Next time you're throwing a tropical party or headed to a tailgating celebration, switch out your tired margarita glasses for something truly unique. Try serving your margaritas, tropical cocktails and other frozen concoctions in festive fruit containers. Here are four of the best fruits to carve out into exciting cups.
Despite their name, coconuts are actually not nuts at all, but fruit. Although Parrotheads may be more likely to think of coconuts as a bikini top or pina colada necessity, the actual shell can make an excellent tropical drink holder.
There are two ways to carve a coconut for you to have a truly Caribbean cocktail cup. If you're working with a fresh, new coconut you can leave the large green exterior on and cut into it with a machete to get to the water and milk. Feel free to use this in your cocktail or empty it out and fill the shell with your drink. The second way to drink from a coconut doesn't require a machete and leaves you with the small hairy, brown sphere you know and love. Instructables advised that you can use a hammer to crack open a coconut that is brown and has been off the tree for a while.
Pineapples are one of the best fruits to use as a beverage holder, not only because they're sweet and cup shaped, but they look great. All you need to do to make a pineapple glass for your frozen concoction is to cut off the top and scoop out the center. This can be done with a spoon, melon baller or ice cream scoop. Cut the pineapple about 2 inches from the top and make sure you have straws to get all the way to the bottom. If the pineapple doesn't sit flat when you cut its top, the Cooking Channel advised cutting the bottom as well, but not all the way through.
BuzzFeed pointed to a watermelon as the perfect beverage container. Consider using a small watermelon, cutting it in half and using this hemisphere as your goblet for the night. Scoop out the fruit and serve it as garnishes or summer snacks. SheKnows explained that you can use the watermelon flesh to carve out small edible shot glasses for margarita shots.
Not only does the shape and consistency of an apple make it ideal for amateur fruit artists to create drinks in, you can also carve it' outside for a custom look. Give each of your friends a different design, shape or even their name on the exterior of the apple when you hand the fruit with their drink inside.