Luke Kalawsky has a passion for all things trees, plants, and landscape design. He has designed numerous landscapes as the head designer in the Surprise, Arizona region until he became a manager of our Central Phoenix Nursery. He now dedicates his knowledge, expertise, and creative capabilities to help the masses discover how to design, plant, and maintain their landscapes with his writings.
In this series, we are going to be talking about the steps to creating a backyard paradise ready for any summer. You’ll be able to kick your feet up under shady palm trees, drink a fresh fruit cocktail, and relax in the company of a colorful oasis of flowering trees and plants. We are going to discuss the top fruit trees to plant for incredibly tasty fruit cocktail drinks, the best palm trees for your backyard escape, and the most beautiful flowering trees to transform your landscape into a tropical retreat.
If you haven’t read the other articles in our Tropical Backyard Ideas series, check them out for the best palms to plant around your pool, patio, or pergola, and the best selection of flowering trees to add some serious color to your backyard oasis!
- Part 2: Palms to Plant Around Pools, Patios, and Pergolas
- Part 3: The Flowering Trees & Plants of Paradise
In this article, we will explore the most popular Moon Valley Nurseries fresh fruit cocktail recipes. Get ready for an explosion of flavor with the sweet and refreshing tang of fresh fruit straight from trees that can grow in your own landscape. It’s like having a tiki bar in your own backyard!
A SIP OF PARADISE
Meet the stars of this tropical drink menu!
THE MOON VALLEY PEACH PARADISE BELLINI
This tropical treat features some fresh peaches grown from our premium specimen peach trees. Take two peaches and blend them into a smooth puree, then let them chill for 1 hour. After chilled, add a pinch of sugar to your peach puree and your choice of champagne or sparkling wine. Finally, mix slowly to maintain the carbonation. All that’s left is sit back and enjoy!
- 4 oz of Champagne or Sparkling Wine
- A Pinch of Sugar
MOON VALLEY SPIKED HIBISCUS TEA
For a drink recipe that’s sure to impress, try out our unique spiked tea! To create a combination of tropical notes and southern charm, use one of our delicious pomegranates and several large hibiscus flowers. Start by allowing the blooms to infuse with tea overnight to create hibiscus tea. Juice your Pomegranate and combine with a cinnamon whiskey of your choice and the infused hibiscus tea. Serve over ice and enjoy!
- 8 oz Black Tea
- 1 oz Cinnamon Whisky
THE MOON VALLEY APPLETINI CRISP
This delightful fresh fruit cocktail recipe utilizes several crisp apples from our trees to get its distinctive flavor. Start by juicing four apples and chill the juice for 1 hour. Once chilled, combine the juice in a shaker with apple schnapps and vodka. Shake well and garnish with an apple slice. You can jazz it up further with a splash of cranberry juice!
- 2 oz Vodka
- 1 oz Sour Apple Schnapps
- (Optional) Splash of Cranberry Juice
We hope you try all these delicious drink recipes and enjoy them as much as we do! For more information on the fruit and citrus trees to start your own backyard cocktail bar, check out our selection of the best fruit trees here! Be sure to check out our next article on bringing the tropics to your backyard where we talk about the best palms to create a tropical retreat in your landscape.
To get professional advice on designing your own orchard of fruit and citrus trees, or to begin forming your complete tropical landscape, schedule a consultation with our expert landscape designers. They love to create backyard paradises and are ready to help you imagine, design, and attain your dream yard.
To enjoy more tropical backyard ideas, check out our other articles in this series:
Updated March 2022 by Luke Kalawsky