17 Fruity Cocktails To Cool Off on a Hot Day

From tasting like vacation and a beach to just downright delicious, these fruity cocktails are exactly what you need in your cup.

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Do you cringe at the thought of sipping on a bitter martini? Do you find old fashioneds a little too stiff? 

Whatever your reasons are for avoiding classic cocktails and opting for fruitier drinks, we won’t judge you. We’ll help you out. You can get the liquor and supplies you need for your at-home bartending projects delivered right to your door with Gopuff

Not sure which fruity drink to try out? Check out these alcoholic drink recipes and start enjoying summer cocktails so sweet and tasty, you won’t even notice the alcohol in them. Tiny umbrellas aren’t mandatory, but we do highly recommend them.

1. Mai Tai

Sit back, relax, and let the fun begin with this quintessential “tiki” favorite. To prepare, add 1 ½ ounces of white rum, three-quarter ounces of curaçao, three-quarter ounces of freshly squeezed lime juice, and one-half ounce of orgeat to a cocktail shaker. After shaking well, strain the drink over ice, pour one-half ounce of dark rum on top, and garnish with a lime wheel and a mint sprig. 

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2. Hurricane

Transport yourself to the streets of New Orleans with this iconic NOLA drink. To make one for you and a friend, shake up 2 ounces of light rum, 2 ounces of dark rum, 2 ounces of passion fruit juice, 1 ounce of orange juice, one-half ounce of fresh lime juice, 1 tablespoon of simple syrup, and 1 tablespoon grenadine. Strain over ice in a hurricane glass. Top with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

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3. Piña Colada 

What’s a list of fruity cocktail recipes without the one that made you fall in love with sweet concoctions first? To prepare this tropical oasis in a glass, grab a blender and liquify 1 ½ cup of ice, one-half cup of frozen pineapple, 2 ounces of pineapple juice, 2 ounces of Coco Lopez coconut cream, 1 ½ ounces of white rum, and 1 ounce dark rum in a blender. Serve with a fresh pineapple wedge.

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4. Classic Mojito

Is there anything fresher than lime, seltzer, and mint? To make a classic mojito, muddle 1 ½ teaspoons of sugar and 4 mint leaves at the bottom of a tall glass. Add in some ice, 2 ounces of white rum, and three-quarter ounces of lime juice and stir. Top up with club soda and, if you like, add in a couple of drops of Angostura bitters. Garnish with lime. 

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5. Strawberry Margarita

Everybody loves a classic margarita, but we’d argue a frozen strawberry one is even better on a hot day. To make a sharing-sized batch, add 1 pound of frozen whole strawberries, three-quarter cups of tequila, one-half cup of lime juice, one-quarter cup of Cointreau, and one-third cup honey or other sweetener like agave to a blender and liquify. Garnish your glasses with salt and lime before serving.

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6. Tequila Sunrise

This ombre drink, reminiscent of a vibrant sunrise, is so beautiful you won’t want to drink it. To prepare, put some ice cubes in a glass and pour in 4 ounces of orange juice and 2 ounces of tequila and stir. Then add in one-half ounce of grenadine and let it sink to the bottom. Top with a maraschino cherry or orange slices.

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7. Sex on the Beach

This classic cocktail has a cheeky name and a peachy flavor. To make, pour 2 ounces of vodka, 1 ounce of peach schnapps, 2 ounces of grapefruit or orange juice, and 2 ounces of cranberry juice in a hurricane glass over ice. Garnish with an orange wedge.

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8. Singapore Sling 

You should definitely serve this famed gin cocktail in a tiki-style glass, but anything will do. Shake up 1 ½ ounces of gin, 1 ounce of Bénédictine Liqueur, one-half ounce of cherry liqueur, 1 ounce of lime juice, and one-quarter ounce of simple syrup and strain into a glass over ice. Top up with 2 ounces of club soda and garnish with a lemon wedge and cocktail cherry.

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9. Fuzzy Navel 

A fuzzy navel hits all of the right notes when it comes to sweet drinks. One part peach schnapps and one part orange juice, this drink is all fruit, no nonsense. To make, simply pour these two ingredients into a glass over ice and stir. 

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10. White Sangria

White sangria: the perfect way to day-drink wine (not that you need an excuse to day-drink wine). To make up a party-sized batch, combine one-half cup of peach schnapps, one-half cup of cognac, one-quarter cup of white sugar, 4 sliced oranges, and 2 slices mangoes in a large container and refrigerator for a few hours. Then, add in four bottles of chilled dry white wine and 1 liter of cold ginger ale. Feel free to add in other fruits you like and some ice to keep it cold. 

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11. Cosmopolitan

If you’re spending a lazy Sunday watching Sex in the City, you’re going to need a refreshing cosmo. To make, shake up 1 ½ ounces of vodka, one-quarter ounce of lime juice, one-quarter ounce of triple sec, and one-quarter ounce of cranberry juice with ice. Strain into a martini glass. 

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12. Strawberry daiquiri

Hot summer days need frozen drinks. This strawberry take on a classic daiquiri is the perfect blend—literally. To make, liquify 6 cups of ice, one-half cup of white sugar, 4 ounces of frozen strawberries, and three-quarter cups of rum in a blender. Then, pour one-eighth cup of lime juice, one-half cup of lemon juice, and one-quarter cup of lemon-lime soda like Sprite or 7-Up to finish.

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13. Pear martini

Sorry, appletini. There’s a new drink in town: the pear martini. Shake 3 ounces of pear vodka, 2 ounces of St. Germain liqueur, 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 1 dash of angostura bitters with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a pear slice. 

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14. Aperol spritz

The word “spritz” just sounds like summertime, doesn’t it? To make this bubbly beverage, you really only need ice and two ingredients: Aperol and prosecco. The official measurements from the Aperol brand itself are ​​3 parts prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, and 1 part soda. We’ll let you decide how strong to make it. Top your drink with an orange peel and serve cold. 

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15. Old glory

Please your guests at your Fourth of July celebrations with this colorful drink that’s equal parts sweet and patriotic. We achieve this balance with unequal parts vodka, coconut water, and lemon juice. To prepare, muddle 4 raspberries and 6 blueberries in simple syrup and then add ice to the glass. Pour in 1 ½ ounces of vodka and 2 ounces of coconut water, and stir to combine.

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16. Watermelon sparkler

Nothing says summer nights like watermelon and sparklers, so add this drink to your repertoire before your next gathering. To make, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and 1 ½ ounces of vodka, one-third cup of watermelon juice, and one-half ounce of fresh-squeezed lime juice. After shaking, strain the drink into a glass over more ice and top up with club soda. Garnish with mint leaves. 

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17. Chardonnay slushie

Some would say you shouldn’t drink wine alone. If that’s how you understand the phrase, then a chardonnay slushie, which is technically a cocktail, is for you. This recipe is definitely sharing size, so invite over a couple of friends to help you. To prepare, blend one-half of a bottle of chardonnay, 2 ounces of Grand Marnier, one-half of a cup of peeled, chopped pears, one-quarter cup of grapefruit segments, and tons of ice. 

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