Spice up summertime parties, planned or impromptu, with these delicious fruity cocktails! We've got simple ideas for all your favorite fruit, from raspberries to pomegranates to pineapple. With some crowd-pleasing serving tips, these beverages are perfect to pair with easy and delicious summertime food fare.
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1. Raspberry Rickey:This drink - mixed with red raspberry-infused vodka or not - quenches most thirsts on a balmy summer evening. Sip while savoring our strawberry-tomato salsa.
Complete How-To: Raspberry Rickey
Party Serving Tip: Chill cocktails with frozen fruit. Icy berries or grapes give sweet drinks the look of swanky martinis.
2. Pomegranate-Apple Cocktail:This versatile drink has several variations - serve it hot or cold, with or without alcohol.
Complete How-To: Pomegranate-Apple Cocktail
Party Serving Tip: Put your kitchen sink to work as a beverage cooler. Whether it's carafe or pitcher, bottles or cans, "guests will feel more welcome helping themselves to drinks," says Los Angeles caterer and event planner, Lulu Powers. Another plus? "Cleanup's a breeze."
3. Tropical Bourbon Fruit Punch
We used Jim Beam; one 1.75-liter bottle yields enough liquor for both this recipe and the Warm Bourbon Cider.
Complete How-To: Tropical Bourbon Fruit Punch
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4. Sparkling Cranberry Splash
This thirst-quencher - made from Portuguese white wine, a splash of cranberry-juice cocktail, and sliced fresh peaches - makes a refreshing aperitif.
Complete How-To: Sparkling Cranberry Splash
Party Serving Tip: Kick ice cubes up a notch. Freeze complementing add-ins like peach pieces, pomegranate seeds or sprigs of fresh rosemary in water.
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