As a bartender, I have seen it all. From the classic cocktails to the trendy ones, I've mixed them all. But there is one type of drink that never goes out of style: fresh fruit cocktails.
There's something about the combination of fresh fruit and alcohol that makes for a refreshing and delicious drink.
Fresh fruit cocktails are perfect for any occasion, whether you're hosting a summer BBQ, a pool party or simply enjoying a drink with friends.
They are also a great way to incorporate more fruit into your diet, while still indulging in a tasty beverage.
The best thing about fresh fruit cocktails is that they are incredibly versatile. You can use any fruit you like, from juicy watermelon to tart raspberries.
You can also mix and match fruits to create unique flavor combinations that will tantalize your taste buds.
In this blog post, I will be sharing some of my favorite fresh fruit cocktail recipes that you can easily make at home.
These recipes are perfect for those who want to impress their guests or simply enjoy a refreshing drink on a hot summer day. So, grab your favorite fruits and let's get mixing!
1. Citrus Passion Fruit Vodka Soda Cocktail
The Citrus Passion Fruit Vodka Soda Cocktail is a refreshing and tropical drink that will transport you to a sunny beach. Made with muddled limes and mint, passion fruit simple syrup, citrus vodka, and passion fruit La Croix, this cocktail is a perfect balance of sweet and tart flavors.
The passion fruit adds a tropical twist to the classic vodka soda, making it a perfect drink for summer parties or relaxing evenings. The smooth and flavorful citrus vodka complements the passion fruit, making it a truly delicious cocktail. If you're a fan of passion fruit, this cocktail is a must-try.
2. Tropical Passion Fruit Moscow Mules
The Tropical Passion Fruit Moscow Mule is a refreshing twist on the classic cocktail. It combines Ciroc Pineapple, passion fruit pulp, and Barsmith Mix Lime Syrup to create a sweet and tart flavor that pairs perfectly with the ginger beer.
Served in a clear glass, the bright orange color of the passion fruit pulp is on full display, making this cocktail as beautiful as it is delicious.
3. Blackberry Kiwi Cocktail
The Blackberry Kiwi Cocktail is a refreshing and fruity drink that is perfect for any summer gathering. Made with fresh blackberries and kiwis, this cocktail is a great way to cool off on a hot day. The addition of 7UP adds a crisp and clean taste that makes it the perfect mixer for any cocktail.
This cocktail is easy to make and is sure to be a hit at any party. The combination of sweet and tart flavors makes it a refreshing and delicious drink that everyone will love. If you're looking for a fun and easy cocktail to serve at your next party, the Blackberry Kiwi Cocktail is definitely worth trying.
4. Smoked Fruit Garden
"Smoked Fruit Garden" is a unique and refreshing cocktail that combines the flavors of fresh peaches and watermelon with dark rum and Pisco. The fruits are smoked on a wood plank, giving the cocktail a slight smoky taste that is balanced out by the sweetness of the fruits and the mint.
The rim of the glass is salted with smoked sea salt, adding a touch of saltiness to the drink. The presentation of the cocktail is also noteworthy, with watermelon rolls used to create a beautiful bouquet. Overall, "Smoked Fruit Garden" is a must-try for anyone looking for a fresh and innovative cocktail that combines the best of both worlds – food and drink.
5. Passion Fruit Martini
The Passion Fruit Martini is a fruity cocktail that is sure to impress any guest at a party. This cocktail is a perfect blend of sweet and tart flavors, with the added bonus of a floating half passion fruit on top, making it a visually stunning drink.
The use of fresh passion fruit is essential to achieving the full passion fruit effect, and the addition of a shot of Prosecco or sparkling wine adds a fun twist to the classic martini. This cocktail is perfect for those who want a refreshing and stylish drink that is both sophisticated and down to earth. If you're looking for a cocktail that is sure to impress, the Passion Fruit Martini is a must-try.
6. Frozen Pineapple Dragon Fruit Margaritas
The Frozen Pineapple Dragon Fruit Margarita is a refreshing and healthy cocktail that is perfect for hot summer days and backyard BBQs. This tequila slushie is blended with pineapple juice and dragon fruit, making it a fruity and flavorful drink that both kids and adults will love. The vibrant pink color of the cocktail is sure to catch your eye and make your taste buds tingle with anticipation.
The Forked Spoon, the creator of this recipe, recommends not being intimidated by the dragon fruit ingredient, as it adds a unique and delicious flavor to the drink. If you're looking for a fun and tasty way to beat the heat this summer, give the Frozen Pineapple Dragon Fruit Margarita a try!
7. Blackberry Lemonade Margarita Smash
The Blackberry Lemonade Margarita Smash is a refreshing and delicious cocktail that is perfect for summer. Made with fresh blackberries and tart lemonade, this cocktail has a beautiful vibrant color and a sweet and tangy flavor that is sure to impress. The cocktail is best made with good quality tequila like Don Julio Silver or Patron Silver, and a sugared rim adds an extra touch of sweetness.
The cocktail can be garnished with fresh blackberries and a skewer, making it a beautiful addition to any summer gathering. If you're looking for a simple and easy cocktail recipe that is sure to impress, the Blackberry Lemonade Margarita Smash is definitely worth a try.
8. Orange Martini
The Orange Martini is a simple yet delicious cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. Made with freshly squeezed orange juice, this cocktail is light and refreshing with a perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess.
The frosted martini glass adds an extra touch of elegance and the fresh orange peel garnish gives a bright citrus aroma that will leave you wanting more. This cocktail is definitely a must-try for anyone who loves fresh fruit cocktails.
9. Blood Orange Thyme and Gin Cocktail
The Blood Orange Thyme and Gin Cocktail is a refreshing and bubbly drink that is perfect for winter. The cocktail is made with fresh blood oranges, gin, and a thyme-infused simple syrup, which gives it a unique and delightful flavor.
The gin used in the cocktail has an infusion of cucumber and rose, which pairs perfectly with the blood orange and thyme. The drink is garnished with a slice of blood orange and a sprig of thyme, which adds to its visual appeal. This cocktail is a must-try for gin lovers and those who appreciate a good, fresh fruit cocktail.
10. Pornstar Martini
If you're feeling a bit mischievous and want to bring some fun to the party, the Pornstar Martini is the perfect fresh fruit cocktail for you. This luscious cocktail is a combination of passion fruit, vanilla vodka, lime juice, and sugar syrup with a shot of champagne on the side.
Despite its risqué name, it's the flavors that make this drink so divine. The passion fruit liqueur gives it a unique character that blends well with the other ingredients. This cocktail is a winner and has become increasingly popular, particularly in the UK. So, if you're looking for a playful punch, the Pornstar Martini is the way to go.
11. Sour Raspberry Cocktail
The Sour Raspberry Cocktail is a tangy and refreshing drink that combines raspberry lemonade, lime juice, and lemon vodka to create a zesty and fresh taste.
It's perfect for summer gatherings and pairs well with fresh fruit skewers and flame-grilled meats. The cocktail is easy to make and can be scaled up to fit a pitcher. It's a must-try for anyone who loves sweet and sour drinks.
12. Raspberry Colada Cocktail
The Raspberry Colada Cocktail is a tropical and refreshing drink that is perfect for sunny days. This cocktail is a spin on the classic piña colada, with the addition of pureed raspberries that are painted on the glass for a beautiful presentation.
The combination of fresh or frozen pineapple, white or dark rum, lime juice, Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut, and coconut milk creates a smooth and slushy texture that is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day. The Raspberry Colada Cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves fruity and boozy drinks that transport you to a tropical island.
13. Rosemary Blueberry Vodka Spritzers
The Rosemary Blueberry Vodka Spritzer is a refreshing and unique cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. The combination of fresh or frozen blueberries, rosemary, lemon, and vodka creates a deliciously earthy and slightly sweet flavor that is balanced perfectly with a splash of club soda.
This cocktail is easy to make and can be customized with different herbs and fruits to suit your taste. It's a great way to celebrate the summer season or any special occasion. If you're looking for a fresh fruit cocktail that is both delicious and easy to make, the Rosemary Blueberry Vodka Spritzer is definitely worth a try.
14. Passion Fruit Vodka Porn Star Martini Cocktail
The Passion Fruit Vodka Porn Star Martini Cocktail is a fruity and boozy drink made with vanilla-flavored vodka, fresh passion fruit puree, lime juice, and passion fruit liqueur. It's not too sweet and has a balanced flavor.
The cocktail is served with an optional side of sparkling wine and was invented by legendary London bartender Douglas Ankrah. With its provocative name, stunning looks, and delicious taste, it's one of the world's most popular drinks.
15. Watermelon Margarita
The Watermelon Margarita is a refreshing and fruity cocktail that is perfect for summer celebrations. Made with fresh watermelon juice, lime juice, tequila, and a hint of jalapeño for a spicy kick, this cocktail is a healthier version of the classic margarita. Unlike other margaritas, this recipe does not require any added sweeteners as the watermelon itself is naturally sweet.
The cocktail is served with a salt rim, which adds a nice balance to the sweetness of the watermelon. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a sweet and spicy combination in their drinks. If you're looking for a refreshing and flavorful cocktail to enjoy during the summer months, the Watermelon Margarita is definitely worth a try!
16. Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade Spritzer
The Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade Spritzer is a refreshing and bubbly cocktail that is perfect for a summer day. Made with a homemade strawberry simple syrup and lemonade, this cocktail is topped off with a bottle of Riondo Prosecco for a fun and fizzy twist.
The combination of sweet strawberries and tart lemonade make for a deliciously balanced flavor profile. This cocktail is easy to make and is sure to impress your guests at any summer gathering. So, if you're looking for a fresh and fruity cocktail to sip on this summer, the Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade Spritzer is definitely worth trying.
17. Mandarin Vodka Spritzer
The Mandarin Vodka Spritzer is a refreshing and citrusy cocktail that's perfect for springtime. Made with fresh mandarins and vodka, this cocktail is then topped off with club soda to give it a bubbly finish. The cocktail is served in a low ball glass, making it a perfect choice for those who prefer a more casual drinking experience.
The combination of sweet and tangy flavors in this cocktail is sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more. If you're looking for a fresh fruit cocktail that's perfect for the warmer weather, the Mandarin Vodka Spritzer is definitely worth trying out.
18. Fresh Juicy Berry Cocktail
Fresh Juicy Berry Cocktail is a refreshing and vibrant drink perfect for summer. It combines vodka, blueberries, and sparkling water with strawberries and raspberries for a sweet and tangy taste. The crushed berries give it a beautiful purple-pinkish tint, making it visually appealing.
The addition of fresh-squeezed lime juice balances the sweetness, making it a well-rounded cocktail. It's perfect for outdoor celebrations, especially the 4th of July, and is a must-try for those who love fruity and refreshing cocktails.
19. Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail
The Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail is a refreshing and light summer drink that is perfect for those who love fruity cocktails. Made with an infused vodka of strawberries and rhubarb, and sweetened with a homemade strawberry rhubarb syrup, this cocktail is bursting with the flavors of summer.
The syrup adds a lovely color and sweetness to the drink, making it a great option for those who prefer their cocktails on the sweeter side. The use of organic vodka from Prairie Organic Spirits adds a unique touch to the cocktail, making it a must-try for vodka lovers. If you're looking for a delicious and easy summer cocktail, the Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
20. Strawberry Basil Lemonade
"Strawberry Basil Lemonade" is a refreshing and flavorful cocktail that is perfect for summer entertaining. This cocktail is made with fresh strawberries, basil, and lemonade, and can be spiked with vodka for the adults. The addition of basil adds a unique twist to the classic strawberry lemonade recipe, making it a standout choice for any summer party.
The garnish of strawberry slices and small basil leaves adds a beautiful touch to the cocktail, making it a visually appealing choice as well. Overall, "Strawberry Basil Lemonade" is a must-try cocktail for anyone looking to impress their guests with a delicious and refreshing summer drink.
21. Passion Fruit Margarita
If you're looking for a fresh and fruity twist on a classic cocktail, the Passion Fruit Margarita is a must-try. Made with fresh passion fruit pulp, tequila, triple sec, and lime, this cocktail is bursting with tropical flavors that are perfect for sipping on a warm day.
The passion fruit adds a unique and aromatic twist to the classic margarita, making it a refreshing and delicious choice for any occasion. Whether you're a fan of margaritas or just looking for a new cocktail to try, the Passion Fruit Margarita is definitely worth a taste.
22. Grapefruit Honey Sake Cocktail
The Grapefruit Honey Sake Cocktail is a refreshing and bright drink that is perfect for a hot summer day. This cocktail is made with Hakutsuru Sayuri Nigori sake, which adds a creamy flavor without overpowering the citrus base. The sweetness of the grapefruit and honey is light and refreshing and tastes like sunshine feels.
It is a perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors that will leave you wanting more. The lush and floral element of the sake adds a beautiful touch to this cocktail. If you are looking for a unique and delicious cocktail to enjoy during summer, the Grapefruit Honey Sake Cocktail is a must-try.
23. Homemade Cherry Limeade
If you're looking for a refreshing and delicious cocktail to enjoy during the summer, Homemade Cherry Limeade is a must-try. Made with real cherries and limes, this cocktail is free of artificial colors and flavors, making it a healthier option. The recipe only requires four simple ingredients, making it easy to whip up in no time.
This cocktail is perfect for sipping by the pool or bringing to a summer picnic. The combination of sweet cherries and tangy lime creates a perfect balance of flavors that will leave you wanting more. If you're a fan of fresh fruit cocktails, Homemade Cherry Limeade is definitely worth a try.
24. Pineapple Kiwi Mojito
The Pineapple Kiwi Mojito is a refreshing and fruity cocktail perfect for a hot summer day. This cocktail is made with fresh pineapple and kiwi, which are muddled with mint and lime juice, then mixed with rum and soda water. What makes this cocktail stand out is that it has no added sugars or juices, making it a healthier option compared to other cocktails.
The natural sweetness of the pineapple and kiwi is enough to give this drink the perfect balance of flavors. The mint adds a refreshing twist to the cocktail, making it a perfect choice for a summer party or a relaxing evening at home. Overall, the Pineapple Kiwi Mojito is a must-try cocktail for those who love fruity and refreshing drinks.
25. Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini
The Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini is a refreshing and fruity cocktail that combines sweet blueberries and sour lemon juice with vodka, triple sec, and simple syrup. The blueberries are muddled to extract their juices, giving the drink a beautiful color and unique flavor.
Served in a chilled martini glass with a sugar-rimmed edge and garnished with three blueberries, this cocktail is perfect for those who love fruity drinks and want to try something new.
26. Rosé Dragon Fruit Spritz
The Rosé Dragon Fruit Spritz is a refreshing and bubbly cocktail that is perfect for spring and summer. Made with dry sparkling Rosé, Fiorente Italian Elderflower Liqueur, mint, citrus, and dragon fruit, this cocktail has a light and fruity flavor that is balanced by the addition of sparkling water.
The elderflower liqueur adds a refreshing touch to the cocktail, while the dragon fruit and mint give it a tropical and floral twist. This cocktail is perfect for entertaining or for a girl's night out. If you're looking for a fresh and delicious cocktail to enjoy this season, the Rosé Dragon Fruit Spritz is definitely worth trying.
27. Aperol Spritz
The Aperol Spritz is a classic Italian cocktail that is perfect for any summer occasion. Made with Aperol, a bright orange Italian bitter aperitivo liqueur, and prosecco, this cocktail is refreshing and easy to make. Its bright orange color and bubbly texture make it a perfect addition to any party or gathering.
The Aperol Spritz is a great alternative to traditional cocktails and is perfect for those who enjoy a slightly bitter taste. It pairs well with appetizers and snacks, especially Italian ones. If you're looking for a cocktail that is easy to make and will transport you to the beautiful Italian summers, the Aperol Spritz is definitely worth trying.
28. Bionico Fruit Cocktail
The Bionico Fruit Cocktail is a delicious and healthy Mexican street food made with chopped fruits bathed in a sweet cream mixture and topped with granola, pecans, raisins, and shredded coconut.
It uses fruits that are in season, so you can enjoy different versions of this snack throughout the year. It's perfect for those who want to indulge in something sweet and healthy at the same time.
29. Strawberry Mojitos
Strawberry Mojitos are a refreshing and fruity cocktail that is perfect for summertime sipping. Made with fresh strawberries, mint leaves, lime juice, rum, and sparkling water, this cocktail is a perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. The homemade simple syrup enhances the natural sweetness of the strawberries without being overpowering.
The muddling of the strawberries and mint leaves adds a burst of fresh flavors that is hard to resist. This cocktail is perfect for serving at parties or for enjoying after a long day in the sun. If you love the natural flavors of strawberries and mint leaves, then you must try this cocktail.
30. Honeysuckle Cherry Smash
The Honeysuckle Cherry Smash is a delightful cocktail that is perfect for summertime sipping. Made with fresh cherries, mint leaves, agave, lemon juice, and ginger ale, this cocktail is refreshing and not overly sweet.
The addition of honeysuckle vodka gives it a unique twist, and you can even switch it up and use bourbon, rum, or plain vodka if you prefer. This cocktail is easy to make at home and is a great addition to any summer party or gathering. If you're a fan of cherry drinks, this one is a must-try.
31. Kiwi Margarita
The Kiwi Margarita is a refreshing and delicious cocktail that is perfect for those who love the sweet and tangy flavors of kiwi. This cocktail is a great way to change up your margarita game and impress your guests. The bright green color and mesmerizing flavor of this cocktail is sure to leave a lasting impression.
To make the best Kiwi Margarita, it is important to let the kiwis ripen for a few days on the counter, allowing them to become sweet and juicy. Overall, the Kiwi Margarita is a must-try cocktail for anyone looking to add a little something special to their cocktail repertoire.
32. Peach Lavender Old Fashioned
The Peach Lavender Old Fashioned is a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail that is perfect for summer. Made with fresh peaches and a homemade peach simple syrup, this cocktail is a twist on the classic Old Fashioned. The addition of lavender adds a subtle floral note that pairs perfectly with the tartness of the fresh peaches.
The cocktail is garnished with a grilled or bruleed peach, making it both visually appealing and delicious. If you're looking for a unique and flavorful cocktail to try this summer, the Peach Lavender Old Fashioned is definitely worth a try.