Fruity cocktails get a bad rap. They scream tourists in Hawaiian shirts, or worse, they bring to mind those dreaded frozen drinks that come in huge margarita glasses. But Miami bartenders are mixing up fresh, fruit-based cocktails that will have you rethinking those cliché concoctions, and we found six you should try immediately—go ahead and pick your poison.
Take a few sips of this berry libation and get ready to be transported to the beaches of St. Tropez. It’s the perfect beachside drink for a day of frolicking and celebrity gazing at Nikki Beach. The homemade rosemary and ginger syrup added to this one-of-a-kind vodka drink makes it a top choice for sexy beachgoers. 1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-538-1111
Consider yourself on the right side of the tracks after ordering this flavorful, over-the-top cocktail at the Vagabond in MiMo, one of Miami’s most recognizable landmarks. While the drink incorporates fresh fruit, the pineapples used are smoked with a smoking gun and hickory wood chips, infused with tequila, juiced, and served, so the end result is far from overly sweet. You also feel the hint of chili that gives it an extra oomph. 7301 Biscayne Blvd., 305-400-8420
It’s all about freshness when it comes to this distinct Rum Line cocktail. Grab a couch outdoors or a stool at the bar (maybe, just maybe, the bartender will spill his secrets) and savor the fruity explosion of local strawberries (the purée is made in-house), oranges, and lemons muddled with basil and mint garnishes. The EG vodka acts as a blank canvas for the fresh herbs and juices, giving it that balanced and savory taste. It’s the ideal cocktail for catching one of those famed Miami sunsets. 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-695-0110
This is not your ordinary frozen drink. The historically-revamped Ball & Chain in Little Havana is known for its spins on classic cocktails—like the Bananita Daiquiri. Enjoy some música Cubana or get your salsa on while sipping on this Bacardi number made especially tasty thanks to a dusting of coffee beans blended into the banana purée. The lime juice does a good job of cutting down the drink’s sweetness. 1513 SW Eighth St., Miami, 305-643-7820
The famed candy empire isn’t limited to Swedish Fish and gummy bears; add cocktails to the list of treats now offered at the Lincoln Road location. Prepare for a literal cotton candy explosion made possible by Pop Rocks and apple cotton candy simple syrup. Adults get to have some fun with this citrus vodka and Midori refreshment as you watch it start to fizz faster once all of the ingredients are poured over the Rocks. 801 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-531-1988
Miami’s Broken Shaker never disappoints when it comes to creating stylish and innovative cocktails for any palette (the eclectic backyard setting doesn’t hurt either). After all, they were just named Best American Hotel Bar at the ninth annual Spirited Awards. Take the Kale and Pineapple Caipirinha: It combines a traditional Brazilian cachaça with kale—an unexpected ingredient for a "fruity" cocktail—pineapple adds sweetness to the invigorating drink, and you can even get away with saying it’s slightly healthy. 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach, 305-531-2727