Slideshow: 22 Ways To Use Summer Fruit in Cocktails

Sour Cherry Caipirinha
Sour Cherry Caipirinha
As summer days get hot, this cachaça cocktail made tart with muddled sour cherries and fresh lime juice is just the right refreshment.

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Raspberry Rum Iced Tea
Raspberry Rum Iced Tea
This pitcher of raspberry iced tea starts with an easy raspberry syrup and gets party-ready with the addition of both light and dark rum.

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Fresh Watermelon Margaritas
Fresh Watermelon Margaritas
Seedless watermelon is great for summer drinks because there's so much liquid in the fruit itself. Just pop some ripe chunks in the blender with a little kosher salt to bring out the sweetness. We added a little elderflower liqueur instead of triple sec to complement the floral side of the melon.

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Lillet Rouge and Cherry Cocktail
Lillet Rouge and Cherry Cocktail
Lillet Rouge is an aperitif that's lovely with muddled cherries and a touch of citrus. If you like sangria, you should put this slightly more complex-tasting cocktail on your must-make list.

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Strawberry Sake Cocktail
Strawberry Sake Cocktail
Muddled strawberries and mint make this crimson cocktail delicious. Sake adds a delicate richness—there's not too much alcohol in this drink, so you can have two.

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Apricot and Mint Cocktail
Apricot and Mint Cocktail
The color alone makes this apricot and gin cocktail appealing, and the fragrance will really draw you in. We like how well Hendrick's gin goes with the mint in this drink, but you can use whichever gin you have on hand.

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Sparkling Strawberry Sangria
Sparkling Strawberry Sangria
This bubbly sangria gets a lovely strawberry flavor from a quick simple syrup. Cava makes a great, affordable base, though you can also use prosecco or any other sparkling wine you have on hand. Garnish with more strawberries and other seasonal fruit—this recipe leaves you some room for improvisation.

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Plum Spiced Hard Cider
Plum Spiced Hard Cider
Plums, spiced with cinnamon, maple syrup, and star anise, are excellent when combined with hard cider and applejack in this tall, brunch-friendly cocktail.

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Perfect Peach
Perfect Peach
Ripe peaches and cherries, muddled together, make the backbone of this fruity rum cocktail. Demerara syrup adds more complex flavor than your standard simple.

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DIY Strawberry Liqueur
DIY Strawberry Liqueur
Preserve summer's precious berries in a naturally flavored homemade liqueur. It's delicious with sparkling wine or seltzer, or used in the place of orange liqueur in classic cocktails.

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Lucy Basilia
Lucy Basilia
This juicy muddled blackberry cocktail from Lucy's Fried Chicken in Austin, Texas has a light herbal side from a bunch of fresh basil. They make it with vodka, but we bet it would be nice with gin, too.

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Fresh Cantaloupe Margaritas
Fresh Cantaloupe Margaritas
The understated sweetness of cantaloupe is even better with a touch of lime, and it's easy to make these perfectly balanced cocktails for a crowd by using your handy-dandy blender.

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Rhubarb-Strawberry Margaritas
Rhubarb-Strawberry Margaritas
If you're tired of pie, put your strawberries and rhubarb into a flavorful simple syrup, then add lime, tequila, Cointreau, and orange bitters to make a pitcher of these tangy margaritas.

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Blackberry Margarita
Blackberry Margarita
We love a traditional margarita, but it's hard to resist a variation flavored with fresh fruit. Muddled blackberries lend sweet-tart flavor and vivid color to this cocktail—don't forget the salted rim!

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Blackberry Royal
Blackberry Royal
This cocktail from The Spotted Pig in New York is more complex than it looks—this is a cocktail drinker's cocktail, not a syrupy Kir Royale.

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Watermelon Sangria
Watermelon Sangria
This fresh and fun sangria starts by tossing watermelon cubes in a blender. The addition of tart white wine, a little lime, and rum makes for a perfectly cooling pitcher drink.

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DIY Peach Liqueur
DIY Peach Liqueur
Capture the flavor of ripe peaches in this homemade liqueur. It's super-easy to make: all you need is vodka, lemon, sugar, water, and a little time. Add a little to your Daiquiri or Sidecar, or sip it with sparkling wine and a bit of citrus juice.

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