I have the awful habit of complaining about how cold it is all winter, impatiently waiting for summer to arrive, and then proceeding to complain about how unbearable the heat is. I know, I know, it’s the worst. To avoid irritating all of the patient and tolerant people around me, I lean on the ocean air and, of course, refreshing fruit cocktails.
I’ve always been a huge fan of citrus in my drinks, whether it’s orange, lemon, lime, or grapefruit. It adds the little bite and balance a drink needs. But I’m beyond excited to start the summer off with these unexpected natural sweeteners like pear and cantaloupe. Plus, they look just as delicious shared in a large carafe as they do in your tumbler glass.
Grapefruit Sage Cocktail: This is one of the easiest cocktails to throw together, yet extremely flavorful. Only a handful of sage goes a long way with a splash of fresh grapefruit and a fine whiskey.
Watermelon Margarita: I don’t think you can go to any summer gathering where there isn’t a diced watermelon on the picnic table. So why not add some tequila and a chili-sea salt rimmed glass? The thickness of the watermelon puree will remind you of sipping slushies in your backyard.
Grapefruit Ginger Mint Mocktail: If you’re going to drink or serve a mocktail, this is the one. It’s bright, cheery, and sweetened with a mint simple syrup which can be a tasty addition to any other drink!
Pear Rum Blush: Sign me up for any cocktail topped with prosecco. This delicate drink is the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness.
Fig and Melon Martini: Typically when I think of cantaloupe, I think of savory bites with prosciutto and crostinis. But you don’t have to twist my arm to shake the melon with vanilla and fig vodka.
Strawberry Sangria: We can’t have this list without this classic punch, which is almost the international summertime drink. Toss any fruit you have at hand into this refreshing drink and you won’t be disappointed.
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