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Fresh fruit cocktails for the summer

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July 7, 2022
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If you’ve spent more than five minutes online in the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen videos saying the Aperol Spritz is the drink of the summer. Personally, anything with an alcohol content above 5% will be my drink of the summer, but I digress. Like so many right now, you might be a little bit tired of being around social settings. Maybe you're not too jazzed about the price of going out going up. So how do you make a spritz, or anything else, at home? Fret not, and be ready to turn your favorite sunny window into a rooftop bar where you can enjoy one of these summery, fruity cocktails. 

Aperol Spritz 

The new TikTok summer staple has millions of views on the app. The name came from Austrian soldiers in Italy during the early 19th century. The drink is citrusy and light, and can conveniently be made a few different ways. It’s an easy way to impress guests and feel bad and boujee when you're out. You’ll want at least one orange, Aperol, champagne or Prosecco, and soda or tonic water. Remember, quality ingredients matter.

Chill your glass with ice. Press some orange slices on the sides of your glass and use the ice to keep them there for garnish. Add 1.5 ounces of Aperol, 3 ounces of the wine you’ve chosen, and a splash of the soda/tonic water as well. Mix together and enjoy. 

Spritz, but you're a cowboy, baby. 

Same but different, if you like the idea of the spritz but maybe want it just a little more rugged and wild, try it this way. Instead of wine, we’re doing tequila. 1 ounce of Aperol, 1.5 to 2 ounces of a white tequila of your choosing, with equal parts grapefruit juice. Top off with topo chico and mix. Finally, slice a grapefruit for the rim of your glass. (Cred: thespritzeffect on TikTok for the inspiration) 

Sticking with tequila… 

Tequila can make any pool party a little more fun, and any juice mixture a little more than you may have bargain for. Literally any lemonade mixed with a tequila- personal favorite, mixing limeade and tequila- you’ll be in for a good time. To elevate your drink, cut up what fruit you’ve paired with the lemonade to garnish your drink. Get creative too! Consider throwing in some mangos, watermelon, peaches, or pineapples to find your favorite flavor.

Up in Maine

Typically, fancy cocktails are decorated with citrus and bright colors. But what if you're a bit black cat? For everyone waiting for fall, but still want something refreshing for when it's over a hundred degrees, try this. Get some blueberries and pomegranate seeds. (If you're feeling bold, put the fruit in your ice tray and let those freeze, but if not, adding them in the drink as is is just fine as well.) your choice of white wine, blueberry syrup, pomegranate juice, some mint, and bubbly water. 3 ounces of your wine, with equal parts blueberry syrup and bubbly water at 1.5 ounces. Top with a splash of pomegranate juice and garnish with blueberries and pomegranate seeds. 

Bro-mosa 

If fruity drinks aren’t your cup of tea, the bro-mosa is for you! With a corona, orange juice, Maraschino cherries, tequila and grenadine, you’ll make any brunch feel more like a pre-game. Drink your corona down to the label. Follow with 1.5 ounces of tequila and as many cherries as you’d like. Use about 1.5 to 2 ounces of orange juice and top off with about an ounce of grenadine. Enjoy with fresh oranges and cherries.

Whether you're chilling by the pool, or front porch sitting, these fruity cocktails will make any event feel a little bit better. Plus fruit is good for you right?

About the author: Samantha Harvill graduated, with honors, from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors of Science in Emergency Medicine and was recently commissioned as a Lieutenant in the US Army Reserves. She is an avid runner, and is currently training for her next marathon.

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