The Anatomy of a Spring Break Cocktail

Spring break is fast approaching (or, if you're lucky, it's already here) — and you know what that means, right? Booze. Lots and lots of booze. So, in order to help prepare you for the horrors to which you're about to subject your liver, we've come up with a handy guide dissecting exactly what goes into your average spring break cocktail. And I don't just mean tequila, rum, and delicious fruit juices; I mean everything that goes along with the tequila, rum, and delicious fruit juices. Spring break cocktails are complicated beasts.

The curious thing about spring break — or at least, spring breaks that involve tropical locales and a whole lot of partying — is that what you drink while you're on it often bears no resemblance to the sorts of things you drink when you're home. Regardless as to whether you're a beer fan, a whiskey connoisseur, a red wine enthusiast, or whatever, pretty much everyone drinks one very specific type of beverage on spring break: The kind that comes with a little paper umbrella stuck in the top. You may never drink them again after you get back from whatever getaway you've planned, but you will down them like a proverbial fish while you're on vacation. It's a fact of life.

You'll notice, though, that the one thing this extremely scientific diagram (by which I mean it is not at all scientific — not in the slightest) does not contain is regret. Sure, those little paper umbrellas may result in a few mistakes — but personally, I think we all just need to own it. No regrets, my friends. No regrets.

Bottoms up!

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