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Elevating Classic Cocktails with Exotic Fruits for Summer

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Summer cocktails are fun, refreshing, and delicious! People love sipping on popular cocktail drinks during the warmer months, including Mojito, Margaritas, and many others. However, in this day and age is important to be creative and innovative to stay on top. That’s why you need low-alcohol cocktails in your beverage menu, as well as trendy summer cocktails, among all the classic cocktails you should elevate in a unique way. 

Don’t know what we are talking about? In this blog article, we want to give you fresh ideas on how to make classic cocktails for summer prettier and even more delicious by using exotic fruits. As you know, the majority of bar and restaurant customers nowadays are Millennials and Gen Z, which are people who typically take pictures of what they consume. If your food and cocktail drinks are appealing, they will share them on social media, which is free advertising for your business. 

If elevating your classic cocktails is what you want to do, stay on this page, and let’s jump right into it!

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Elevate 7 Classic Cocktails with These Exotic Fruits

Elevating classic cocktails with exotic fruits can add a unique twist and enhance the drink’s appeal for the summer. Here are some ideas for refreshing and innovative summer cocktails that incorporate exotic fruits:

1. Mango Mojito

The Mojito is one of the most popular summer cocktails ever. That’s why we suggest you play around with it to surprise your customers. Our suggestion is to use mango for the unique twist and you will get an amazing taste and pretty look. 

You are going to need white rum, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, as well as soda water, mint leaves, and ripe mango. Start making the cocktail by muddling the mint leaves and the lime juice into a glass. Then, add the syrup and the mango chunks and keep muddling. Fill the glass with ice, add the rum, and top everything off with soda water. Stir gently the Mojito and garnish it with mint sprig and a slice of mango. 

Key Takeaway: There are many different ways to add an exotic twist to classic cocktails for the summertime. Use exotic fruits and implement them in cocktail recipes to achieve great flavors and serve beautiful drinks at your bar or restaurant. 

2. Passion Fruit Margarita

You probably already have found the best tequila for Margarita and your customers enjoy this cocktail frequently at your bar or restaurant. However, now it’s the right time to change things up and add some passion fruit into the mix. 

Get your tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, agave syrup, and of course - passion fruit puree. Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a glass with a salted rim (see: how to rim a glass) and filled with ice. Garnish this delicious drink with a lime wheel and a passion fruit slice. 

3. Pineapple Basil Gin Fizz

Gin cocktails will always be a huge part of the classic cocktails served all over the world. That’s why we can’t skip the Pineapple Basil Gin Fizz. It’s a great summer drink to sip on during the hot days and nights. 

To make this deliciousness, you are going to need gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, fresh basil leaves, pineapple juice, and soda water. Start by muddling the basil leaves and the lemon juice into a shaker. Add the gin and simple syrup, and then mix in the pineapple juice. Shake well. Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice and top it off with soda water. Garnish your drink with a basil sprig and a pineapple wedge. 

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4. Lychee Martini

The classic Martini is a staple for all drinks menus. But if you want to make classic cocktails unique for this summer season, you need to try this Lychee Martini. It’s a delicious twist to an already amazing cocktail!

You are going to need vodka, lychee liqueur, lychee juice, fresh lime juice. Combine all of these ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain the cocktail into a chilled martini glass and garnish with whole lychee fruit. 

5. Dragon Fruit Daiquiri

Can’t have a classic cocktails list without a Daiquiri drink on it! We have shared plenty of different recipes, including Strawberry Daiquiri, Watermelon Daiquiri, Cherry Daiquiri, Banana Daiquiri, and more.  Now it’s time to try something different, with an exotic fruit. 

Get white rum, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and dragon fruit puree. Combine all of the cocktail ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish the drink with a slice of dragon fruit. 

6. Coconut Watermelon Piña Colada

Summer and Piña Colada go hand in hand! To make yours different than the one your competitors serve, you should try this delicious recipe.

You are going to need white rum, coconut cream, fresh pineapple juice, and fresh watermelon juice. Blend rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice, and watermelon juice with ice until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with a watermelon slice and a pineapple leaf for extra pizzazz. 

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7. Papaya Paloma

The cocktail Paloma is another well-loved drink that’s considered part of the classic cocktails. To make this deliciousness, you need tequila, fresh lime juice, grapefruit soda, and papaya puree. Sounds amazing already, doesn’t it? 

Combine the tequila with the lime juice and the papaya puree in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with grapefruit soda and garnish with a slice of papaya and a lime wheel.

Frequently Asked Questions about Elevating Classic Cocktails with Exotic Fruits

Are you interested in learning more about this topic? If so, you should read all the answers we have given to these frequently asked questions. 

Why Add Exotic Fruits to Classic Cocktails?

Adding exotic fruits to classic cocktails introduces unique flavors and aromas, making the drinks more interesting and appealing. Exotic fruits can add a tropical twist, enhance the visual appeal, and provide a refreshing experience perfect for summer.

What Are Some Popular Exotic Fruits to Use in Cocktails?

Popular exotic fruits for cocktails include:

  • Mango
  • Passion fruit
  • Dragon fruit
  • Lychee
  • Pineapple
  • Papaya
  • Tamarind
  • Guava
  • Coconut

You can add other exotic fruits to your cocktails, too, depending on what you want to achieve and what fruits you are able to get at your location. 

How Do I Prepare Exotic Fruits for Cocktails?

The different exotic fruits need to be prepared in different ways before being added to classic cocktails. Here are directions for the most common fruits: 

  • Mango: Peel, pit, and dice the fruit. Puree or muddle for drinks.
  • Passion fruit: Cut in half and scoop out the pulp and seeds.
  • Dragon fruit: Peel and dice or slice for garnishing.
  • Lychee: Peel and pit the fruit, using the whole fruit or juice.
  • Pineapple: Peel, core, and slice or juice the fruit.
  • Papaya: Peel, seed, and puree or slice.
  • Tamarind: Remove the outer shell and seeds, and use the pulp or make a syrup.
  • Guava: Peel, deseed, and puree or juice.
  • Coconut: Use fresh coconut water, milk, or flesh.

Use fruit of good quality that’s already ripe. The quality of the fruit will affect the quality of the cocktail, so you need to choose wisely. 

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