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7 Fruity Cocktails That Are Also Super Boozy

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If you have pretentious friends who make fun of you for ordering fruity cocktails, friends that only respect bitter drinks like a Negroni or Manhattan, kindly tell them to shut up. The idea that fruity cocktails are somehow less legit, less strong, and (*full-body shudders*) “girly” is simply not true. Some of the strongest cocktails around incorporate fresh fruit juices and syrups for perfectly balanced flavors of sweet and sour. Here are seven fruity cocktails that are both super boozy and super delicious.

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This large-format cocktail is even fruitier than its hard-partying relative Jungle Juice, thanks to the key addition of either Hawaiian Punch or Kool-Aid Fruit Punch. Chuck in four parts of whatever clear spirits you have lying around—from vodka to tequila—then add two parts fruit punch, two parts lemon-lime soda, one part orange juice and one part pineapple juice. The result will taste like the fruit punches of your youth, just with a lot of booze hiding in its innocent-looking depths.

The Essentials

Clear Spirits
Hawaiian Punch
Lemon-Lime Soda
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The infamous Long Island Iced Tea is one of the booziest drinks in the classic cocktail canon, but this fruity sister is sure to please those who admire the drink more for its ABV than its bracing flavor. The AMF combines all the usual LIIT suspects—gin, white rum, blanco tequila and vodka—but swaps out regular triple sec for fruitier blue curaçao. Fresh lemon juice, lemon-lime soda (in place of Coca-Cola) and simple syrup sweeten the deal even further. But don’t expect this blue drink to pack any less of a punch; the drink stands for “Adios Motherf*cker” for a reason.

The Essentials

all clear spirits
blue curaçao
lemon-lime soda
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The classic Piña Colada is already a crowd favorite, thanks to its easy-to-slurp-down, sweet and creamy tropical flavor. But for those looking to take their go-to drink up a notch, there’s Rocket Fuel, the signature drink of New York’s Fire Island. This ultra-boozy Piña Colada adds a hefty dose of nutty amaretto to the rum, pineapple and coconut blend. The recipe even calls for piping high-octane 151 rum right into the straw for a first sip that will propel you into outer space.

The Essentials

dark rum
Amaretto
pineapple juice
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An underrated tiki classic, the Cobra’s Fang is a canvas for whatever fruity juices and syrups you love most. Regular rum, 151 rum and absinthe spike a mix of fruit juices (use whichever kind you like, but make sure to include orange juice), falernum, bitters and fassionola syrup—a somewhat obscure tiki syrup you can make at home that tastes just like concentrated Hawaiian Punch. If you don’t want to make your own fassionola, swap in passion fruit syrup instead.

The Essentials

Rum
Falernum
Juices
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While you have that passion fruit syrup lying around, you might as well mix it into the legendary Hurricane, a fruity beast that dominates the New Orleans drinking scene and even has a signature glass. All you need is dark rum, fresh lemon juice, mint and passion fruit syrup. The final product is tart and refreshing, and perfect for cooling down on a humid day.

The Essentials

dark rum
Passion fruit syrup
Fresh Lemon juice
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Certain spirits have a distinctly fruity taste on their own—such as pisco, which has strong notes of grape and apple. The South American brandy is incorporated into this gorgeous tropical cocktail, which also calls for Jamaican rum, piney Greek mastiha and citrusy blue curaçao. All that booze is tempered by a refreshing coconut water simple syrup and fresh lime juice, along with Peychaud’s bitters, a bounty of mint and an orange wedge for garnish.

The Essentials

Pisco
Jamaican Rum
Blue Curaçao
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Tiki drinks aren’t all about rum, and the Fog Cutter proves that spirits like gin, Cognac and sherry are equally welcome in an extra-potent tropical tipple. All of those spirits mix with white rum, fresh orange and lemon juices, creamy orgeat, and apricot bitters. The drink is garnished with a veritable fruit salad: an orange, maraschino cherry and pineapple spear, plus a paper cocktail umbrella for some added panache.  

The Essentials

Gin
Cognac
Sherry
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This modern, fruitier, though no less potent version of a Don the Beachcomber classic comes from Seattle tiki haven Navy Strength. Like many tiki drinks, the booze in this one comes fast and furious in the form of three different types of rum and a little bit of Zucca (an Italian aperitif). But there is also plenty of fruit in the form of mango, grapefruit syrup and orange juice. It might look sweet, but if you have one of these while your buddy is drinking a G&T, know that you are going harder than they are.

The Essentials

All the rums
Mango
Port Syrup
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Don’t let the name fool you. This easy to make punch employs the old Barbadian saying “one of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak.” That means that for every cup of juice you’ve got three quarters of a cup of rum. But when it’s all mixed together you’ll never know.  

The Essentials

dark and light rums
demerara syrup
tropical fruit juices
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This tiki stand-by is the tropics in a glass, but it also has plenty of oomph behind it, thanks to four ounces of alcohol (two of rum and two of different fruit liqueurs), doubling the amount of mixer. Shake one up, throw on a pair of shades and let the good vibes flow over you.  

The Essentials

Juice
Liqueur
Rum

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