Finding a good cocktail is easy. Finding a good cocktail served inside a vessel made from fresh fruit is a little tougher. Lucky for you, we’ve done the tedious legwork and rounded up eight dreamy drinks served out of everything from pineapples to watermelons to grapefruits. If you’re not already on vacation when you’re sipping one of these, you’ll definitely feel like you are.
1. Aku-Aku Lapu at The Grass Skirt, San Diego
A luau-esque libation served in a whole pineapple fits right in at this cool and colorful Pacific Beach tiki bar and pupu palace decked out in lava rock, fire features, and bamboo. The drink utilizes The Grass Skirt’s super-secret blend of seven rums along with Demerara 151 rum and a mix of fresh-squeezed fruit juices, including pineapple and passionfruit. It’s meant for two people, but we won't judge you if you keep it all to yourself.
2. Green Isaac’s Special at Mortar & Pestle, San Matteo and San Jose, CA
This duo of Northern California lounges focuses on Indian-inspired cocktails like this one—a gin-based tipple that blends Demerara syrup, cherry bark vanilla, and coconut water and pours it over crushed ice inside a smooth coconut. Of course, it’s done up with one of those vacation-y paper umbrellas, but it also gets a dose of evaporating liquid nitrogen for drama.
3. No Ka Oi Mai Tai at Relish Burger Bistro, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Kaanapali, HI
No Ka Oi loosely translates to “the best,” and this craft cocktail certainly lives up to its name, often landing on lists of top mai tais around the state. Junior Bumanglag, a bartender at the beachfront resort, creates his version with Cruzan pineapple and coconut rums, Grand Marnier, muddled limes, fresh pineapple and orange juices, a citrus-infused sugar cane syrup, and a float of Old Lahaina dark rum. While you could just get it in a glass, you’ve got the option to upgrade to a freshly hollowed Maui-grown pineapple. And if ever there were a time to sip from a pineapple, it’s when you’re kicking back in Maui.
4. Coin Toss Cocktail at Jackrabbit, Portland, OR
It’s not just a cute name. At Top Chef Masters champ Chris Cosentino’s Portland eatery, a flip of the coin decides whether the slushy sipper is made with gin or tequila. Either way, it’s blended with yellow chartreuse, grapefruit liqueur, ginger, and lime and served over shaved ice inside a gorgeous grapefruit bowl, so kind of a win-win.
5. Mezcalita at Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico
The resort only offers this monstrous melon drink to guests taking advantage of the property’s infinity pool (the same lucky ducks who get a dedicated aqua attendant only focused on guests inthe pool.) The Mezcalita blends mezcal with lime juice, watermelon juice, and actual cubes of the fruit that have been soaking in watermelon liqueur. It's served inside the heart of a fresh watermelon, making for an eye-catching cocktail worth swimming to the side for.
6. Melon Soju at Pocha 32, New York City
Made with soju, Sprite, and pureed melon, this frothy drink served at this Midtown Korean restaurant popular with a late-night crowd fills up a hollowed honeydew melon and comes with a ladle for divvying up, along with a mini popsicle for a bonus dose of sweet stuff. It must be all that sugar keeping patrons up so late…
7. 100 Mile at Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts, Ponte Vedra, FL
The seasonal cocktail here rotates throughout the year, but this summer the concoction features Florida-made St. Augustine Cane vodka, fresh grapefruit juice, strawberry lime shrub, and a squeeze of honey, served up in a cute little customized coconut branded with the property's name.
8. Watermelon Daiquiri at Paradise Cove Beach Cafe, Malibu, CA
You'd better really like melon if you order a watermelon daiquiri at this beachfront restaurant and bar in Malibu. The drink combines watermelon liqueur, melon rum, and vodka with a little agave nectar and muddles it inside a whole watermelon, garnishing it with a pretty purple orchid flower.
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