If you’re looking to spruce up your cocktails with seasonal flavours, its best to find the most complimentary fruit for your favourite liquor. From vodka to rum and gin to whiskey, there really are no limits when it comes to liquors that can be infused with fruit flavours. Here are some tips on how to make fruit-infused cocktails.
Tequila, vodka or rum are great liquors to pair with watermelon, whether you use fresh watermelon or juice. Pour tequila and watermelon juice over ice to create a refreshing cocktail or blend vodka and watermelon with ice to make a slushy. Check out this recipe for JOEY’s popular “The Watermelon Drink.”
This universal cocktail garnish pairs well with just about anything, but there are some liquors that make it shine. Infuse your vodka cocktails with lemon juice for a refreshing vodka lemonade or use lemons as a garnish for any vodka drink. Add some lemon juice to a whiskey sour or garnish any gin-based cocktail.
Bourbon, rum or wine-based cocktails are great to pair with fresh strawberries during the summer. Try bourbon with soda and muddled strawberries or a classic strawberry daiquiri with rum. You also can’t go wrong with a strawberry-infused sangria.
Like strawberries, blueberries are versatile when it comes to cocktails, and are that much better when they’re in season. Try a blueberry Moscow mule with vodka or infuse your favourite beer with fresh blueberries for a sweeter finish.
When pairing fresh grapefruit or grapefruit juice with liquor, gin or vodka are best suited. Infuse your classic gin and tonic with grapefruit slices or add grapefruit juice to vodka for a simple yet refreshing cocktail.