TRUE FRUIT COCKTAIL

True Fruit Cocktail

Made with utterly fresh springtime fruits!!

In honor of National Fruit Cocktail day on May 13th, we thought it would be fun to make an updated healthier version of this traditional fruit mixture. To make it “cocktail like”, we are serving it in a cocktail glass with a sauce vs serving it in a traditional salad bowl.

Fruit cocktail was originally made from bruised or less attractive pieces of fruit that couldn’t be sold whole. They would cut them into smaller pieces, and it looked like it was supposed to be this way. 

A traditional fruit cocktail is from a can and often is laced with heavy syrup.  This syrup contains high fructose corn syrup, sugar and corn syrup and packs a whopping 21 grams of sugar per serving!

To update this, we used fresh springtime fruits, strawberries, kiwi and pineapple.  Then we added our own special sauce to it.  One serving of this recipe contains a mammoth amount of 223% of your daily recommended amount of Vitamin C! Plus it contains calcium and iron. 

It also contains poppyseeds which are thought to contain pain-reliving compounds, help with digestion and may improve chances of fertility. 

Many people think fruit cocktail has the word cocktail in it because it was originally made with booze. Simply, not true. However, some people are actually now adding their favorite booze such as brandy or whiskey to their homemade versions. 

FUN FACT: Fruit cocktails are one of the most popular accompaniments to wine.

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

Fruit cocktail –

  • 1 fresh pineapple – cut into cubes
  • 3 medium kiwifruit – halved and sliced
  • 2 cups strawberries – chopped or sliced

Directions: Chop fruit and place it in a large bowl. 

Fruit cocktail sauce – 2 ways

#1. Creamy Lemony Fruit Cocktail Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons plain coconut yogurt – I used the Culina brand
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon (about 1 medium sized lemon). I used my fruit squeezer for this. 
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon organic almond oil
  • ¼ teaspoon poppy seeds
  • Optional: ¼ teaspoon lemon zest. 
  • Optional: whole fruit or coconut flakes

Directions: 

  1. 1.Whisk all of the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. 2.Pour over fruit mixture and mix thoroughly.
  3. 3.Divide mixed fruit into martini or other cocktail glasses.
  4. 4.Top with a whole fruit or coconut flakes – if desired. 

#2. Poppy Seed Fruit Cocktail Sauce

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon organic champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sprinkle of granulated onion 
  • 1/3 cup organic almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • Optional: whole fruit or coconut flakes

Directions: 

  1. 5.Whisk all of the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. 6.Pour over fruit mixture and mix thoroughly.
  3. 7.Divide mixed fruit into martini or other cocktail glasses.
  4. 8.Top with a whole fruit or coconut flakes if desired. 

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