue Curacao
  • Crushed ice

Chill a highball glass, then fill it with crushed ice. Get 1 ounce of Blue Curacao and put it in the glass. Fill the rest of the glass with tonic water and take it to a black light. It's an easy drink to mix and it has a stunning result.

Fallout Shelter

Consuming in a Fallout Shelter is optional. Photo from Flickr user Bardsworld.

Aurora Glowing Cocktail

If you want to make your glowing cocktails really trippy, the Aurora Glowing Cocktail is the way to make an even more visually striking drink. It's a vibrant pink when you put it in normal lights, but when you switch the black lights on, it has a blue glow that reminds you of the galaxy. This recipe makes enough for an entire party, so hold a small music festival of your own.

  • 9 liters of tonic water
  • 2 liters of vodka or gin
  • 4 cans of concentrated pink lemonade
  • Cubed ice

Combine all of these ingredients together in a punch bowl, mixing thoroughly. After mixing, add ice to the bowl.

Punch bowl

Bonus points if you serve it in an ironically fancy punch bowl. Photo from Flickr user brianteutsch.

Summer Smash Cocktail

This vodka-based drink distils everything good about summer and puts it into a single drink.

  • 5 ounces of cognac
  • 3 ounces simple syrup
  • 2 ounces of lemon juice
  • 1 ounce of black raspberry liqueur
  • Lemon wedges
  • Mint
  • Raspberries
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice

Chill a highball glass in the freezer. Get a martini shaker and fill it with ice cubes or crushed ice. Add the cognac, simple syrup, lemon juice and black raspberry liqueur. Shake it up thoroughly and pour into the highball glass. Add the lemon, mint, and raspberries as a garnish.

Drinks with umbrellas and straws

Add straws and umbrellas at your own risk. photo from Flickr user Karen_O'D.

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