Savoring Home: 5 fruity summer cocktails

Two weeks ago, I wrote a post about my favorite summer fruit dessert recipes. (You can read the original post right here.) Wow, it was a popular post, with a record number of hits! I had no idea that you all were such fruit fans. Or maybe you’re all just huge dessert fans. Either way, I’m glad to know I’m not alone.

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To follow up that post, I thought I’d pull together some of my favorite fruity cocktails. You’ll notice that I’ve posted this on a Thursday. I wanted to give you all time to go to the store before your TGIF cocktail hour. Plenty of time to visit the produce section of the grocery store and that other store that sometimes, on really good days, requires you to show an id.

Here, in no particular order, are linked recipes for some truly fabulous adult beverages to celebrate the end of your summer work week:


Mr. CARO is huge Hispanophile (Yes, that’s a real word. I checked.), so sangria is always a hit in our home. I have made this recipe for parties and had our native Spanish friends ask me for the recipe because it was better than their own. What could be better than that kind of endorsement? Nada.

June Bug

I would have never thought of putting orange sherbet in a cocktail, but it is oh so nice. This is a great recipe that can be non-alcoholic or, as they say, “fully loaded”. Just make sure you don’t mix up the glasses!

Frozen Gin Lemonade

Did you see yesterday’s post about other uses for lemons? (You can read about it right here.) Now you can add one more idea to your list of ways to use up extra lemons. In case it matters, this recipe is vegan. Yeah. Just try not to give yourself “brain freeze”.

Watermelon-Lime Cooler

What are going to do with the other half of that watermelon? I’m sure you’ll think of something… This is another one of those can-be-non-alcoholic cocktail recipes, but who are we kidding? It’s hot and getting the vodka out is another excuse to open the freezer door.

Peach Bourbon Sour

A close examination of this recipe reveals that it can be made with peach, blackberry, apricot or ginger preserves. You can have a nice cocktail and be cleaning out those jams in the fridge. That is some impressive multitasking!

Have a great beverage recipe that you’d like to share? Feel free to put a link in the comments section. The more, the merrier! Cheers!

Posted on July 21, 2011, in Food, Recipes. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. My husband loves anything with Bourbon in it, but I find it a little harsh. I hope the Peach Bourbon Sour will be a compromise for us both. I can’t wait to try it!

  2. How could you leave out strawberries?

    This recipe is a big hit at our house:

    Can’t wait ’til Friday!

    • You are right, Janice! That was a glaring omission.
      Strawberries barely last a day in our house. Sometimes just getting them into a bowl is an accomplishment, yet alone muddling them for a cocktail. We’ll have to try your recipe to see what we’ve been missing!

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