Sometimes there’s nothing better than sipping a cool drink to get through summer’s harsh heat. Luckily, along with the hot temperatures comes lots of fresh fruit perfect for juicing, muddling and pureeing. Next time you find yourself browsing the farmers’ market, head straight to fruit town so you can make these refreshing cocktails.
Watermelon is the fruit of summer. So why shouldn’t watermelon juice be a staple in your summer cocktail toolbox? Paired with simple ingredients like rum, lemon juice and simple syrup, the drink is citrusy, sweet and easy to make. Add black peppercorns as a garnish: The kick balances the flavors.
Strawberries and bourbon? Sign us up. While strawberries may be found all year long, this fruit reaches its peak during the warm season. With the addition of ginger beer and lemon juice, this cocktail is fruity and spicy at the same time.
The Caipirinha is a summer classic on its own, but why not combine this Brazilian cocktail with some fruit from your local farmers’ market? This Raspberry Caipirinha takes everything we love from this cachaça-forward drink and throws in fresh berries for a sweet-tart finish.
As much as we love sipping Sangria on a sunny day in the park, sometimes, we need a little more. The Front Porch Swing takes Sangria and loads it with vodka and St-Germain for a boozy and floral kick. The drink is perfect for serving crowds and putting to use that fruit that may be nearing the end of its days.
Looking for a way to elevate your spirits? Infuse them with fruit! It’s simple, and your cocktail (and tastebuds) will thank you. This recipe takes the classic Daiquiri and swaps in mango-infused rum. It’s a great way to celebrate summer while you show off your mixological skills.
The Jamaican Breeze: Doesn’t the name of this cocktail just make you think of a sunny tropical beach and skimpy bathing suits? Well, if you’re not lucky enough to be lounging in Jamaica right now, this cocktail could be the second best thing. Add some pineapple juice with rum (Jamaican, of course), simple syrup, ginger and bitters and you’ve got yourself a drink that makes any day a beach day.
You didn’t think we’d wrap this list with only one watermelon cocktail, did you? As we mentioned before, watermelon is the fruit of summer. This cocktail is a bit fancier than the first, adding wine, agave nectar and St-Germain for some crisp, sweet and floral flavors. To make the drink even more complex, mint, watermelon and lime juice are added and cucumber vodka is tossed in for double the refreshing goodness. If you don’t make this drink this season, it’ll be a cruel summer indeed.