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.
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.
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.
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.
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