This post is sponsored on behalf of #FreakyFruitsFriday. Our generous sponsor, Melissa's Produce, has provided us with delicious freaky fruits for recipe creation. As always, all opinions are my own.
I was so excited when Melissa's Produce sent me a box of freaky fruits! I am all about fruit but I can't get too many different kinds in my rural town. When I received my box I was excited to find strawberry papayas, Dragon Fruit, and Passion Fruit, to Horned Melons and Chayote Squash. I couldn't wait to get creating!
The first thing I wanted to make was a cocktail. I figured I could put a few of the tropical fruits together along with vodka or rum and serve it over ice. I haven't had several of the fruits before so I needed to try them before I could decide what to use in my drink.
I knew I wanted to use the passion fruit in my cocktail and I tried the strawberry papaya, horned melon, Dragon Fruit, and Rambutans. I was surprised by the flavor of some of the fruits. They were more tart than sweet but I thought that would actually work better in my cocktail.
I ended up using the horned melon, Dragon Fruit, strawberry papaya, and Passion Fruit. I scooped out the middle of all of them, including the seeds of the horned melon and Passion Fruit. I chose vodka over rum because I feel like vodka doesn't have any taste so I would really be able to get the flavors from the fruits. While I know you can eat the seeds from some of the fruits I strained the mixture and took them out after blending them together.
I tasted my cocktail and it was super tart! I liked it but I thought it needed a little sugar to help it out. The resulting cocktail is a frothy, fruity, sweet and tart cocktail that is a creepy green color. The creepy green color along with the froth got me thinking it would be a really fun Halloween cocktail.
While looking for a glass to put it in my eyes fell of the horned melon. I scooped out the remaining membranes and then stood it up. I poured the cocktail into the melon along with ice cubes and served it with a straw. It was freaky and creepy and totally delicious. I would love to serve these for a fun Halloween cocktail!
- 1 Kiwano horned melon
- 1 strawberry papaya
- 2 passion fruits
- 1 Dragon fruit
- 1 lime
- 3 T. sugar
- 4 oz. vodka
- Cut the Kiwano horned melon in half. Scoop out the middle, including the seeds, and place the seeds and pulp in a blender. Save the two halves of the melon for later.
- Cut the papaya in half and scoop out the seeds. Remove the fruit and place it in the blender.
- Cut the passion fruit in half and scoop the seeds and pulp into the blender.
- Blend the fruits for 1 minute.
- Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds.
- Place the strained mixture back in the blender. Cut the dragon fruit in half and scoop out half of the inside and place in the blender.
- Juice the lime into the blender and add the sugar and vodka.
- Blend the mixture until frothy.
- Clean out the inside of both halves of the horned melon. Stand each upright so it looks like a cup. Add several ice cubes to each. Pour a quarter of the frothy cocktail into each cup and serve with a straw.
- Serve the remaining cocktail in two short glasses filled with ice.
Check out the other #FreakyFruitsFriday recipes:
- Blood Orange Whiskey Smash by Ellen at Family Around the Table
- Chayote and Cuitlacoche Enchiladas by Sue at Palatable Pastime
- Dragonfruit Acai Bowl by Anne at Simple and Savory
- Dragonfruit Sorbet by Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Freaky Fruits Cocktail in a Horned Melon Cup by Heather at Hezzi-D's
Books and Cooks
- Freaky Friday Muffins with Cherimoya by Terri at Our Good Life
- Passionfruit Frozen Custard (With Seeds) by Colleen at Faith, Hope,
Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
- Passionfruit Lemon Loaf Cake by Amy at House of Nash Eats
- Spicy Prawn and Freaky Fruits Noodle Salad by Camilla at Culinary
Adventures with Camilla
- Tropical White Cake with Dragonfruit Buttercream by Carlee at Cooking with Carlee