With their beautifully sweet taste and luscious juices, these strawberry cocktails are sure to make your next BBQ a hit.
When using fruit, it’s always best to try and go for the freshest around. Nobody wants a shriveled, sad-looking berry in their glass, right?
So, when they’re in season, make the most of it and try as many of these strawberry cocktails as you can handle!
But if you’re craving something sweet and boozy in the winter, try making this strawberry syrup using frozen berries.
It’s the next best thing and will last two weeks in the fridge.
A ‘smash’ is probably one of the most flexible drinks around. Why? Because there are no rules on how to make one.
Essentially, a smash is just a type of cocktail that contains ice and booze.
Many also use fruits, which I suppose you could say are ‘smashed,’ but plenty don’t.
I think the word is just thrown in when there’s no official term, like a daiquiri or martini.
So, in this case, you’ll start with a refreshing strawberry and lime base, into which you’ll add club soda and gin.
Feel free to use vodka or white rum if you prefer.
Mojitos are super popular right now, and you find them all over in many different flavors.
But one thing must remain the same in every place, and that’s the mint.
Mojitos are a Cuban highball made using white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint. It’s sweet, citrusy, and slightly herby to boot.
This version also includes fresh strawberries, which you’ll need to muddle in the glass with the mint leaves.
I’ve always been a margarita lover, and I’ll happily take one with or without fruit.
But when the sun is shining, and I’m relaxing by the pool, there’s nothing better than a cool glass of frozen strawberry goodness.
I love that this recipe uses frozen limeade concentrate because it means you’re adding flavor and ice without worrying about it watering down.
Where margaritas are made using tequila, ice, and sweetened with triple sec, daiquiris are made with plenty of white rum, ice, and simple syrup.
I happen to love tequila, but for those who don’t like that flavor, daiquiris are the best choice. They’re cold, sweet, and super hard to resist.
The best thing about frozen cocktails like this is that you can use frozen fruits. In fact, it’s better to do so.
That way, you’ll get more flavor and a thicker texture without adding a ton of ice.
My favorite recipe is half strawberry and half mango. Carefully pour them into a tall glass and give it a quick swirl for something extra pretty.
Cheap vodka has a pretty severe taste, but when you opt for something a little more pricey, you’ll find it can be smooth and rather tasty in the right drink.
It’s great in this drink because, unlike tequila, it won’t overwhelm your tastebuds.
That way, you’ll get the fruity and floral notes along with the sparkle from the prosecco in every sip.
If you’re not a fan of elderflower liqueur, which can be pretty powerful, try using Cointreau instead, which will give you orange notes.
The classic Tom Collins is a clean blend of gin, simple syrup, lemon, and club soda.
It’s very floral and zesty, so if you’re into sweeter drinks, it might not be for you.
Still, this strawberry version might change your mind.
You’ll use lime juice instead of lemon, and agave instead of simple syrup (use regular simple syrup if that’s what you have), and, of course, plenty of fresh berries.
This would also be tasty if you used that strawberry syrup from above.
Also known as a kangaroo cocktail (yes, really), the vodka martini is a variation of the classic, and it uses vodka and vermouth.
Unlike the classic, which uses gin, the vodka version is far less floral and much more smooth. However, both are very strong and an acquired taste.
But again, once you add in juicy, sweet strawberries, I’ll bet most people would happily sip on one or two f these.
I always loved the bright, vibrant colors and fruity flavors of tequila sunrises, plus I’ve always been a tequila lover.
Of course, the classic recipe is made using orange juice and grenadine, which sinks to the bottom to create that sunrise effect.
This version is pretty much the same; only you’ll also add strawberry puree to the mix.
Basil is part of the mint family, with a slightly floral yet spicy-sweet finish. It’s the summer herb, and it’s not just good in salads or on pizza.
So, if you want something botanical but not minty, give this gin cocktail a try.
To ensure you get the most out of the fruit, be sure to let it macerate for at least ten minutes. That just means it needs to sit in sugar.
I’ve been to my fair share of bottomless mimosa/bellini brunch dates, and I’ve found that most fruits pair well with a bit of bubbly.
In case you don’t know, mimosas are made using orange (or any flavor) juice and champagne, where a bellini is a heavenly mix of peach puree and prosecco.
Also known as a Rossini, this strawberry version is simply a mix of prosecco and strawberry puree. Again, you could use that strawberry syrup if you wanted to.
This quirky little cocktail is equal parts sweet, zesty, and bubbly, but you’ll also get a touch of savory flavor from the thyme.
Limoncello is a terrific liquor that packs quite a punch.
One shot of this is more than enough, and I suggest you start with half and then taste the drink before going all in.
If the strawberries aren’t super sweet, the lemon will probably overpower the whole drink. If that’s the case, add a couple of glugs of simple syrup.
Whiskey has a pretty deep flavor, and like vodka, the more you spend, the better it will taste.
Cheap whiskey is more likely to leave a burning in your throat, even when it’s mixed into a cocktail.
Wild Turkey is a whiskey-bourbon mix which is excellent if you prefer your drinks sweet.
Once you have your favorite whiskey picked out, shake it up with lemon juice, muddled strawberries, mint, and simple syrup.
What I love about this recipe is that it’s so simple. Just 10 minutes and a few ready-made ingredients mixed in a pitcher give you a cocktail that’s good for kids and grown-ups alike.
The base is a blend of ginger ale, limeade, and strawberry daiquiri mix, which is available in the freezer section, as well as the drink’s aisle.
Just be sure to get the alcohol-free kind if you want to keep this kid-friendly.
Then, leave a selection of drinks, from rum to vodka, so the adults can mix their own.
Lemonade is one of those refreshing drinks we all look forward to when it’s hot outside.
But how many times have you taken a sip and wished it had rum inside?
Too many to count, if you ask me!
Along with simple syrup, you’ll mix strawberry and mint puree with lemon juice, water, and vodka.
I used half lemon and half lime juice, and I also made a batch with white rum, which was so tasty.
Created by U.S. Strong Women and power lifter Lauren A. Tussey, the Kentucky Kiss was first made as part of a competition sponsored by the Bourbon Women’s Association.
Named for her signature red lipstick and Kentucky flavors, this cocktail is just as tasty as it is naughty.
Bourbon is a must in this drink, as is maple syrup. And if you want the most authentic experience, rim your glasses with bourbon smoked sugar.
Often when you order a pitcher of sangria, it comes with tons of fruit, and it’s got such a deep and intensely rich red coloring.
But since it’s usually made with red wine, it can be overwhelming for people, even with the added fruits and juices.
But this recipe is so light and sweet, you’ll have a hard time saying no to another glass.
Loaded with strawberries, raspberries, oranges, homemade strawberry syrup, and orange liqueur, there’s no doubt this baby is fruity.
Then, you’ll use rosé for a light and bright finish.
I’m not sure who decided that we can have mimosas for breakfast but not margaritas, but I guess I’ll take the win, anyway.
Unusually, this recipe includes both strawberries and raspberries, plus a half & half.
They all mix together to create a sort of sorbet, which adds a lovely creamy taste.
However, the cream does split a little when mixed into the champagne. So, I think I prefer this with straight fruit juice.
I was so intrigued by this recipe that I made a small batch before finishing this post. I’ve never seen tequila in sangria, after all.
Did I mention it’s ridiculously easy to make too? Just toss the sliced fruit into a pitcher with tequila and wine and stir. That’s it!
I ended up mashing the fruit a little to help release the juices, but that’s just because I wanted to drink it right away.
So long as you leave it for a good few hours, the flavors will marry pretty well.
Add sparkling water before you serve and enjoy!
One of the key ingredients for this cocktail is strawberry and lime simple syrup.
It has such a concentrated flavor that it’s the perfect addition for cocktail lovers.
Not only that, but it ensures your drinks are silky smooth.
Not everyone likes fruity bits floating in their drinks, and don’t get me started on how they get stuck in your straw.
The ‘spritzer’ part comes from a light topping of sparkling water. Add it over the gin and strawberry mix so that you get a lovely ombre effect.
I used lime, and my friend loved hers with orange.
But honestly, any flavor will work, even just tonic water or club soda, as the syrup adds all the flavor you’ll need.
A traditional lemon drop is made using lemon juice, triple sec, and simple syrup. It’s sour and zesty and lip-smackingly delicious.
But just like that spike lemonade from above, this version is a little sweeter and a whole lot brighter.
You will need a cocktail shaker for this so you can thoroughly incorporate the lemon juice, macerated strawberries, extra sugar, and vodka.
The recipe calls for Meyer lemons, which are smaller and sweeter than regular lemons.
They’re actually a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange, so the flavor is still super citrusy and zesty but way more mellow.
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