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Summer is the time to get together and have fun outside. In Central Pennsylvania, it has been super hot and humid the past few weeks with no end in sight. When I’m out in the heat, I like to enjoy a cool beverage or two from the following Top 10 Simple + Refreshing Fruity Cocktails.
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Fresh + Fruity Cocktails You’ll Love
Recipe from my mom! My mom used to make this recipe when I was growing up for special occasions, or just when it was really hot out, and it is so good and refreshing! I’m not sure where she got this recipe, but it was in her recipe box and has been floating around in our family since well before I was born.
- 1 - 16 ounce can of frozen orange juice (from concentrate)
- 1 - 16 ounce can of water (refill orange juice can)
- 2 - 12 ounce cans of frozen lemonade
- 2 - 12 ounce cans of water (refill lemonade cans)
- 1 cup of whiskey
- Put all ingredients in a blender to mix.
- Put the mixture in a long container (we use a rectangular Tupperware container) and freeze. Periodically break up the ice with a fork while freezing and during storage to form the slush.
- Once frozen, fill your glass with slush, and add clear soda, such as 7Up or Ginger Ale, until glass is full. Enjoy!
PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE
Recipe from The Beech Creek Hotel, Beech Creek, Pennsylvania. My niece, Mindy, turned me on to this fruity cocktail when we were at my cousin’s bar and restaurant, The Beech Creek Hotel. My limit is usually three drinks tops throughout an evening, but this night, I was ready to quit after just one Mike’s Black Cherry Lemonade. Mindy was enjoying this drink and recommended it to me, saying it wasn’t very strong, so I got one to try. This drink is so tasty it’s now one of my favorite drinks! I also appreciate that I can have one or two of these drinks and not worry about it affecting me. I know the Beech Creek Hotel didn’t invent this drink, but their’s is by far the best version I have ever had!
- 2 ounces Amaretto
- 6 ounces pineapple juice
- Splash grenadine or cherry juice
- Mix all ingredients, and shake or stir to combine.
BLUEBERRY MAPLE MOJITO
Adapted From: Healthy Recipe Ecstasy. I’m not much of a drinker, so I appreciate mocktails very much. However, this post is about fruity cocktails, which I also enjoy sometimes, especially at summer parties. I liked the unique idea of adding maple to this beverage, so I decided to adapt a non-alcoholic recipe to add to our list of refreshing summer party drinks.
- Two sprigs (about 15 leaves) fresh mint
- 2 tablespoons 100% maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoons light rum
- 1/3 cup blueberry juice
- Club soda
- Crushed ice
- In a shaker, muddle mint leaves with maple syrup and lime juice.
- Add ice, blueberry juice, and rum.
- Fill glass with ice, and strain drink into glass.
- Top off drink with club soda.
- Garnish with fresh mint and blueberries, if desired.
Recipe from MyRecipes.com. We made this spiked lemonade for my sister’s bachelorette party this month, and we loved it! If you try this recipe for a group of friends, make sure you have plenty on hand because this drink is extremely popular, even among those who don’t typically drink very much or tend to like fruity drinks. My sister actually didn’t think she would like this drink because she doesn’t usually enjoy fruity, sweet drinks, but she was pleasantly surprised. The sweetness of this drink is well balanced by the tart lemon flavor. The recipe makes only 3 1/2 cups, or four small servings. We doubled the recipe for our small party of four women, and that was the perfect amount for our painting party.
- 2 cups lemon-flavored sparkling water or club soda, chilled
- 1/2 cup citrus-flavored vodka, chilled
- 1/4 cup orange liqueur
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (we used bottled)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Crushed ice
- Mix the vodka, orange liqueur, lemon juice, and sugar well until the sugar dissolves.
- Add the sparkling water.
- Serve cold with crushed ice, and garnish with lemon slices, if desired.
PRO TIP 2: I don’t drink alcohol a whole lot and tend to drink the same drinks I know I will enjoy, since I don’t like a lot of alcoholic drinks. Therefore, I was a little lost at the liquor store, and I must have looked it! Luckily, a very nice store clerk there helped me pick out my alcohol for this recipe. She said I didn’t need to buy expensive liquors for this recipe, since this is a mixed drink. She was right, of course! I bought the cheapest lemon vodka and orange liqueur they had, and everyone loved it and didn’t notice at all! So save your money – you can buy cheap alcohol for this drink!
PRO TIP 3: If desired, you can put a sugar rim on the glass, as shown in the picture above.
BLOOD ORANGE MARGARITA
My favorite drink is a traditional margarita with a salt rim – Mmm, so delicious! However, once in a while, I want something different, and in the summertime, I love my sweet fruity cocktails. Plus, I love blood oranges, so I had to try this drink. This drink is not super sweet, since blood oranges are a little tart. I would say the tart/ sweet balance is similar to a traditional margarita.
Recipe from With Salt & Wit
LAVA FLOW COCKTAIL
The original recipe calls for frozen strawberries, which is fine in the off-season, but at this time of year, I just use fresh, since they’re in season and abundant at my local produce stand. This drink is another one that would please drinkers and non-drinkers (like my niece and I) alike, which is important at our get-togethers.
Recipe from The Chic Site
GRAPEFRUIT SALTY DOG
Right now is a great time to enjoy this fruity cocktail! My grocery store has the best red grapefruits right now. I love to eat red grapefruits with a little sugar. This time of year is so wonderful with so much produce in season!
Recipe from The Cookie Rookie
BLUEBERRY MINT JULEP
We found this recipe when our friend had a bumper crop of blueberries the other summer and we were searching all over for recipes to use them up. I love recipes that use seasonal produce, which is why I also included other fruity cocktails on this list that feature strawberries. Our local farm stand is bursting with fresh, locally grown blueberries and strawberries right now, so we’ll be making both of these drinks for our 4th of July celebration this weekend – along with the Spiked Lemonade, since we still have some ingredients leftover from my sister’s party.
Recipe from How Sweet It Is
STRAWBERRY RHUBARB GIN FIZZ
Here is another delicious strawberry recipe, which utilizes the ripe, red fruit currently in season and the rhubarb growing in my backyard with wild abandon after this spring’s prolific rains. I really like the sweet/ tart balance of this drink with the strawberries and the rhubarb. If you don’t like gin, you could very easily substitute another liquor. I like the unique pine taste of gin, especially when it’s hiding a little in a fresh, fruity drink like this one.
Recipe From: Kara Lydon
STRAWBERRY PEACH SANGRIA
I have been afraid to try to make sangria at home. I had sangria one time at a restaurant, and I wasn’t impressed – I thought it was too strong. This one contains peach schnapps, though, and has a nice, sweet, fizzy taste that should please those who like sweet and not-so-sweet drinks, as it falls somewhere in between.
Recipe From: Real Housemoms
When it’s hot outside, beat the heat by making these Fun + Refreshing Fruity Cocktails for your next picnic or party.
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