Who needs a cocktail glass when you've got fruit? When imbibing your summer cocktails this season, ditch the glass for a more natural container, hollowed out fruit. Pineapples, watermelons, coconuts, these all make for a terrific serving vessel for your summer drinks. They are also guaranteed to impress your guests with your extra touch of creativity.
We love cocktails served in fresh fruit so much that we went ahead and rounded up the best of the best for you to enjoy the ultimate summer cocktail. Whip up one of these fruity drink recipes and let yourself be swept away to a faraway oasis of summer bliss.
1. Toasted Coconut Pineapple Cocktail
Cheers to summer with this fruity, tropical cocktail. It's got toasted coconut, it's got orange juice, it's got fresh pineapple, and it's got rum. It's going to be a good summer.
2. Pineapple Coconut Daiquiri
Summer vacation time means daiquiri time. While there are a plethora of sweet daiquiri recipes worthy of sipping, we can't pass on this one. Loaded with all the tropical goodness of coconut, pineapple, ice cream, and rum, all you need is a hollowed out pineapple and it's cocktail hour.
3. Pineapple Mojito
You put the lime in the coconut, oh wait, in the pineapple for this one. Fancy up your mojito this summer and ditch the glass for a sweet pineapple filled with a minty fresh pineapple puree, gold rum, simple syrup, and lime juice.
4. Pineapple Mai Tai
It wouldn't be summer without the quintessential tiki cocktail the mai tai, and we've got just the recipe for you. A splash of white rum here, some dark rum there, a dash of triple sec, a bit of grenadine, a splash of orange juice, a splash of pineapple juice, and a hint of lime all served up in one fancy pineapple. No cocktail glass required. Grab your reusable straw, you're going to need it.
5. Strawberry Margarita Cups
How fun would these mini strawberry margarita jello shots be at your next gathering? These little cocktails served in fruit may take a little more preparing than your typical strawberry margarita, but the look on everyone's face when they see the surprise waiting them will totally be worth it.
6. Pink Bikini
Pink lemonade just got a whole lot better thanks to this recipe. In a pitcher or shaker, combine raspberry lemonade, coconut rum, and amaretto liqueur. Then slice a coconut in half and pour in the cocktail.
7. Tropical Coconut Rum Cocktail
If I were stranded on a desert island, I wouldn't have a care in the world with this coconut in hand. To prepare this heavenly cocktail served in fruit, carefully drain and crack a coconut in half. Then in a shaker or the coconut if you don't have one, mix two kinds of rum, orange and pineapple juice, and cream of coconut. Pour all that goodness into a coconut half and top with freshly ground nutmeg and mint leaves for garnish.
8. Piña Colada
Does it get any more tropical than this? To make this delicious cocktail, combine rum, coconut ice cream, fresh pineapple, and ice in a blender - bonus points for using coconut rum. Pour it into a coconut and serve with a pineapple for garnish. Your paradise island vacation is only a sip away.
9. Frozen Cantaloupe Daiquiri
Of course we had to share a fruity recipe from tiki cocktail goddess Arsenic Lace. With four ingredients, a blender, and a rind, you can treat yourself to a little afternoon delight with this refreshing cocktail recipe.
10. Watermelon Frosé
Watermelon plus rosé? Now we're talking. This summer cocktail recipe is not only refreshing but it's incredibly easy to make. Freeze the rosé in ice cube trays overnight then toss it in the blender with fresh watermelon juice, homemade watermelon simple syrup, and some lime juice for a nice citrus twist. Pour it into a mini watermelon half and dig in. This slushy delicacy isn't just rosé, it's frose!
11. Watermelon Margarita
We love our margarita recipes, especially when served in fruit like this watermelon margarita. Refreshing, citrusy, and sweet, this is a classic cocktail to cool you down on a warm day. Just don't forget to trim the watermelon rinds in salt for the full effect.
12. Bloody Mary Mariachi Cucumber Shots
For those that love making a big fuss over Sunday brunch, this is the recipe made to impress your guests. Hollow out some cucumbers for shot glasses then fill it with a mix of fresh tomato puree, tequila, fresh lime juice, hot sauce, and a dash of spices. Just be sure to drink before you eat. Otherwise you'll wind up with a big old mess.
Did you know you could turn a watermelon into a keg? Find out how to make a watermelon cocktail keg here.
This post was originally published on June 7, 2018.