You will often hear the advice that fresh is best when it comes to mixing drinks and it is very true. Whenever possible, you should be using fresh fruits and juices in order to get the best cocktails possible. While there are some drinks that use just an accent of fruit, there are some that rely on them completely and those below are some of our favorites.
Among this list, you will find a couple of favorite drink recipes, those that we have all enjoyed for years, as well as a couple of new takes on popular drinks. Primarily, however, these drinks are all new creations, developed by talented bartenders and chefs to showcase fresh fruits of the season and they are a lot of fun to explore.
One note on fresh fruit drinks -- many times the fruit remains in the serving glass, such as the Caipirinha and Mojito. However, when you want a clean, pulp and seed free drink it is best to double-strain the drink to ensure that you've removed any fruit pieces.
How about a strawberry lemonade that is for adults only? This quick recipe is the perfect way to make that happen.
The Strawberry Berryoska is incredibly easy. All you need is a great vodka, some sliced strawberries, and fresh-squeezed lemonade. It's fun, fruity, and the ultimate in refreshing summer cocktails.
A favorite from the blender, this is one of the more popular daiquiri recipes out there.
The mix is an easy one: rum, triple sec, lime, sugar, ice, and a fresh banana. When blended properly, the Banana Daiquiri is a delight to sip on those hottest days of the year.
Looking for a fun twist on the popular Caipirinha?
The original recipe uses fresh lime, but this one adds lemon and blueberries to the muddling process, giving it a nice fruit kick that is perfect when blueberries are at their peak.
Summer would not be summer without watermelon and cucumbers and the two come together in one fabulous drink.
The Watermelon Cucumber Cooler is the epitome of fresh fruit cocktails. It begins with fresh-pressed watermelon juice and a muddle of cucumber. To this, the lovely Aviation Gin is added along with soda to make it nice and refreshing.
Pink grapefruit, pomegranate seeds, and an elderflower liqueur are the perfect (and easy) complement to a great vodka and that is all that you need to create this stunning cocktail.
It is fresh fruit at its best and sipping on a Crimson Crush on a steamy summer day is one of the great joys in life.
There are many fruits that could go into a fruit punch, this recipe just happens to choose one of the best fruits of the summer.
This punch mixes vodka with watermelon and pink lemonade and it adds a little bit of parsley for color and a little flavor kick that is both unusual and delightful.
During peach season the markets are filled with a great variety of the popular fruit and this cocktail celebrates the white peach in particular.
It comes from Chef Laurent Tourondel, who has taken the classic Mint Julep and added fresh white peaches and peach liqueur to the bourbon and mint mix. The result is a fantastic option for barbecues and pool parties.
The Mojito is a fantastic cocktail and it's a very simple recipe to play around with.
The Pineapple Mojito is exactly as it sounds and adds both fresh and juiced pineapple to the classic rum, mint, and lime drink. It is an easy variation that you can serve as an option to the Mojito.
This cocktail is a little darker than the rest, but it makes a perfect summer cocktail just the same.
The Blackberry Malt mixes a single malt Irish whiskey with fresh blackberries, lime, and syrup, topping it all off with sparkling water. It is refreshing and a great way to enjoy your whiskey all summer long.
Sangria is one of the fruitiest drinks you can mix and there are many ways to approach this favorite wine punch.
The Brazilian Sangria is a very interesting drink. It includes the typical red wine and brandy but adds cachaca and absinthe to the mix. The taste is truly unique and the best part may be that there are no rules to the fruit. Simply pick up a variety of the best fruits at the market and enjoy.