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Seasonal cocktails that make us want to plant fruit trees

Rowena Dumlao-Giardina resides in Italy, cooking and photographing her family's interesting meals on Apron and Sneakers. After moving to Italy in 1999 from the Philippines, she has traveled extensively around the country and the rest of ...

These fresh fruit cocktails are just one of the reasons we love summer

Ah, summer. Fruits of countless shapes and colors are popping up at the markets and in the garden. Use them to make refreshing cocktails and cool off on hot days.

Cold cocktails with fruit and booze? On hot summer days, I am all for these really refreshing drinks, whether I am at home alone relaxing or in the company of friends. Because when cocktails have a lot of fruit in them, you only taste the sweet flavors, with just a slight kick of the alcohol. Cocktails don't have to be heavy — they can be fruity, aromatic and light too. Here are three of my favorite fresh fruit cocktails.

1. Smashed berries and grapefruit cocktail recipe

Smash berries and grapefruit cocktail recipe

I have to admit I am quite biased toward using berries in my recipes. I love the aroma and the flavor they give to any food or drink I make. When they are smashed and mixed with grapefruit soda, you will just love the combination of flavors.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup mixed berries of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons gin
  • Ice
  • Grapefruit soda

Directions:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the berries, and then mix in the simple syrup, lemon juice and gin. Shake well.
  2. Fill up 2 glasses with ice.
  3. Pour equal amounts of the mixture into the 2 glasses.
  4. Fill up the glasses with the grapefruit soda. Stir gently.

2. Homemade Bellini recipe

Homemade Bellini recipe

Do you know why this famous Venetian drink was named Bellini? Its distinctive pink shade reminded Giuseppe Cipriani, creator of the drink and owner of Harry's Bar in Venice, of the toga a saint was wearing in one of Giovanni Bellini's paintings.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces fresh white peach pulp
  • 1 teaspoon raspberries, strawberries or cherries
  • 3 ounces cold prosecco or sparkling white wine

Directions:

  1. Prior to making the drink, refrigerate a Champagne flute.
  2. Using an immersion blender, make a smooth pulp out of the peaches and raspberries.
  3. Pour the mixture into the Champagne flute.
  4. Pour in the prosecco, and stir gently.

3. Cherry limoncello spritz recipe

Cherry limoncello spritz recipe

While cherries are in season (especially the black cherries, which are much sweeter), I use them as much as I can in desserts and sometimes in savory dishes and drinks. Cherries have a delicious flavor and such a rich, red tint when the juice seeps out of the fruit. In this simple recipe, I used limoncello to liven up the cocktail.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 6 cherries (preferably black or sweet variety), pitted
  • 3 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons limoncello
  • Ice
  • Tonic water

Directions:

  1. In a cocktail shaker or drinking glass, muddle the cherries and mint.
  2. Add the limoncello.
  3. Fill up the glass with ice.
  4. Pour the tonic water, and stir gently.

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