Easy, Foolproof Fruity Cocktail Recipes

Imagine yourself taking a sip of a frosty beverage. Your eyelids feel heavy as you hear the distant call of seagulls on the hunt. The fruity cocktail calls you to the sea. You wiggle your toasty toes into the pleasantly cool underlayers of the surface-scorched sand.  You take a deep, meditative breath. Then you take a sip, and the smell of strawberries graces your lips.

Beads of frosty condensation trickle onto your body as you raise the drink to your lips.  Oh my! You roll the slushy strawberry concoction between your posterior teeth and allow it to dance over your tongue. Sheer bliss! A hint of nectar and strawberry has been left in its hasty wake. Savor it. 

Fruity cocktails can instantly transport you to a yummy paradise. The thing is, you don’t have to leave home to enjoy these tasty treats. Furthermore, you don’t even have to blow your diet to enjoy them!

Fruity cocktails are easily customizable. You can make sure that they have all the ingredients that you like. Not a fan of coconut? No problem! Not a fan of vodka? That’s okay, too! We have many options for you to ensure you craft a drink that is just right, Goldilocks style.

Furthermore, we’ve made a point to pick out drinks that are easy to assemble. Check out these easy, foolproof fruity cocktails below, and give one of them a try this week!

Delicious Daiquiris

What makes a daiquiri a daiquiri?  The rum!  This tastiness was born out of mere convenience.  American Engineer Jennings Cox ran out of gin whilst entertaining guests.  He grabbed what was on hand at the time: rum, citrus, and sugar.  He then proceeded to pour it over ice and add mineral water…. Voilà!

Fresh and easy is better, friends, so for goodness' sake, put down the premade mix! You’ve got this! (Worried about your frozen drink sweating? No problem! Put down some coasters!)

Classic Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

You will need:  

  • 1 cup white or light rum
  • 1 pound of frozen strawberries
  • 6 tablespoons simple syrup (or pure maple syrup)
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt

Place all ingredients in a blender, top with about 1 cup of ice, and blend. Pour into four glasses. Add a slice of lime and strawberry to garnish. Enjoy! The higher the quality of rum and strawberries, the better the drink will be!

Classic Frozen Strawberry Daquiri Cocktail

Frozen Mango Daiquiri

Tropical, colorful, pretty, sweet, yet tart.   We give you…the Frozen Mango Daquiri!

You will need:

  • 4 oz. (½ cup) rum (aged rum is best)
  • 2 oz. (¼ cup) triple sec or Cointreau
  • 2 cups frozen mango cubes
  • 2 oz. (¼ cup) lime juice

Place all ingredients in a blender, top with about 1 cup of ice, and blend until smooth. Pour into your favorite glasses and garnish with a lime wheel or cocktail cherry. 

Frozen Mango Daquiri

Banana Daiquiri

Naked banana, zesty lime, a hint of orange liquor, and the oaky notes of aged rum creep onto those taste buds and into your happy place.

You will need:

  • 4 oz. rum (aged rum is best)
  • 2 oz. Cointreau or triple sec
  • 2 fresh, ripe bananas
  • 2 oz. lime juice
  • ½ to 1 oz. simple syrup (depending on how ripe the bananas are)

If you have time, slice the bananas and freeze them for 1 to 2 hours. Or use fresh banana and 2 cups of ice instead of 1 ½ cups when blending.

Combine all ingredients in a blender (starting with ½ ounce simple syrup) and blend until smooth. Taste and add the additional syrup if desired, depending on the sweetness of the fruit. Top with a cocktail cherry or lime wheel. Serve immediately! Makes 3 medium or 2 large portions.

Super delicious, low-calorie fruity cocktails

It’s springtime, and many of us are watching our calories so we can fit into a certain swimsuit or special-occasion dress in a few weeks. These super-delicious, low-calorie cocktails allow you to still indulge in some fun. And you don’t have to blow your calorie budget!

Here are our general tips for turning a drink low-calorie:

  • Choose a spirit that is clear instead of dark. Say yes to vodka, gin, tequila, and white wine. Say no to whiskeys, mixers like cacao or triple sec, and red wines.
  • Choose diet soda and seltzer as mixers instead of juice that is full of sugar. For example, using orange juice is going to give you an extra 100 calories that you can easily avoid.
  • Use sugar substitutes instead of real sugar when making simple syrup.
  • Choose real fruit (including frozen fruit!) as garnish and enhancements. But stay away from blending entire pints of fruit or using fruit that is canned or packed in syrup.
  • Choose your fruit wisely. One cup of bananas is 200 calories. Your lowest-calorie fruits are strawberries, peaches, honeydew, grapes, and blackberries. And they’re all delicious in a mixed drink!

Refreshing Lime-Mint Kombucha and Vodka

Kombucha (fermented tea) is a wonderful source of probiotics and antioxidants. It even lowers the risk for heart disease in some people. It’s a great zero-calorie item to add to a cocktail as a mixer, and it usually has fruit added to it already! Plus it’s fizzy and bubbly. Yum!

You will need:

  •  ½ cup vodka
  • 1 bottle of Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc
  •  24-30 mint leaves
  •  ¾ oz. orange juice
  •  8 oz. kombucha (lime-mint flavor is preferred for this recipe if you can find it)
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Ninety-one calories per glass.  First, add the mint leaves to a large pitcher with the orange juice and muddle until you release some fabulous mint flavor. Next, add the kombucha, vodka, honey, and white wine. Stir, don’t shake! Serve in a beautiful glass over ice. Note: This recipe makes about 6 glasses. (Differentiate your guests’ glasses with these glass charms!)

Long Island Iced Tea

If you love iced tea, you’ll love this traditional summer thirst quencher! This recipe is keto-friendly and packs a punch.
You will need:

  • ½ oz. tequila
  • ½ oz. vodka
  • ½ oz. rum (light)
  • ½ oz. gin
  • 1/8 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 ½ oz. sweet and sour (read the labels and find the one that’s lowest in sugar)
  • 2 ½ oz. Diet Coke or Pepsi

Calories per glass: 139.  Pour all the ingredients except the Diet Coke or Pepsi together in a shaker. Add ice and shake it up! Pour the mixture into a glass that has ice in it. Top with Diet Coke or Pepsi. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Low Carb White Wine Spritzer

This is a great, refreshing drink for anyone that’s watching their calories. Feel free to add berries or chunks of any kind of fruit to this drink.

You will need:

  • ½ cup dry white wine (Try Riesling or Gewurztraminer)
  • ½ cup diet lemon-lime soda
  •  ½ tsp. lime juice

One hundred calories per glass. Pour the wine into a wine glass. Pour the soda on top of the wine. Finally, add the lime juice to the top. Garnish with the fruit of your choice.

A Lighter Sea Breeze Cocktail

This is a light and refreshing cocktail that makes you feel like you are sitting by the beach! It’s perfect after a hard day prepping your springtime garden.

You will need:

  • 1.5 oz. vodka
  • 1.5 oz. cranberry juice
  •  1 small can of sparkling grapefruit juice
  • Lime slices for garnish

Calories per glass: 100. First, fill a glass with ice and pour in the cranberry juice and vodka. Add sparkling grapefruit juice on top, filling to the rim. Add a twist of lime to the rim of the glass.

Classic Fruity Cocktails

Fruity cocktails are easy to drink and delicious. They remind you of your favorite summer vacation and come in great variety! Whether you prefer tequila, vodka, gin, or rum, there’s a fabulous fruity cocktail waiting just for you!

In general, if you have a particular aversion to a certain fruit, it’s pretty easy to switch out the starring fruit with something different. Just remember to replace citrus with other citrus, berries with other berries, etc.

Piña Colada

We prefer to blend this drink instead of serving it on rocks, but you can choose. This is for the rum lover in you!

You will need:

  • 1 ½ oz. light rum
  • 6 oz. pineapple juice
  • 3 oz. coconut cream (Real cream of coconut. Hint: You typically find this in cans. Search for it in the international/Indian/Thai areas of your grocery store.)

Mix everything together in a blender, along with about 3 cups of ice. Blend it up until smooth. Pour into a beautiful glass and serve with pineapple or cherry garnish on top. Bonus if you add a decorative umbrella!

Tequila Sunrise

This is another three-ingredient drink, making it pretty dummy-proof! It’s hard to screw this one up. Just make sure you’re using real orange juice and grenadine.

You will need:

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 4 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. grenadine

Add ice cubes to a glass. Add the orange juice, then the tequila. Finally, add the grenadine to the top. Don’t stir! The red on top is what makes it a “sunrise.” Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Tequila Sunrise

Sex on the Beach

Ah, the ultimate stealth drink! You think it’s weak, but it secretly sneaks up and wallops you!

You’ll need:

  • 2 oz. vodka (Go ahead and get a flavored kind if you like. Orange or cherry works well.)
  • 1 oz. peach schnapps
  • 2 oz. grapefruit juice (or orange juice)
  • 2 oz. cranberry juice

Throw all the ingredients into a shaker. Pack with ice, and shake it up! Pour the drink into a tall glass that is packed with ice. Garnish with an orange and some cherries.

Amaretto Sour

A gateway drink that will get even a novice drinker into the joy of craft cocktails! With only three ingredients, it’s hard to mess up. (Yeah, we’re looking at you!)

You’ll need:

  • 1 ½ oz. amaretto liqueur
  • 1 ½ oz. sweet and sour mix
  • Lemon-lime soda (7 UP, Sprite, or your favorite local brand)

Fill a glass with ice, and mix together equal parts amaretto liqueur and sweet and sour mix. Top the glass with the lemon-lime soda. Garnish with cherries.

Amaretto Sour Cocktail

Mai Tai

This fruity drink will have you wishing that summer was here to stay!

You’ll need:

  • 1 ½ oz. spiced rum
  •  1 ½ oz. coconut-flavored rum
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine syrup
  • 3 oz. pineapple juice
  • 2 oz. orange juice

In a shaker, add all the ingredients. Add ice, then shake vigorously. Strain into a tall glass with ice. Garnish with orange slices and cherries.

Mai Tai Cocktail

Fruity cocktails are delicious!

There’s so much to love about fruity cocktails. Customize them to your exact preference by changing up the spirits, fruit, fizz, and creaminess. They’re a perfect choice for celebrating spring! Fruit makes us excited for summer to arrive. And you don’t even have to break your calorie budget to indulge and enjoy a drink. Fire up your creativity this spring and give one of these classic fruity drinks a try!

Looking for more ideas? Try Easy Vodka Cocktails, Classic Cocktails, or the Best Tequila for Margaritas.