Cocktail Alternative: Booze-Soaked Fruit Skewers

published Sep 3, 2010
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These fruit skewers will definitely be putting in an appearance at our next backyard cookout, no question! They’re like a cocktail and an appetizer rolled into one. What could be better?

We’ve seen a few recipes for making these skewers, but really it couldn’t be simpler. Simply cut your fruit into bite-sized pieces, put them in a container, and cover with the liquor of your choice. Let this sit for anywhere from a few hours to overnight. Thread the fruit onto skewers and you’re ready to hand them out as guests arrive.

We find juicy fruits like pineapple, kiwis, peaches, and pears to work the best, and you can use any liquor your heart desires. Vodka picks up the flavors of the fruits very nicely while liquors like rum and brandy add their own fruit flavors to the mix. And believe us, these soaked fruits pack a powerful boozy punch! One skewer is about the equivalent of a fairly stiff cocktail.

We also really like this idea from the blog Chaos in the Kitchen for sprinkling each skewer with spices like cinnamon and ginger before serving. She also chars each kebab on the grill to caramelize the sugars and give the fruit a smoky flavor. That sounds incredibly delicious.

Grilled Fruit Skewers from Chaos in the Kitchen

Have you ever tried this?