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12 Fruity Cocktails You Have to Try this Summer

Refreshing, fruity and full of flavor

A nice fruity cocktail is delicious all year round, but there’s something especially satisfying about sipping a Piña colada in the sun during summer.

While a Piña colada is a classic summer cocktail loved by most, there are actually tonnes of fantastic fruity cocktails out there you can choose from.

Keep reading to find our top 12 fruity cocktails you have to try this summer.

1. Piña Colada

Homemade Frozen Pina Colada Cocktail

A fruity classic, you can’t go wrong with a Piña colada.

You will need:

  • White rum (50 ml)
  • Pineapple juice (110 ml)
  • Coconut cream (60 ml)
  • Pineapple wedges for an added touch of summer (1 per drink)
  • Ice (1 cup)
  • Sling glass (optional – any glass of your choice will work too)
  • Blender (for best results)

How to make it (easy):

  • Step 1: fill your glass about ¾ full of ice
  • Step 2: pour in the white rum, pineapple juice and coconut cream and stir until combined
  • Step 3: garnish with a triangular piece of pineapple
  • Step 4: enjoy!

How to make it (blended):

  • Step 1: add the white rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream and ice to a blender and blend until you reach a smooth consistency
  • Step 2: pour the contents into a chilled glass and add your pineapple garnish
  • Step 3: drink up!

2. Raspberry Cosmopolitan

raspberry cosmopolitan cocktail drink

You will need:

  • Vodka of choice (50 ml)
  • Champagne (25 ml)
  • Lemon juice (30 ml)
  • Honey syrup (150 ml)
  • Raspberries (a handful)
  • Ice (1 cup)
  • Martini glass (optional)
  • Cocktail shaker

How to make it:

  • Step 1: crush the raspberries down to a pulp
  • Step 2: add the vodka, lemon juice, honey syrup and raspberries to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake
  • Step 3: strain the shaken ingredients into your glass of choice
  • Step 4: top with champagne
  • Step 5: enjoy!

3. Tequila Sunrise

Juicy Orange and Red Tequila Sunrise with a Cherry

You will need:

  • Tequila of choice (50 ml)
  • Triple sec (1 tbsp)
  • Grenadine (2 tsp)
  • Lemon juice (25 ml)
  • Orange juice (75 ml)
  • Cocktail cherry (1 per drink)
  • Ice (1 cup)
  • Cocktail shaker

How to make it:

  • Step 1: add the grenadine to your glass and set aside
  • Step 2: add the tequila, triple sec, orange and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake
  • Step 3: add two or three cubes of ice to the glass containing grenadine and strain into it the shaken ingredients
  • Step 4: garnish with a cocktail cherry
  • Step 5: and serve!

4. Raspberry Mojito

fruit and raspberry mojito with fresh mint in a glass

You will need:

  • White rum (50 ml)
  • Granulated sugar (1 tbsp)
  • Mint leaves
  • Raspberries (a handful)
  • 1 lime
  • Soda water (110 ml)
  • Ice (1 cup)
  • Muddler (or spoon)

How to make it:

  • Step 1: add sugar, raspberries and chopped lime to a glass and gently crush the raspberries and lime using a muddler or a spoon (a muddler will work best)
  • Step 2: slightly bruise the mint leaves by clapping them between your palms and add them to your glass
  • Step 3: add the ice to your glass followed by the white rum 
  • Step 4: top up with soda water and stir a little to combine
  • Step 5: garnish with lime around the edge of the cup sprinkled with sugar and enjoy!

5. Hurricane Cocktail

Hurricane cocktail

Rum-based cocktails are perfect for summer. The Hurricane cocktail gives us serious tropical vibes.

You will need:

  • White rum  (25 ml)
  • Dark rum (25 ml)
  • Sugar syrup (25 ml)
  • Grenadine (1 tsp)
  • 1 passion fruit
  • Orange juice (50 ml)
  • Lemon juice (50 ml)
  • 2 cocktail cherries
  • 1 orange slice
  • Ice (1 cup)
  • Cocktail shaker

How to make it:

  • Step 1: add the white rum, dark rum and ice
  • Step 2: scoop out the flesh and seeds from the passion fruit and add it to a cocktail shaker with the orange juice, lemon juice, sugar syrup and grenadine
  • Step 3: shake until the shaker becomes cold
  • Step 4: fill your glass with ice and strain the shaker mix. Then, garnish the orange and cocktail cherries on a cocktail stick
  • Step 5: Sip away!

6. Pear Martini

Pear martini drinks with lemon

You will need:

  • Vodka of choice (50 ml)
  • Elderflower liqueur (25 ml)
  • Champagne
  • 1 pear slice
  • Ice (1 cup)
  • Cocktail shaker

How to make it:

  • Step 1: add vodka and elderflower liqueur in the cocktail shaker with ice and shake
  • Step 2: strain the contents into a glass
  • Step 3: top up with champagne and garnish with the pear slice
  • Step 4: and serve!

7. Appletini

Boozy Refreshing Appletini Cocktail

The perfect combination of tutti fruity and classic: the Appletini.

You will need:

  • Vodka of choice (50 ml)
  • Apple juice (50 ml)
  • Lemon juice (1 tsp)
  • Sugar syrup (1 tsp) Ice (1 cup)
  • 1 slice of apple to garnish
  • Cocktail shaker

How to make it:

  • Step 1: add vodka, syrup and apple juice to the cocktail shaker with ice and shake
  • Step 2: strain the contents into a glass
  • Step 3: garnish with a slice of apple and serve!

8. Lemon Basil Margarita

Lemon basil margarita

You will need:

  • Tequila of choice (50 ml)
  • Triple sec (25 ml)
  • Lemon juice (25 ml)
  • Sugar syrup (15 ml)
  • Ice (1 cup)
  • basil leaves to garnish
  • pinch of salt & sugar for glass rim
  • Cocktail shaker

How to make it:

  • Step 1: add the tequila, triple sec, lemon juice and sugar syrup to a cocktail shaker and shake until the shaker becomes cold to the touch
  • Step 2: strain the contents into a glass filled with ice
  • Step 3: coat the rim of the glass with sugar and salt and garnish with a basil leaf

9. Sea Breeze

Refreshing Sea Breeze Cocktail drink

You will need:

  • Vodka of choice (50 ml)
  • Cranberry juice (100 ml)
  • Grapefruit juice (100 ml)
  • lime for garnish
  • Ice (1 cup)
  • Cocktail shaker

How to make it:

  • Step 1: fill your glass with ice, about ¾ full
  • Step 2: pour in vodka and cranberry juice, then the grapefruit juice
  • Step 3: stir a little and garnish with a wedge of lime

10. Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

Red Frozen Strawberry daiquiri with strawberries and lemon

Perfect for keeping you cool in the sun and fun to drink!

You will need:

  • Rum of choice (50 ml)
  • Lime juice (25 ml)
  • Strawberries, crushed (250 g)
  • 1 strawberry to garnish
  • 1 lime wedge to garnish
  • 1 cocktail stick
  • Ice (1 cup)
  • Blender

How to make it:

  • Step 1: blend the strawberries and pour the purée through a sieve to remove the seeds
  • Step 2: pour the mixture back into the blender with ice and the rum and lime juice  and blend two more times until a smooth ‘slushy’ consistency is achieved
  • Step 3: pour it into a glass and garnish with half a strawberry and lime wedge using a cocktail stick and sip in the sun!

11. Blood Orange Sour

Two Cold Blood Orange Cocktail drink with Stirrers on Marble Bar Counter

You will need:

  • Gin (50 ml)
  • Lemon juice (25 ml)
  • Lime juice (25 ml)
  • Sugar syrup (a dash)
  • Half a muddled blood orange
  • 1 blood orange slice to garnish
  • Ice (1 cup)
  • Cocktail shaker

How to make it:

  • Step 1: into a cocktail shaker, add the muddled blood orange, gin, lemon and lime juice and a dash of sugar syrup with ice and shake well
  • Step 2: pour the mixture into a short glass filled with ice
  • Step 3: garnish with a slice of blood orange and sip away with style!

12. Rum Punch

Tropical cocktail in glass isolated with umbrella

Another rum classic, Rum punch is practically Summer in a glass.

You will need:

  • Golden rum (50 ml)
  • Lime juice (50 ml)
  • Orange juice (50 ml)
  • Sugar syrup (25 ml)
  • Grenadine (10 ml)
  • Bitters (10 ml)
  • 1 slice of orange to garnish
  • 1 cocktail cherry to garnish
  • Ice (1 cup)

How to make it:

  • Step 1: blend the strawberries and pour the purée through a sieve to remove the seeds
  • Step 2: pour the mixture back into the blender with ice and the rum and lime juice  and blend two more times until a smooth ‘slushy’ consistency is achieved
  • Step 3: pour it into a glass and garnish with half a strawberry and lime wedge using a cocktail stick and sip in the sun!

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Written by Brian N

Brian has been an influencer in the food and beverage industry for over 20 years. He not only loves to eat and drink at restaurants on a regular basis, he also knows the business inside and out.