Fruit Cocktail Recipe with Apple, Lemon, Orange, Pineapple and Cinnamon

Fruit Cocktail

Fruit Cocktail Recipe with Apple, Lemon, Orange, Pineapple and Cinnamon
Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes | Servings: 4


Fruit Cocktail
Fruit Cocktail

Fruit cocktail is a refreshing and delicious dish that combines a variety of fruits in a sweet and tangy syrup. It is a popular dessert or snack that is perfect for any occasion.


The fruit cocktail recipe has been around for many years and has evolved over time. It is believed to have originated in the United States in the early 20th century as a way to preserve and enjoy a variety of fruits all year round.


How to prepare

  1. Combine apple juice, lemon juice, orange or lemon peel, salt, and cinnamon sticks in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Cool slightly.
  3. Remove cinnamon sticks. Combine apples, pineapple, and orange. Pour syrup over the fruit and chill.


  • Add other fruits such as grapes, berries, or kiwi to the cocktail.
  • Mix in a splash of rum or coconut milk for a tropical twist.
  • Top with chopped nuts or granola for added crunch.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Use fresh and ripe fruits for the best flavor and texture.

- Feel free to customize the fruits in the cocktail based on your preferences.

- Adjust the sweetness of the syrup by adding more or less sugar to taste.

- Serve the fruit cocktail chilled for a refreshing treat.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the fruit cocktail as a light and refreshing dessert or snack. It can also be served as a topping for yogurt or ice cream.

Cooking Techniques

Simmering, chilling

Ingredient Substitutions

Use canned fruit cocktail in syrup instead of fresh fruits.

- Substitute orange juice for apple juice if desired.

- Use ground cinnamon instead of cinnamon sticks.

Make Ahead Tips

The fruit cocktail can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Stir before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the fruit cocktail in individual glass bowls or cups for an elegant presentation. Garnish with a sprig of mint or a slice of lemon for a pop of color.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair the fruit cocktail with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a slice of pound cake for a delicious dessert combination.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover fruit cocktail in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Serve chilled.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Calories per serving: 120


Carbohydrates: 30g per serving


Fats: 0g per serving


Proteins: 1g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamins and Minerals: Rich in Vitamin C and fiber


Allergens: None


The fruit cocktail is a healthy and nutritious dessert option that is low in calories and fat. It is a good source of Vitamin C and fiber.


Fruit cocktail is a simple and delicious dessert that is perfect for any occasion. With a variety of fruits in a sweet and tangy syrup, it is a refreshing treat that is sure to please.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the sense of wonder I felt when I first saw this recipe for fruit cocktail. It was many years ago, back when I was just a young girl learning the ways of the kitchen from my own grandmother. She was a master in the art of cooking and baking, and I was always eager to soak up as much knowledge as I could from her.

One summer day, I was helping her prepare a meal for our family when she pulled out a tattered old recipe book from the pantry. As she flipped through the pages, she came across a recipe for fruit cocktail that caught my eye. The vibrant colors and delicious combination of fruits seemed like a magical creation to me.

My grandmother noticed my fascination and smiled, knowing that I was eager to learn something new. She explained to me that fruit cocktail was a simple but delightful dessert that could be enjoyed on its own or used as a topping for cakes and pastries. She also told me that the recipe had been passed down through generations in our family, with each cook adding their own twist to it.

As she gathered the ingredients and taught me the steps to make the fruit cocktail, I listened intently, soaking in every detail. We started by selecting a variety of fresh fruits from the garden - ripe strawberries, juicy peaches, plump blueberries, and tangy pineapple. My grandmother showed me how to peel, chop, and mix the fruits together in a large bowl, creating a colorful medley that was almost too beautiful to eat.

Next, she added a splash of freshly squeezed orange juice and a sprinkle of sugar to enhance the natural sweetness of the fruits. A dash of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg added a warm, spicy flavor that complemented the fresh fruit perfectly. As the flavors melded together, the aroma that filled the kitchen was simply intoxicating.

Once the fruit cocktail was ready, my grandmother spooned it into individual serving dishes and topped it with a dollop of whipped cream. The final touch was a garnish of fresh mint leaves, adding a burst of green color and a hint of freshness to the dish.

As we sat down to enjoy our creation, I marveled at how something so simple could bring so much joy and satisfaction. The combination of flavors and textures was truly heavenly, and I knew that this recipe would become a staple in my own repertoire.

Over the years, I have made fruit cocktail countless times, each batch slightly different from the last as I experimented with new fruits and flavors. I have shared the recipe with friends and family, spreading the joy of this delightful dessert wherever I go.

As I look back on that day in my grandmother's kitchen, I realize how much I have learned from her over the years. Her passion for cooking and her dedication to preserving our family's culinary traditions have inspired me to continue exploring new recipes and sharing them with others.

And so, every time I make fruit cocktail, I am reminded of the sense of wonder I felt that day and the love and wisdom that my grandmother passed down to me. It is a simple dish, but one that holds a special place in my heart, connecting me to my past and guiding me into the future.


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