In the Spirit: Fruit Cocktails

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Make summer days a little sweeter with these refreshing cocktails with a fruity twist.

Summer days around the lake go great with an ice cold beverage in hand, especially ones that bring out light, refreshing flavors with the right amount of sweetness that fruit can add. Whether blended and frozen or poured over ice, these fruity cocktails are made for a day on the boat, dinner on the deck, or any summer soiree.

Try watermelon in a sweet sangria made from a base of white wine or Moscato. Combine the sweetness of pineapple with the citrus of a mojito or bravely try the unexpectedly smooth blend of grapefruit and jalapeno in your next margarita. Whip up big batches for party guests, or relax with a single glass. Just don’t forget the fruit.

Watermelon Sangria

Serves 10

Ingredients

7 cups seedless watermelon cubed, divided

750 ml white wine 

1 cup vodka

½ cup triple sec

1 medium lime sliced

1 medium orange sliced

Place 6 cups of watermelon cubes in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Strain juice through a mesh strainer into a large pitcher. Pour the wine, vodka, and triple sec into the pitcher and stir to combine. Mix the remaining 1 cup of watermelon, the lime and orange slices into the sangria. Chill for 4 hours before serving.

TIP: Use frozen watermelon cubes and serve immediately after blending for a chillier concoction.

Pineapple Mojito

Serves 1

Ingredients

3 ounces rum

1 ounce ​triple sec

1 ounce pineapple juice​

2 slices ​fresh pineapple

4 to 5 ​lime wedges

6 to 8 mint leaves

mint sprig for garnish

Muddle the pineapple, lime, and mint in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice and add other ingredients. Shake well. Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Grapefruit Jalapeno Margarita

Serves 2

Ingredients

Kosher salt

1 jalapeño slice

1 tablespoon lime juice

1/4 cup silver tequila

3/4 cup grapefruit juice

2 tablespoons triple sec (orange liqueur)

1 tablespoon simple syrup (more or less, to taste)

Sliced grapefruit and jalapeno, for garnish

Rim glass with kosher salt. Muddle the jalapeño slice with lime juice in a shaker. Add tequila, grapefruit juice, triple sec and simple syrup and top with ice. Shake well. Strain into prepared glass filled with ice. Garnish with sliced grapefruit and jalapeno, if desired.

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