5 Fruity Riffs on Classic Summer Cocktails

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The dog days of summer call for ice-cold drinks, but you already knew that, right? With the cooling qualities of an icy drink in hand, all of your warm-weather dreams are possible: breezy pool days, lively backyard barbecues and even relaxing nights spent at home. Stay refreshed all summer long with these oh-so-summery fruity spins on your favorite sips that you shake up at your home bar.

Give the rum-based New Orleans classic, the Hurricane, an extra-summery edge by whipping up Ted Allen’s Passion Fruit Hurricane (pictured above). Combine rum, grapefruit juice and passion fruit puree with ice in the blender and you’ll see why it’s so pleasant to sip through a straw.

Your go-to mai tai is a tried-and-true tropical refresher all on its own, but this Watermelon Mai Tai gets an extra-summery twist by replacing the traditional orgeat syrup with cubed watermelon for natural sweetness.

A lot of daiquiris are fixed with sugary syrups, but this frozen Strawberry Orange Daiquiri is blended with real strawberries, plus the juice and zest of a fresh orange, for the most-vibrant slurp yet.

Add hydrating coconut water to your next mojito for a subtle sweetness. With all the fresh mint and lime juice found in the original, this rum-based Coconut Mojito is a poolside must.

Give your next martini a fruity, juicy switch-up. Combine frozen watermelon puree with vodka and melon liqueur for smooth, ice-cold and elegant Watermelon Martinis.

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