One of our favorite parts of summer is the outdoor parties — good weather, good company, good food, and great desserts. There’s nothing that compares to that feeling of contentedness these moments bring. Just picture yourself chillaxin’ in a comfy lawn chair as a cool breeze carries the scent of veggie burgers and grilled vegetables with a summery drink in your hand. Maybe your drink of choice is sweet tea or maybe it’s lemonade — for a lot of us, it’s a refreshing summer cocktail. Now, this may just be our sweet tooth talking (it usually is), but what if we took our favorite cocktails and turned them into dessert? Aw, yeah.
The great thing about margaritas, mojitos, daiquiris, and more is not only that we can alter those cocktails with seasonal fruit, but also that they all translate into devourable desserts. If you’re at a loss for a fun, creative, and seasonally appropriate dessert for your next summer party, then look no further. Try one of these 15 desserts that totally remind us of cocktails!
1. Mango Lime Tartlet
These Mango Lime Tartlets contain mangos and limes for a burst of summery sweetness in every bite. They’re also completely processed-free, grain-free, guilt-free, and taste so good! These make the perfect treat to reward yourself after a long, hot day — like a mango margarita in dessert form.
2. Piña Colada Popsicles
The coconut, the rum, the pineapple … might as well throw in a one-way ticket to Waikiki beach. These fun, easy-to-make Piña Colada Popsicles are great for outdoor entertaining. One bite is all it takes to transport you and your guests straight to the tropics without having to pay for travel.
3. Raw Strawberry Lime Tarts
These Raw Strawberry Lime Tarts are a beautiful combo of zesty lime and sweet strawberries. Strawberry daiquiris in dessert form, anyone? They have a crust of walnuts, dates, and desiccated coconut topped with a creamy cashew and coconut filling flavored with fresh lime juice. These little tarts are the perfect treat for breakfast, a little snack, or for dessert.
4. Mango Lime Tres Leches Cake
This Mango Lime Tres Leches Cake is like a mango colada in a sweet, decadent, and summery cake. a basic vanilla cake is soaked in a mixture of soy milk, coconut milk, and coconut cream are used to create a dessert that’s moist and decadent. Topped with coconut cream frosting, fresh mango, and lime zest, this cake tastes like a cross between a mango margarita and a traditional tres leches cake. It’s not overly sweet, making it perfect for any celebration.
5. Raw Lemon Meltaway Balls
If a Tom Collins had a solid form, it would be these Raw Lemon Meltaway Balls. You can eat them plain, roll them in shredded organic coconut for a tropical vibe, roll them in almond flour, powdered sugar (if you like it sweet), or even put them in the dehydrator and they will be slightly hard on the outside and soft on the inside and be more like a lemon cookie. Either way, these will be a hit at your summer party.
6. Peach Tea Ice Pops With Bourbon
It’s summer, ladies and gentlemen! You can feel it in the air. What better way to get into the swing of summer than with some peachy sweet tea? These Peach Tea Ice Pops With Bourbon are easy to make and quick to assemble. You can use any black or green tea to make these, so get out there and enjoy the weather with one of these babies to keep you cool.
7. Mini Margarita Cheesecakes
Full disclaimer — these Mini Margarita Cheesecakes are family- friendly. Think of them as more “margarita inspired” than actually full of margarita. They’re also vegan, gluten-free, raw and completely delicious. They’ll be the hit of your next party, if they last long enough for the guests to arrive!
8. Frozen Piña Colada Cake
This beautiful Frozen Piña Colada Cake is reminiscent of sipping a chilly piña colada in a tropical paradise. The creamy coconut milk filling is flavored with sweet, yet tart pineapple and can be served one of two ways. You can serve it thawed so that it’s like a cream cake or serve it frozen for a cake that’s like ice cream. You won’t believe this has an entire zucchini in it. It’s totally undetectable, only adding to the creaminess, so the cake is totally delicious.
9. Raw Raspberry Mint Cheesecake
Bright and beautiful, this Raw Raspberry Mint Cheesecake would make a lovely addition to any table and not just because the flavors remind us of a raspberry mojito. Made primarily with coconut, cashews, mint, and raspberries, this cheesecake is as wholesome as it is decadent. Add as much or as little cashew cream topping as you desire.
10. Strawberry Margarita Pops
What could be better than combining the delicious flavor of strawberry margaritas with the fun of eating a popsicle? These Strawberry Margarita Pops are icy, fruity, and not too sweet (though you can add more agave if you like a sweeter version). Yum!
11. Frozen Blueberry Tart
Floral, salty, crunchy, icy, juicy, fruity, creamy, minty, and maple-y … this Frozen Blueberry Tart has all the makings of a blueberry mojito. It’s easy to make, can be made the night before a gathering, and when garnished with a mound of fresh berries and mint, it’s quite the show-stopper! After you make this tart once, you’ll be inspired to create it using different fruits and flavors.
12. Green Monster Margarita Smoothie
This Green Monster Margarita Smoothie really does taste like that summer drink we love so much. A mouthwatering watermelon margarita, green monster smoothie style. You know, with that tangy sweetness that makes you beg for more? Yeah. These are a must-make for the hot weather
13. 7-Ingredient Lemon Coconut Squares
These 7-Ingredient Lemon Coconut Squares are made with ingredients, are deliciously creamy, and have a zesty lemon touch! Plus, they’re like a coconut lemon sour. The crust is made from coconut flour, so not only are they gluten-free, they’re grain-free, so more people can enjoy them! Whoo!
14. Peach Melba Sangria
Meet Peach Melba Sangria, the traditional peach and raspberry dessert’s boozy sister! With sangria, the fruit is key — it has to be something that you want to keep going back to. Something juicy, sweet, and ripe, like raspberries and peaches. To amp up the peach flavor, you add schnapps and some sparkling water for effervescence. Sounds good, right? Aren’t you getting thirsty just thinking about it?
15. No-Bake Cherry Mint Tarts
These No-Bake Mint Cherry Tarts are like a cherry mint julep. They’re so easy to make and almost dangerously easy to eat. The crust is coconutty, with a bit of buckwheat crunch. Then they are filled with a creamy vanilla bean and mint cream and then they’re topped with beautiful fresh cherries. The chewy and crunchy crust is just the perfect vessel for the smooth and creamy filling and juicy cherries.
What’s your favorite summer drink and dessert? Let us know in the comments!
Lead image source: Raw Strawberry Lime Tarts