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9 Fruity Drinks to Make With Summer Berries

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Summer’s got it all: long days spent in unicorn pool floats, warm nights with friends at outdoor patio bars and, above all, a bounty of fresh, bite-sized fruit to use in cocktails. From raspberries and strawberries to blackberries and blueberries, there are endless ways to incorporate the season’s tiniest fruits into boozy delights. Here are nine of our favorite ways to use berries in cocktails—bonus points if you spend the afternoon picking them yourself.

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Frosé (aka frozen rosé) has become a national obsession, and bars all over the country are adding the frosty pink drink to their menus—but you don’t have to go out to enjoy the blended masterpiece. This take on Frosé is super simple and loaded with summer berries. Whip up a homemade berry syrup from fresh raspberries and strawberries to highlight the fruity notes of the pink wine. Then add a bottle of rosé and a little dry vermouth, stick it all in the freezer and you’ve got your very own delicious frosty treat.

The Essentials

Rosé
Dry Vermouth
Berry Syrup
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We love a classic Strawberry Daiquiri made from a blend of strawberries, rum, lime juice and simple syrup. But this faux frozen Daiquiri will help you appreciate the season’s fresh, juicy strawberries even more. The berries get muddled straight into the glass to release as much juice as possible and are then mixed with lemon, rum, triple sec and crushed ice. The resulting drink is full of texture and fresh strawberry flavor.

The Essentials

Strawberries
Triple Sec
white rum
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This Southern-inspired punch was made for porch swinging on a hot day, but it’s just as enjoyable on the beach or by the pool. Bourbon and fresh lemon juice are shaken with blackberry purée to yield a sweet, tart and boozy remedy to the oppressive summer temperatures. No blackberries on hand? Don’t worry; this cocktail tastes just as delicious with blueberries or raspberries instead.
 

The Essentials

Bourbon
Blackberries
Lemon Juice
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This classic from Philadelphia’s eponymous Clover Club has been the cocktail of choice for high class drinkers since the 1800s. Thankfully you no longer have to be filthy rich to enjoy this fruity, frothy cocktail. Made with gin, lemon, raspberry liqueur and egg white, the Clover Club tastes best when garnished with a skewer of plump, fresh raspberries.

The Essentials

Gin
Raspberry Liqueur
Egg Whites
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Inspired by the traditional Mexican raspado dessert—shaved ice with fresh fruit—this granita-like beverage tastes like a grown-up snowcone. Vegetal tequila is blended with fresh strawberries, kiwis and lime juice, and is then poured over shaved ice. A ginger beer topping gives the treat some fizz, making for a simple, spritzy pick-me-up that will fuel your summer fun.

The Essentials

tequila
lime juice
Strawberry purèe
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This classic Pimm’s Cup is a delicious way to enjoy a bouquet of fresh fruit—but this colorful, blackberry-flavored version does it even better. Not only are fresh blackberries muddled into the bottom of the glass, but the fruit’s rich flavor also has a starring role in a boozy base of Pimm’s Blackberry Elderflower liqueur. Add a little floral Lillet Blanc and some mint for levity to get the perfect daytime sipper.


 

The Essentials

London Dry Gin
Pimm's Blackberry & Elderflower
Lillet blanc
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You may be too old to run after the melodious call of the ice cream man, but you can still relive that childhood joy with a Strawberry Shortcake Fizz, inspired by the delicious ice cream truck staple. Creamy and decadent, this nostalgic treat gets its rosy hue and fruity flavor from homemade strawberry syrup.

The Essentials

London Dry Gin
Strawberry syrup
Egg Whites
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When the sun really starts beating down on you, these Margarita popsicles will give you a chill better than any traditional cocktail can. Plus, they pack a boozy punch with a heavy dose of silver tequila that’s complemented by tart hibiscus flowers and a mix of fresh blueberries and blackberries. It’s the best way to preserve the berries’ fresh flavor, so you can enjoy them all season long.

The Essentials

Hibiscus Flowers
Berry Mix
Tequila
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Sangria traditionally leans on fruits like orange slices and apple chunks for flavor, but this patriotic version embraces summer berries and tropical fruit instead. Raspberry liqueur and pineapple rum give white wine a punch of fruity flavor, while generous heapings of raspberries and blackberries get plopped in to soak up all the boozy goodness. Cut pineapple slices into stars to make this punch a festive centerpiece to any holiday bash.

 

The Essentials

pinot grigio
Chambord
Pineapple Rum

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