Summer is almost here, so why not celebrate with nice, refreshing fruity alcoholic drinks? These recipes are very easy to make and taste great, so how could you pass them up? Go ahead and check out the list below and let me know the fruity alcoholic drinks that are your favorites!
1. Pink Fizzy
If you love your lemonade, this beverage should definitely be added to your list of fruity alcoholic drinks to try. The tangy-sweetness of pink lemonade and the carbonation from the lemon lime soda make this drink a crowd pleaser! Yum!
1 (750 ml) bottle Sutter Home White Zinfandel
2 cans (12 oz each) of frozen pink lemonade
2 cans (12 oz each) of lemon-lime soda
Lemon and lime fruit wedges for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl, and then serve.
Garnish with lime and lemon wedges if desired.
2. Vampire’s Dream
Get ready to sink your fangs into this drink, ladies! The tartness of the cranberry or pomegranate juice and the citrus-y flavor of the pineapple make this drink irresistible!
1 to 2 ounces (1/8 to 1/4 cup) spiced rum
3 ounces (about 1/3 cup) cranberry or pomegranate juice
3 ounces (about 1/3 cup) pineapple juice
Splash of grenadine syrup
Pour the rum, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine in an ice-filled cocktail shaker.
Shake vigorously. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice cubes.
3. Strawberry Champagne Punch
This is one of my favorites! The fact that this drink has both vanilla ice cream and raspberry sherbet sends this drink over the top!
1 liter sparkling champagne
1¼ cups fruit punch
1¼ cups ginger ale
1¼ cups orange juice
1 pint fresh strawberries
1 pint raspberry sherbet
1 pint vanilla ice cream
Chill juices and sodas before using. Then, mix juices, soda and wine in punch bowl.
Add strawberries and stir. Spoon in ice-cream and sherbet, mixing. Add ice ball preferably made of frozen punch. Garnish with strawberries, kiwi, and orange slice!
4. Cranberry Daiquiri Slush
Who doesn't love slushees? This recipe incorporates the flavors of cranberry, lemon and lime to create a tasty summer treat!
2 cups Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup lime juice
1/2 cup sugar (or to taste)
1/3 cup rum
Combine all ingredients in an 8-inch square non-metal pan; stir until sugar is dissolved. Cover and freeze 6 hours or overnight.
To serve, scrape a fork over the surface of the frozen mixture and spoon a heaping 1 cup into a 10 oz. glass. Add a little more cranberry cocktail and stir to form slush. Makes 6 servings.
5. Kiwi Watermelon Lemonade
Here's another recipe for you lemonade fans out there! Incorporating two unique flavors, watermelon and kiwi, you'll surely have a great time sipping this beverage on a hot summer day!
1½ oz. kiwi syrup (available at most liquor stores)
5 oz. lemonade
3 oz. watermelon juice
1½ oz. vodka
Garnish: watermelon wedge
**Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass. Garnish with a watermelon wedge.
6. Pineapple and Mango Rum Cocktail
The exotic flavors of mango and pineapple are infused into this drink. Pure fruit and juice go straight into this beverage and make this cocktail worth consuming!
2 1/2 small ripe mangoes, peeled and cubed (about 2 cups), plus 1/2 mango cut into slices with skin, for garnish
4 ounces best-quality golden rum
4 cups fresh pineapple juice (from a 4 1/2-pound pineapple)
Fresh tropical fruit, such as dragon fruit and star fruit, for garnish
Puree mangoes, rum, and 1/2 cup water in a blender. Pour 2 ounces puree into each of six 12-ounce glasses. Fill glasses with ice, and top off with pineapple juice. Garnish with tropical fruit.
7. Cranberry Pomegranate Sangria
This sangria has it all! So many different types of fruits and juices are incorporated into this one drink!
1 (750 ml) bottle of red or white zinfandel
4 cups of cranberry juice
2 cups of pomegranate juice
1 cup of orange juice
3/4 cup of simple syrup
1 apple, unpeeled, cored, quartered & sliced thin
1 orange, halved and sliced thin
1 lemon, halved and sliced thin
1/2 cup of fresh cranberries
1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds
San Pellegrino sparkling water
Combine all of the ingredients in an extra large storage container, taste and adjust flavors to your liking. Chill at least 4 hours or overnight. Stir before serving and transfer to pitchers or pour by the glass. Use a pair of tongs to extract some of the fruit for each glass, add ice to each glass, and fill glasses, leaving about an inch of free space at the top. Top each glass off with a splash of Pellegrino and lightly stir.
8. Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer
This beverage has a humorous name, but it's pretty darn tasty too! Fruity and delicious, you can't pass this one up!
5 cups of orange juice
2 cups lemon-lime soda chilled
1 ½ cups vodka
½ cup maraschino cherry juice
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
Lemon slices and rosemary sprigs for garnish
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Then serve over ice. Garnish if desired.
I really want to try this one! I love blackberries! It's a must try for any berry-lover! Plus, it's a pretty easy cocktail to make!
3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 large blackberries
1 ounce crème de mûre
1 1/2 ounces dry gin, such as Plymouth
Combine the lemon juice and blackberries in a rocks glass and muddle until the berries are broken up.
Add some crushed ice and the crème de mûre and gin, stir to combine, and serve.
10. Strawberry Coconut Daiquiri
How could I forget coconut? This daiquiri recipe puts a nice twist on the original strawberry daiquiri. The coconut rum really adds an extra kick to the drink!
2 1/2 cup(s) (about 12 ounces) chopped fresh or frozen (not thawed) strawberries
3 tablespoon(s) sugar
2 tablespoon(s) lime juice
3 cup(s) ice cubes
3/4 cup(s) coconut-flavored rum, such as Malibu
Combine strawberries, sugar, and lime juice together in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add ice cubes and rum and blend until frothy. Transfer mixture to a pitcher and serve.
11. Passion Fruit Mojito
If you're looking for a refreshing cocktail to serve at your next girly night, this is the one. The combination of mint and passion fruit is tasty and sure to please everyone.
2 ounces passion fruit mojito mix
1 ounce white rum
Mint and lime
Shake the mojito mix and rum with the ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into tall glasses and top off with club soda. Garnish each with a sprig of mint and a lime slice.
12. Plantation Punch
This is a really old recipe that has been around a long time. You may never have heard of it before, but one sip and you'll be wondering where it has been all your life.
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup dark rum
2 tablespoons pineapple juice
1 tablespoon Amaretto
1 tablespoon grenadine
Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker. Pour over ice in tall glasses and garnish with twisted orange peels.
13. Cool Blue Hawaiian
If you like your drinks colorful, this one will not let you down. It's bright blue hue is fun to look at and the drink itself is pretty wonderful too. This one is perfect for a day in the backyard!
4 cups ice
1 cup chilled pineapple juice
1/2 cup blue curacao
1/2 cup rum
1/2 cup cream of coconut
4 pineapple slices
4 maraschino cherries
Place the ice, pineapple juice, blue curacao, rum and cream of coconut into a blender and puree until smooth. Divide evenly among 4 glasses and garnish each with a pineapple slice and a cherry.
14. Banana Boat
Can't get enough bananas? They sure are a tasty tropical fruit and they are perfect for cocktails because they blend so well with other ingredients. You will love this. I promise!
1 ounce coconut rum
1 ounce banana liquer
Pour the rum and liquer over ice in a tall glass. Fill with pineapple juice.
15. Purple People Eater
Not only does this drink have a fruity flavor, but it's also a really great color and fun to order in the bar. You can make it yourself at home too, so you can indulge a craving anytime the mood strikes.
2 ounces Chambord liquer
1 ounce blackberry brandy
1 ounce cherry brandy
1 ounce amaretto
1 ounce citrus flavored vodka
Orange, pineapple and grapefruit juice
Pour the alcohol ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Add a splash of each of the juices. Shake and strain the cocktail into ice-filled glasses.
Aren't the names for cocktails funny sometimes? This one tastes great, but you'll wonder where the name came from. This is a fun cocktail to sip, but be careful. It will get you into trouble if toss back too many of them.
1 ounce peach schnapps
1 ounce melon flavored liqueur
3 drops Irish cream
Combine the peach schnapps and liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Drizzle in the drops of Irish cream.
17. Strawberry Gin Sour
If gin is your liquor of choice, you are going to find this cocktail mouthwatering. It's got just the right amount of pucker and and fruity flavors and will set the mood for a festive occasion any time you want to have one.
1 1/2 ounces gin
1 ounce simple syrup
Muddle the strawberries, simply syrup and the juice from the lemon in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and the gin and shake the mixture well to combine. Pour the drink with the ice into a glass and garnish with a lemon wedge.
So, ladies, have you tried any of these beverages? If so, which ones, and did you enjoy them? If not, which ones would you like to try? Also, feel free to offer up another fruity cocktail recipe!
This article written in collaboration with editor, Eliza Martinez