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9 Easy Fruity Cocktails Anyone Can Make

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If you love your drinks sweet, tart and fruity, but your cocktailing skill level hovers around pouring cranberry juice over some vodka, don’t worry: Even if you don’t have a blown-out home bar, you’re capable of so much more. With minimal expertise and effort, you can make a fun, fruity, foolproof drink that tastes like it was crafted by a pro. Here, nine of the easiest fruity cocktails to make that are better than a Vodka Cranberry.

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This three-ingredient fruit-tini has a more rounded flavor than most of its ilk, thanks to one key ingredient: Chambord. The French liqueur is a blend of black raspberries, honey, vanilla and herbs, which serve as the perfect complement to refreshing pineapple juice and a boozy kick of vodka.

The Essentials

Vodka
Pineapple Juice
Chambord
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Using a premade Daiquiri mix may be tempting, but trust us: It’s not worth enduring the syrupy, saccharine gloop. Instead, make this faux-frozen Strawberry Daiquiri from Noel Nepomuceno at New York’s Megu. The recipe doesn’t even require a blender—just crush a few strawberries at the bottom of a shaker, add rum, triple sec and lemon juice and shake.

The Essentials

Strawberries
Triple Sec
white rum
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The neon green Melon Ball may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think “craft cocktail,” but it’s nothing if not fun. Made with melon-flavored Midori, orange juice and vodka, this cocktail is a sweet and light summer sipper. Go the extra mile by garnishing it with an array of actual melon balls for a drinkable version of an Edible Arrangement.

The Essentials

Midori
vodka
Fresh squeezed orange juice
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If you can brew a pitcher of iced tea, you can make this peachy cocktail. First, lay a base of vodka and peach schnapps, then add slices of peaches and lemon before topping it off with some freshly brewed tea. Once you’re done mixing, all that left is to kick back and enjoy your fill of grown-up iced tea in the sun.
 

The Essentials

Vodka
Peach Schnapps
Lipton’s Iced Tea, to top
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Margaritas and Palomas aren’t the only easy, fruity cocktails made with tequila. The El Diablo is just as simple, but with an entirely different, berry-filled flavor profile. Rich crème de cassis (a.k.a. blackcurrant liqueur), lends even more depth to reposado tequila, fresh lime juice and ginger beer. The result is a drink that’s sweet, spicy, zesty and herbaceous all at once.

The Essentials

Reposado tequila
Crème de cassis
ginger beer
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This tropical cocktail from Dan McClary at The Cannibal in Los Angeles is like a Caribbean retreat in a glass. Pink guava and funky rhum agricole may require a little extra searching, but once you’ve secured your ingredients, making the cocktail is as simple: Shake, strain and top with Champagne. The drink’s unconventional ingredients do the heavy lifting for you, so A Rhum With a View tastes far more complicated than it actually is.
 

The Essentials

Rhum Agricole
pink guava purée
Champagne
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Many bars and home bartenders make Pom-tinis with vodka and bottled pomegranate juice—or worse, artificial grenadine, which yields seriously lackluster results. Instead, we prefer to use tart pomegranate liqueur, fresh lemon juice and botanical gin for ultimate balance. The finished product tastes drier and more flavorful than the vodka-based alternative, with next to no extra work.

The Essentials

gin
Pomegranate Liqueur
lemon juice
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Our friends across the pond know there’s nothing more satisfying on a warm day than a tall pitcher of frosty Pimm’s in the garden. Take a leaf from their book by mixing up a batch for your own day-drinking session. All you need is fruity and herbaceous Pimm’s No. 1, lemon-lime soda, mint and whatever fruit you have lying around—a blend of strawberries, cucumber and lemon is our favorite combination.
 

The Essentials

Pimm’s No. 1
British Lemonade
fresh lemon juice
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One of the oldest American cocktails, the island-inspired Knickerbocker first appeared in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 The Bon Vivant’s Companion, long before the tiki movement began. The luxurious drink uses gold rum, fresh lime juice, orange-tinged curaçao and raspberry ratafia. Drink it pinkies out with the same level of haughtiness as the 19th century Knickerbockers (a.k.a. wealthy Dutch New Yorkers) probably did.

The Essentials

Rum
Lime Juice
Raspberry Liqueur

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