Fresh fruit is nature’s mixer.

Fruity, refreshing cocktails are what summer is about.

Fruity, refreshing cocktails are what summer is about.

But anyone who's ever downed five frozen margaritas at the pool can tell you that all those sugary mixers will leave you in a world of pain later. So if you want to drink festively this summer, consider sweetening your alcohol with straight-up fruit instead.

Now, we're not saying that adding a heaping pile of fruit to your cocktail is healthy. Nor will it magically prevent a hangover. But if you're looking for ways to naturally sweeten your alcoholic beverages — or just looking for ways to feel smug about your fruit intake while you get buzzed — we can help with that.

By the way, some of the recipes below call for simple syrup (sugar + hot water) or other fruit juices, so feel free to skip those if you're trying to cut down on your sugar intake.

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Make a boozy watermelon slushie IN a watermelon.

Make a boozy watermelon slushie IN a watermelon.

All you need is a melon, some alcohol, a knife, and a hand mixer.

Get the recipe here.

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Puree some pineapple, then add plenty of rum.

Puree some pineapple, then add plenty of rum.

Just remove the middle of the pineapple, puree it up, and combine with light and dark rum (plus some orange juice if you'd like it sweeter). Then dump it all back into your pineapple chalice. Congrats, you win summer.

Get the recipe here.

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Make bourbon-soaked cherries to garnish your drinks (or to snack on straight from the jar).

Make bourbon-soaked cherries to garnish your drinks (or to snack on straight from the jar).

Where has this been all my life?

Get the recipe here.

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