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Oct 17, 2019

Freaky Fruit Cocktails

Today's recipes are for three tropical fruit cocktails, a Freaky Green Cocktail, a Spicy Rambutan Cocktail, and Passion Fruit Margarita.

I received product samples from Melissa's Produce to aid in the creation of #FreakyFruitsFriday recipes. All opinions are mine. 

Freaky fruit cocktails

For the three Freaky cocktails, I used Kiwano melons for the Freaky Green Cocktail, rambutans for the Spicy Rambutan Cocktail, and passion fruit for the Passion Fruit Margarita.

Today is the final Freaky Fruit Friday, an event hosted by Culinary Adventures with Camilla. Be sure to check out my Dragon Fruit Waldorf Salad and this Chayote with Roasted Tomatoes. I've had a lot of fun with the fruits from Melissa's Produce.

I hope you will try at least one of these cocktails.

The Freaky Green Cocktail

This freaky green cocktail is made with Kiwano Melon, lime juice, Cointreau, and gin. It's sweet, but not too sweet. It's also freaking delicious. 

Freaky green cocktail

What is a Kiwano Melon?

Kiwano melon, also known as the "horned melon," was originally only grown in New Zealand, but is now grown in California too. In fact, they are in season in my local grocery store. 

They are yellow and spiky on the outside and are filled with a jelly-like seeded green interior. The flavor is said to be like a cucumber crossed with a banana when fully ripened. 

Kiwano melon, sliced

The seeds in a kiwano are edible, perfect for blending into a cocktail.

Just slice a kiwano melon in half and squeeze the fruit into a blender. Once you have pulsed the fruit in the blender, strain the blended fruit into a glass or a cocktail shaker.

Kiwano melon juice

Once you have extracted the juice, shake it with the gin, Cointreau, and lime and strain into a cocktail glass. This cocktail is worth the purchase of a kiwano.

Spicy Rambutan Cocktail

This spicy rambutan cocktail takes the sweetness of the rambutan fruit and combines it with the spiciness of a jalapeño. Plus, there is fresh ginger, lime, Cointreau, and white rum.

Rambutan cocktail

What is a Rambutan?

The rambutan is related to the lychee, and has a "hairy" peel on the outside. 

Rambutan cocktail rambutan

The flesh is white and mildly sweet. While they may look intimidating, they are easy to peel, revealing a gorgeous sweet white flesh. 

Rambutan peeled

There is an inedible seed in the middle, and it is difficult to extract. I found it easier to slice off the fruit to muddle in this cocktail. 

Passion Fruit Margaritas

These passion fruit margaritas include passion fruit nectar, tequila, limeade concentrate, and salt into a delicious cocktail. 

Passion fruit margarita

I also inserted a couple of jalapeño slices into the margarita for an extra kick. 

To make these passion fruit margaritas, you will need to first make a passion fruit nectar. Fortunately, the peel, fruit, and seeds are all edible. Just cut four passion fruits in half and bring them to a boil in 8 cups of water for about 35 minutes. 

Let the mixture cool, process it in a blender, and then strain it into a bowl and stir in a cup of sugar until it is dissolved. 

Passion fruit sliced

Store the nectar in the refrigerator to make margaritas. 

Check out everyone else's Freaky Fruit recipes. 

Which one of these cocktails was my favorite? 

While I loved them all, the Freaky Green cocktail surprised me. It's my favorite. 

Freaky Fruit Cocktail Recipes

Freaky Fruit Cocktail Recipes
Yield: each recipe produces 1 to 4 cocktails
Today's recipes are for three tropical fruit cocktails, a Freaky Green Cocktail, a Spicy Rambutan Cocktail, and Passion Fruit Margarita.


For the Freaky Green Cocktail (1 cocktail)
  • 1 Kiwano melon, sliced in half
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 lime, juiced
For the Spicy Rambutan Cocktail (2 cocktails)
  • 12 rambutans, peeled and sliced, seeds removed
  • 4 jalapeño slices
  • 1/2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons limeade concentrate
  • 4 ounces white rum
  • 2 ounces Cointreau
For the Passion Fruit Margaritas (4 cocktails)
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1 cup passion fruit nectar
  • The juice from 4 limes
  • 4 tablespoons limeade concentrate
  • Pinch of salt


How to cook Freaky Fruit Cocktail Recipes

To Make the Freaky Green Cocktail (one cocktail)
  1. Slice a kiwano melon in half and squeeze the fruit and seeds into a blender.
  2. Pulse the blender a few times and then strain the ingredients into an ice filled shaker.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the shaker and shake until well chilled.
  4. Strain into a martini glass.
To Make the Rambutan Cocktails (makes two)
  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the rambutan fruit, the jalapeño slices, and the ginger.
  2. Add ice, frozen limeade concentrate, the rum and Cointreau, and shake vigorously. 
  3. Strain into two ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with more jalapeño if desired.
To Make the Passion Fruit Margarita (makes 4)
  1. Combine a cup of tequila, a cup of passion fruit nectar, 1/4 cup of triple sec, lime juice, and limeade concentrate and stir.
  2. Pour the mixture into 4 iced filled rocks glasses.
  3. Insert jalapeño slices if desired.
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Source for the Passion Fruit Nectar: Peru Delights
Inspiration for the Rambutan cocktail: Pineapple and coconuts

Would you like to comment?

  1. Well this is going to be a great start to the weekend. Cheers Karen.

    1. I definitely could use the Freaky green cocktail right now!

  2. Well, if I weren't chaperoning 15 kids this weekend... Thanks for joining me, Karen. I will be making these soon. I can't wait!

    1. Yay! Yeah, I guess teaching them the fine art of cocktailing wouldn't be appropriate!

  3. Whoa! Three cocktails and they all look amazing! I love that green color of the kiwano melon drink and they all look delicious and refreshing! Terrific ideas, Karen!

  4. Your drinks with all the different fruits sound and look amazing!!

  5. These cocktails are so much fun! I have a lone kiwano left in the fridge and I think I totally need to use it to make this drink!


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