Once you have all your bartender tool kit set up and ready to go, the next thing is to figure out which fruity mixed drinks you should try making at home!
Most of these nine fruity mixed drinks have stood the test of time—they're classic favorites that have been enjoyed by many generations of drinkers around the world.
Whether you're looking to shake up your beverage menu or want to add some zest to your upcoming party, any one of these fantastic fruity mixed drinks will satisfy both your taste buds and your guests!
#1 Strawberry Daiquiri
This fruity mixed drink is simple to make at home and can be enjoyed by adults or young drinkers (sans alcohol, of course). The strawberry daiquiri is one of our favorites as it's so versatile and tastes great!
You can alter this drink recipe by using different rum flavors – some people prefer their drinks with a hint of vanilla or coconut. Our choice? Serve yours up with some extra fruit, perhaps sliced bananas, or orange slices, complementing your cocktail perfectly.
But, to get started, we will give you an easy, standard recipe for making a delicious fruity mixed drink at home that will make your tastebuds feel as though you're on a tropical vacation.
The bonus? This recipe is for a crowd, making six to eight delicious servings. Let's get started!
- 1.5 cups white rum
- ¾ cups lime juice (approximately six to eight limes)
- ¼ cup simple syrup
- 1 sixteen-ounce package of frozen strawberries**
- 4 cups of ice
Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Before pouring to serve, give a taste test if you'd like to make any adjustments. Some imbibers like their daiquiris a little sweeter, so you can always add another simple syrup dash. If you make any adjustments, blend again to incorporate.
Then, it's time to serve! Pour into a glass and garnish with sliced strawberries or an umbrella for an additional tropical vacation touch.
**You can also make a strawberry puree for this recipe or purchase a premade mix like Mixly's Strawberry Pomegranate Mixer. If you use a puree, you may not need to blend as long or add as much simple syrup into the recipe, depending on the puree's sweetness level.
#2 Easy Peach Bellini
There's nothing better than a Bellini for those who like sweet, fruity mixed drinks. This classic drink is so easy to make that you can have a pitcher ready in 5 minutes or less. There are two main ingredients in a Bellini – champagne and peach puree.
You could use canned peaches for the peach puree, but we'd recommend making it fresh for more flavor. You can also purchase peach puree online or in stores. The recipe below will walk you through creating your very own peach puree for simple, fruity mixed drinks to make at home.
- 2 whole peaches, peeled and diced
- ½ cup of water
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 pinch of sugar
- 1 bottle of champagne
First, make a peach puree by adding the peaches, water, lemon juice, and sugar in a blender. Blend until smooth. Next, add approximately one ounce of the puree into a champagne flute and top off with champagne—prosecco or any other sparkling wine will also work. That's it!
You can also make a pitcher for serving multiple guests by combining the puree and champagne and serving guests as needed.
Want to get creative and add depth of flavor? Try subbing in a Mixly mixer in place of the peach puree. Nowadays, many bars are creating their own variations on the Bellini cocktail by adding other fruity flavors into the mix!
#3 Passionfruit Margarita
Add some passionfruit puree to your standard Margarita recipe for a tropical touch. Passionfruit is perfect for you if you're looking for something fruity but not quite as sweet as other fruity mixed drinks.
Here's our favorite passionfruit margarita recipe; see below!
- 1.5oz Tequila Blanco
- 0.5oz Orange Liqueur
- 0.75oz Passion Fruit Syrup
- 0.5oz Lime Juice
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain into a glass over fresh ice and garnish with a lime wedge. You can also add a spicy note by using Tajin seasoning around the room or adding a fresh slice of jalapeno while you shake it up. Cheers!
#4 Jungle Bird
The jungle bird is a fruity tropical drink that contains a few surprising twists. The drink was first concocted in the early 1970s at the now-defunct Aviary Bar inside Kuala Lumpur's Hilton. If you're looking for a delicious cocktail that can impress with its presentation, you cannot beat this recipe!
Cocktails traditionally considered tropical generally have rum, pineapple, and lime, but Campari is not commonly used. Typically Campari is found in dry drinks such as Negronis, but it surprisingly works well in this recipe. The addition of fruit, rum, and simple syrup helps smooth out the drink's bitterness, resulting in a perfect mixture of tart and sweet flavors.
This cocktail is an adventurous option for fruity mixed drink lovers looking to try something new. Give it a try!
- 1.5oz dark rum
- 0.75oz Campari
- 1.5oz pineapple juice
- 0.5oz lime juice
- 0.5oz simple syrup
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake—strain into a glass of your choice over fresh ice. Garnish with a slice of orange, pineapple wedge, pineapple leaves, or all three! A post-tiki drink that offers vacation-like vibes; indeed, one of the best mixed drinks to make at home.
#5 Tequila Sunrise
The Tequila Sunrise is fruity mixed drink imbibers continue to enjoy after its decades-long popularity. It's also effortless to make, making it another best drink for home enjoyment.
Ready for some fun facts? Lead singer of The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, once ordered a round of tequila sunrise cocktails for his fellow bandmates, who ordered more for their entourage. Shortly after that, the Tequila Sunrise became the Stones' go-to drink while on tour, spreading the cocktail nationally as they ordered it in every town they visited.
In 1973, another group from California called the Eagles recorded a song named 'Tequila Sunrise' on their Desperado album, ensuring that Tequila Sunrise would cement itself into the history of rock and cocktails.
Ready to try this well-loved cocktail for yourself? You won't regret it; it's genuinely one of the best (and simple) mixed drinks at home. Let's go!
- 2oz Blanco tequila
- 4oz orange juice
- 0.25oz grenadine
Add the orange juice and tequila into a glass filled with ice. Top off with grenadine and watch the sunset layering effect occur as the grenadine sinks to the bottom of the glass. Garnish with a cherry and orange slice.
#6 Mai Tai
The Mai Tai is a classic fruity mixed drink from Trader Vic's. It originated in 1944 when Victor Bergeron threw together a handful of ingredients for a group of friends: rum, brandy, orgeat syrup, curacao, and lime juice. Although there are multiple variations today (some include pineapple juice), the original recipe is still a favorite among drinkers.
It was dubbed Mai Tai (meaning good in Tahitian) after one of Bergeron's guests remarked that it was Mai Tai—or out of this world! —which seems appropriate, don't you think?
Don't be intimidated by the slew of ingredients involved; we promise it's one of the best mixed drinks at home. Fruity deliciousness mixed up and well-loved for years. Give it a try and learn first-hand why Mai Tai continues to be one of the most popular fruity mixed drinks of all time.
- 1.5oz white rum
- 0.5oz dark rum
- 0.75oz orange curacao
- 0.75oz lime juice
- 0.5oz orgeat
Add the white rum, orgeat, and curacao into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and give it a quick, three-second-long shake. Then, pour into a glass over fresh ice and float the dark rum over the top. Garnish with a sprig of mint, a wedge of lime, or both.
#7 Sex On The Beach
Sex on the Beach is a simple, fruity mixed drink containing vodka, schnapps, cranberry juice, and orange juice. However, Sex on the Beach has unclear origins.
One of the fruity mixed drink's origin stories dates to 1987 when a drinks company wanted to boost the sales of its new product, peach schnapps. During Fort Lauderdale's spring break season, the company executed this idea by offering $1,000 to bars and $100 to a bartender for top product sales.
Responding to the demand, Confetti bar's Ted Pizio created a new cocktail with peach schnapps, vodka, orange juice, and grenadine, and it was an instant success. When questioned about the drink's name, Pizio drew inspiration from the countless hordes of spring breakers and called it the Sex on the Beach.
But of course, there's always more than one side to history, especially when alcohol is involved. Some say a recipe for the Sex on the Beach appeared years earlier than Pizio's memorable spring break special. The earliest-known cocktail recipe was first written in the 1982 edition of the American Bartenders School Guide to Drinks — only a few short years before Pizio became famous.
Regardless of your interpretation of history, the Sex on the Beach remains an easy-to-make drink with a fruitier and sweeter flavor, typically enjoyed during spring break amid sunny weather.
- 1.5oz vodka
- 0.5oz peach schnapps
- 0.5oz optional Chambord
- 1.5oz orange juice
- 1/5oz cranberry juice
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake—that's it. Garnish with beachy vibes by tossing in an umbrella. Enjoy!
#8 Singapore Sling
In the 1930s, the Singapore Sling cocktail was born. Harry Craddock and David Embury have published recipes, but both are slightly different.
The recipe for this cocktail has appeared in many books and exists on cocktail menus in bars worldwide, but Ngiam Tong Boon created it in 1937, adding it to the list of drinks available at Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore.
The Singapore Sling is light, fruity, and very strong; it contains many ingredients, but the trouble is worth it. Please give it a go and see why it's one of our favorite fruity mixed drinks for home-based cocktail making.
- 0.75oz gin
- 0.25oz Benedictine
- 0.25oz Grand Marnier
- 0.25oz cherry herring liqueur
- 1oz pineapple juice
- 0.5oz lime juice
- 1 dash of Angostura bitters
- Club soda to top
Put all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker except for the club soda. Then, add in the ice, shake and strain into a glass. Add an orange slice and a cherry for garnish.
#9 Wild Eyed Rose
The Wilde Eyed Rose is a fruity, easy-to-make mixed drink with historical roots. We can thank the drink's original creator, Victor Bergeron (aka Trader Vic), for whipping it up and publishing it in the 1947 book titled "Bartender's Guide by Trader Vic."
We love this fruity mixed drink because Irish whiskey doesn't always get its glory in the creative world of cocktails, so we had to add it to this list. The bonus? It's also easy to make, justifying its rightful place on our list of best mixed drinks at home.
Check out the Wild Eyed Rose, but be careful; you may start to feel wild too after tasting its deliciousness.
- 2oz Irish whiskey
- 0.75oz lime juice
- 0.75oz grenadine
All ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice and give it a good shake. Strain into a glass (with or without ice) and enjoy.
Now it's time to make the best fruity mixed drinks at home!
Even those who tend to order their favorite syrup straight up or on the rocks opt for a fruity mixed drink occasionally. With the 9 best fruity cocktails listed above, you'll be whipping up delectable mixed drinks at home in no time—and you'll be able to impress with drinks of all kinds!
Want to take all the effort out of the equation while maintaining fresh, quality, well-mixed ingredients? Snag your favorite Mixly mixer (or two) to stir up the best fruity mixed drinks at home that will consistently satisfy and impress.