Best Fruity Drinks to order at a bar

Top 17 Fruity Drinks to Order at a Bar

By Timo Torner / Last updated on October 27, 2022 

First published on October 26, 2022 

Sweet and fruity cocktails are often frowned upon. They are often labeled as childish, artificial, and inferior. -But fruity drinks can be a lot better than that.

When visiting a craft cocktail bar with friends, you'll sometimes not be in the mood for intensely bitter alcoholic drinks. Instead, you're looking for a light, sweet, and fruity cocktail to get into the vibe.

But instead of heading to the bar counter and vaguely ordering "something fruity", pick one of these best fruity drinks to order at a bar.

The 17 Best Fruity Cocktails You Should Order at a Bar

Strawberry Daiquiri

Fruity Strawberry Daiquiri

Ordering a Strawberry Daiquiri is a safe bet if you want a fruity twist on a classic cocktail. Typically made from Rum, frozen strawberries, lime juice, and a bit of syrup, it is served blended.

Who should order it: Strawberry lover looking for a rather sweet yet refreshing drink.

Piña Colada

Piña Colada on table

Another fantastic option is the Piña Colada. This tropical Rum cocktail is rich, creamy, sweet, and fruity. No wonder, this poolside sip is an all-time favorite of many.

The best recipe to make a tasty Piña Colada with plenty of natural fruity flavors is by using freshly squeezed pineapple juice, rich cream of coconut, and two types of Rum.

Who should order it: People looking for a sweet and creamy fruit cocktail.

Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan cocktail being poured on table

The Cosmopolitan is one of the most popular cocktails from the 90s. Usually served in a Martini glass, it is a simple and fruity mixed drink made from Vodka, cranberry juice, Cointreau, and freshly squeezed lime juice.

A proper Cosmo is a well-balanced sweet and sour drink with a fruity kick. To add a special touch, you can ask for a version based on Vodka citron.

Who should order it: 90s kids with a preference for the combination of Vodka & cranberry.

Alabama Slammer

Alabama Slammer on table

Typically, an Alabama Slammer comes in a Collins glass garnished with a slice of orange and a cherry. The boozy concoction of Sloe Gin, Amaretto, Southern Comfort, and fresh Orange juice is an excellent sweet & fruity cocktail to order on your next night out.

Historically, the "Slammer" was served as a shot but evolved into a full-sized drink over time. It is thought that the shot recipe originated at the University of Alabama, hence the name.  

Who should order it: People who prefer sweet cocktails and like orange juice in their drinks.

Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz on black background

An Aperol Spritz is a superb alternative if you're looking for a fruity but not overly sweet drink. The recipe contains bittersweet Aperol, Prosecco spumante, and chilled soda water.

The result is a fruity drink that's light, and refreshing, with a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. -A perfect drink to order on hot summer days.

Who should order it: People who want a light and refreshing drink that's not overly sweet.

Pornstar Martini

Pornstar Martini from top

It may not sound like a classy choice, but the Pornstar Martini is one of the best fruity drinks to order at a bar. You'll get a Vodka-based sour cocktail, made with fresh passion fruit juice and Passoa (passion fruit liqueur), served along a Prosecco shot.

Often, this drink is garnished with half a fresh passion fruit which makes for a welcome fruity snack.

Who should order it: Lovers of sweet and sour cocktails. 

Hurricane

Hurricane cocktail on coaster

If you're the Rum type, how about ordering a Hurricane? This fruity cocktail not only features different types of Rum but also a selection of fruity ingredients and comes in its signature glass.

Fresh juice from passion fruits, limes, pineapples, and oranges is mixed with white and dark Rum. Sometimes, Overproof Rum is added for extra complexity. 

Who should order it: People that like Rum and/or Tiki cocktails.

Mai Tai

Mai Tai cocktail on table

Another Tiki cocktail that's always a good choice is the Mai Tai. This tropical cocktail tastes like a holiday in a glass. The drink is based on White Rum, Curacao, lime juice, and orgeat syrup with a float of aged Rum.

A proper Mai Tai is only shaken shortly with crushed ice and then dirt-dumped into a cocktail glass. Topped with dark Rum and garnished with fresh mint, this Tiki drink is a brilliant fruity cocktail.

Who should order it: People who prefer fruity yet boozy drinks that aren't overly sweet.

Harvey Wallbanger

Harvey Wallbanger on table

If you're looking for an orange-forward drink, the Harvey Wallbanger is a great choice. This twist on a regular Screwdriver is made with Vodka, Galliano, and fresh orange juice.

It's easy to make and tastes just like an orange creamsicle. It was super popular in the 1970s but is still a regular serving in bars.

Who should order it: People that look for an orange-flavored cocktail that's more complex than a Screwdriver.

Painkiller

Painkiller cocktail on dark background

If you love a good Piña Colada, the Painkiller cocktail might be an excellent, even fruitier option. Just like the original, the Painkiller is based on Rum mixed with pineapple juice, and cream of coconut but includes some extra orange juice.

Topped with freshly grated nutmeg and garnished with a pineapple wedge, it's an excellent cocktail to order.

Who should order it: People who love Piña Coladas but want to order a fruitier and less sweet cocktail.

Clover Club

Clover Club on table with fresh raspberries

The good old Clover Club is my go-to drink when ordering a fruity cocktail at a bar. Gin, fresh lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and egg white are all you need to make this elegant and classic cocktail.

The perfect garnish for a Clover Club is, of course, fresh raspberries. Not only do they look great, but they make for a healthy snack.

Who should order it: People who prefer classic cocktails and don't mind egg white in their drinks.

Singapore Sling

Singapore Sling

Gin lovers might fancy ordering a Singapore Sling. This cocktail not only packs a punch but also offers lots of fruity notes. The list of ingredients that go into the cocktail is long.

Gin, Heering cherry liqueur, DOM Benedictine, Cointreau, pineapple juice, lime juice, grenadine, and Angostura bitters make the flavor profile of a Singapore Sling fruit-forward but at the same time very complex.

Who should order it: Gin-lovers that prefer sweet and sour cocktails.

Sex In The Driveway

Sex In The Driveway

The Sex in the Driveway cocktail is a twist on the better-known Sex on the Beach. The main difference is the bright blue color of Blue Curaçao liqueur.

Tastewise, it's a combination of orange flavors from Curaçao, peach notes from Peach Schnapps, and lemon and lime notes from flavored soda. 

Who should order it: People looking for a bright, colorful drink with lots of sweet and sour notes.

Russian Spring Punch

Russian Spring Punch on table

The Russian Spring Punch is a creation from the 1980s invented by bartending legend Dick Bradsell. His boozy formula is even listed by the IBA in their New Era Drinks category, along with top cocktails like the Espresso Martini or New York Sour.

To make this drink, you'll need Vodka, fresh lemon juice, Crème de Cassis, sugar syrup, and Champagne. If you don't want to spend a fortune on Champagne, you can opt for a more affordable sparkling wine.

Who should order it: People looking for a boozy drink and lovers of Champagne cocktails.

Midori Sour

Midori Sour on wooden board

A Midori Sour is an excellent fruity drink to order if you're a fan of melon. The base of this drink is the famous melon liqueur from Midori combined with Vodka, fresh lemon juice, and lime juice.

Midori is a unique and quite interesting ingredient in cocktails. It's a melon-flavored liqueur from Japan made from musk melons and yubari fruit. It's best combined with acidic ingredients to balance its rather sweet taste.

Who should order it: Fans of melon flavor in cocktails who prefer rather sweet drinks.

(Watermelon) Mojito

Watermelon Mojito on table

A classic Mojito is another excellent drink to order. But while the standard version does not really count as a fruity drink, the twist using watermelon ticks this box.

A Watermelon Mojito is a superb summer cocktail with lots of fruity flavors and freshness from fresh mint leaves.

Who should order it: People who love a classic Mojito.

Fuzzy Naval

Fuzzy Naval on white background

The Fuzzy Naval is a super easy-to-make, two-ingredient cocktail. Peach Schnapps and fresh orange juice are all you need to make it.

Despite the low complexity, it's a great fruity drink to order at a bar. At least if you like the combination of sweet peach flavors and acidic orange juice. 

Who should order it: People that prefer lighter drinks with simple yet established flavor combinations.

What to consider when ordering fruity mixed drinks

Cocktails differ widely in flavor, sweetness, and also proof. So by ordering a fruity drink, you don't specify exactly what you want. It only tells that you like fruity notes in your cocktail. But a bartender needs to consider a lot more to get it right:

The level of fruitiness

Fruity flavors in drinks can be subtle but also quite strong, almost overpowering sometimes. Are you looking for a fruity drink that only has hints of fruit flavors, or do you prefer a very dominant fruit taste?

Drinks that only use one fruity component, like the Mai Tai, can be slightly fruity in a classic version but also super fruity in twists that add additional fresh fruit juices to the recipe. Make sure you state what level of fruity notes you prefer.

How sweet should it be?

Sweet and fruity often go along but not always. When ordering a fruity cocktail at a bar, tell the bartender if you like more on the sweet or sour side.

A Piña Colada is definitely on the sweeter (and creamier) side, while a Pornstar Martini is a lot more sour and refreshing.

The strength of the drink

Fruity drinks tend to be lower in alcohol than standard cocktails. That's not always the case but more often than not.

The reason is simple: when using fresh fruits and fruit juices in a fruity twist, the absolute amount of boozy ingredients often does not change. Hence, the ABV of these drinks tends to be lower.

If you want fruit flavors but do not want to miss out on alcohol, order a Russian Spring Punch or a classic Mai Tai.

Conclusion

I hope you got enough inspiration for fruity drinks to order. These drinks can be anything from sweet to sour, weak to boozy, and simple to quite complex.

You'll never go wrong by ordering a classic Clover Club or Pornstar Martini. Both drinks follow the standard pattern of Sour Cocktails and balance the base spirit with acidic juices and sweeteners. Also, both cocktails are well-balanced, fruity, sweet, and slightly sour.

FAQs

Is a fruity drink a Ladys drink?

Simply put, they're considered ladies drinks. That is mainly because a fruit-forward cocktail is sweeter and lower in alcohol, making it easier to drink.

Will fruity cocktails get me drunk?

You bet! Although fruity drinks typically contain less alcohol, they still hold enough to get you drunk quickly. Potentially, even more than other cocktails, as they're so easy to drink.

What's a classic fruity drink to order from a bartender?

One of the best classic fruity cocktails is the Clover Club. It is made with Gin, fresh lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and egg white. Typically, the drink comes garnished with fresh raspberries.

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