The world of cocktails is immense — there are literally thousands of offerings out there, from drinks going back a few centuries to modern concoctions. Cocktails are timeless!
Let’s explore five tasty cocktails with fruit you can make at home for your friends and family. And talking about cocktails, we’ve recently opened a Yarra Valley cocktails tour to enjoy the best cocktails Yarra Valley has to offer. Enjoy a colourful, fruity drink amongst the beautiful Yarra Valley wine barrels. Now, let’s make ourselves some cocktails! Who’s in for a fruity and boozy drink?
1. The Blueberry Mojito
We often forget, but citrus fruits are the most common type of fruit in cocktails, and it’s for their lovely tang! In a Mojito, rum, sugar, lime juice and mint leaves come together for a refreshing and thirst-quenching drink that just tastes like the Caribbean.
The Mojito, though, is just our starting point. Make a mojito regularly, but throw in there a few blueberries (blackberries or strawberries.) The result is fantastic, a drink as colourful as it is tasty. This is one of those cocktails that you want to repeat.
- 5 oz rum
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- Mint leaves
Muddle the blueberries with the mint leaves and sugar in the bottom of a glass, add the lime juice, top with rum and crushed ice. Stir gently and garnish with a mint sprig.
2. The Strawberry Daiquiri
The Daiquiri is another tropical drink we love, and it’s crowd-pleasing. The regular Daiquiri recipe calls for rum, lime juice and sugar — all shaken and poured into a tall martini or coupe glass. Today’s version, though, comes together in the blender. Use frozen strawberries, a splash of lime juice and white rum to make one berry-licious drink!
- 5 oz white rum
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1 oz grenadine
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth. Garnish with a lime wedge.
3. Mango Margarita
Yet again, let’s make good use of that frozen fruit we have at home and make ourselves a drink, this time, of Mexican inspiration.
The Margarita is the most famous tequila drink, and although you’d traditionally make this one with just lime juice, orange liqueur and tequila, there’s room for some fruitiness in here. Imagine enjoying these Margaritas surrounded by the Yarra Valley wine barrels! Yarra Valley cocktails can be so much fun!
- 5 oz tequila reposado
- 1 oz lime juice
- 3/4 cup frozen mango
- 1 oz simple syrup
Blend all the ingredients until smooth and pour in a fancy glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
4. The Raspberry Fizz
If you thought there was no place for wine in cocktails, you’re in for a treat! Sparkling wine and a tablespoon of raspberry purée are all you need to create a fancy, fizzy drink that’s perfect for warm weather, but also for special occasions. This is an excellent Yarra Valley cocktail, by the way — the wine region makes superb sparkling wine.
- 4 oz sparkling wine
- 2 tbsp raspberry puree
Pour the puree into a flute glass, top it with sparkling wine and stir gently. Optionally, add a splash of vodka.
5. White Wine Sangria
The best part of this wine cocktail is that you can make a pitcher and spread the love for tasty and fruity drinks. There’s no one recipe for sangria, though, but many. Throw in your favourite juices, chopped fruit, sugar and wine, and you’ve got yourself your own masterpiece.
- 1 bottle of white wine
- 4 oz simple syrup
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 cup chopped apples
- 1 cup chopped pineapples
Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher and add ice. Serve and divide the fruit between the glasses.
Cocktails Are Just Fun!
Let us know if you try one of the cocktail ideas above. If you want a drink masterfully prepared by a pro, then come with us for a Yarra Valley Cocktails tour. Expect the best cocktails Yarra Valley can offer in a beautiful scenery amongst vineyards and Yarra Valley wine barrels. How’s that for a cocktail party?