It takes one to know one, which is why bartender Nick Meegan, at Le Merigot Beach Hotel and Spa in Santa Monica (1740 Ocean Ave., 888-539-7899), California, developed the BLUE CRUSH cocktail (named after the surfing movie). The fruity libation is the perfect complement to the hotel’s “California Surfin’” package ($499), which includes a two-hour surfing lesson with Nick (who guarantees he’ll get you to hang 10), a massage, and the cocktail.
1 oz. Malibu rum
2 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. Grand Marnier
1/2 oz. curaçao
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake until very cold, and pour into a tall glass. Top off with a splash of blue curaçao and garnish with a long twist of lemon.