Strawberries are the ideal sweet summer fruit. They’re flexible enough to enjoy in salads, but are easily the star of any dessert. Some would argue that the best use of strawberries in the summertime are in refreshing cocktails.
If you are looking for the perfect strawberry drink for summer as you entertain or simply enjoy a summer evening on the patio, here are five to consider.
Strawberry Bourbon Smash
This drink is fruity and delightful- everything you want in a summertime cocktail. With a strong strawberry flavor and accents of lemon and mint, you’ll feel nothing short of refreshed. The recipe is enough for one cocktail, but you can easily multiply the ingredients and make this to impress a crowd.
Another winning combination of strawberries and mint comes together to make a refreshing summer mojito. Traditional mojitos are made with lemonade or limeade with mint, but the substitution of fresh strawberries is an extra fun option that adds a little pizzaz to this delicious classic.
Another bonus about this particular recipe is that it is great for people of all ages. There are directions included to make it with or without alcohol. Plus, these strawberry mojitos are free of any added sugar because of the natural sweetness of fresh strawberries. This is a superb beverage option for summer events like holiday parties, bridal showers, or baby showers.
Strawberry Mezcal Margarita
On a hot summer day, is there anything better than a refreshing, slushy cocktail? Margaritas are a fun drink to customize with different types of fruit and flavor combinations. This recipe is made with strawberries and mezcal for a fun, flavorful twist. Mezcal is similar to tequila, which is traditionally used in margaritas, but is made from an agave plant with a smokey taste.
Create your margarita with the right amount of slush for your preference. This drink comes together quickly in a blender and can be dressed up in fancy glasses or enjoyed from a mule on a casual evening. The combination of sweet strawberries with the smoky mezcal create a tasty summertime treat.
Strawberry Piña Colada
What cocktail is more typical of summer than a piña colada? Try this fun strawberry twist on a classic favorite. Making this drink at any time of year will instantly transport you to a tropical summer vacation. These drinks are created by two delicious layers of rum for a fancy presentation.
Frozen fruit is utilized in each layer to make creating this cocktail quick and easy. Even with making two separate layers, this is quick to whip up so you can get to enjoying it’s delightful tropical flavor even faster.
Frozen Strawberry Mexican Mule
While many of the previous drinks are great for any group, this one will appeal to a more specific crowd. This frozen concoction combines strawberries, a jalapeño pepper, ginger beer, and tequila for a sweet and spicy mix. It also has a bit a fresh lime juice in it to really enhance both flavor profiles.
Traditional mule drinks are served in the copper mule mugs, but this summery cocktail is pretty enough for glasses too. Depending on the event and personal preferences, these are beautifully garnished with strawberries, jalapeño slices, or lime wedges.
Take your summer up a notch with these 5 takes on classic cocktails using our favorite fruit.