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Boozy Fruit Salad

This post is part of #ArborMist #StartSummer campaign hosted by #CollectiveBias, the social shopper media company. All opinions are mine alone.

Boozy, fruity and refreshing, this fruit salad is dressed with honey/merlot syrup! Unbelievable flavor combination in one big fruity bowl!

Boozy, fruity and refreshing, this fruit salad is dressed with honey/merlot syrup! Unbelievable flavor combination in one big fruity bowl!

Hey, hey, hey!

Happy Hump Day, my friend! Guess what I have for you today? That’s right. Something boozy to carry you through the week.

You know how much I love sangria. (If you didn’t, check out all my sangria recipes here.)  On a few too many occasions, I may or may not have confessed that wine soaked fruits might be my favorite part of making sangria. So, when I got an opportunity to work with Arbor Mist, it seemed totally natural to make this drunk fruit salad loaded with honey sweetened merlot dressing.

Boozy, fruity and refreshing, this fruit salad is dressed with honey/merlot syrup! Unbelievable flavor combination in one big fruity bowl!

That’s right, sweetened with honey! I freaking love raw honey!! Honey adds not only sweetness, but also floral notes in the salad.

We’ll simmer 1 cup of Arbor Mist blackberry merlot with about 1/4 cup of raw honey over medium high heat until it’s reduced to 1/4 cup of syrup. The flavors concentrate into one delicious syrup. You will love it!

While the syrup is cooking, cut the fruits. I start with melons, then strawberries, kiwi, oranges. Pears and apples are cut at the very last to prevent browning. As soon as you cut apples and pears, generously squeeze lemon juice all over them.

Boozy fruit salad - step by step photo direction

Of course, you can add whatever fruits you have on hand, or whatever is in season. Blueberries would have been awesome here, but it is not quite in season and was too expensive.

Anyway, once the syrup is cooled, pour it over the fruits and add splash of merlot, just because! 🙂 Mix everything and serve.

Boozy, fruity and refreshing, this fruit salad is dressed with honey/merlot syrup! Unbelievable flavor combination in one big fruity bowl!

There you have it, one big batch of colorful, refreshing, and most importantly, super easy fruit salad. It’ll bring so much sunshine to your back-yard barbecue, summer parties and celebrations.

Boozy, fruity and refreshing, this fruit salad is dressed with honey/merlot syrup! Unbelievable flavor combination in one big fruity bowl!

Now tell me, what’s your favorite summer recipe?

Boozy Fruit Salad

Boozy, fruity and refreshing, this fruit salad is dressed with honey/merlot syrup! Unbelievable flavor combination in one big fruity bowl!

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup (360gr) Merlot, such as Arbor Mist Blackberry Merlot
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) raw honey
  • 1/2 mini watermelon (about 2 cups watermelon balls)
  • 1 small melon (about 2 cups melon balls)
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries (or blueberries)
  • 6 fresh strawberries (about 1 cup sliced strawberries)
  • 3 kiwis (about 1 cup sliced)
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 small pears
  • 1 apple
  • 1/4 lemon

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup wine and honey and bring it to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 25 minutes.
  3. Using a melon baller, ball the watermelon and melon.
  4. Slice all the fruits. (Cut the pears and apples the last to prevent browning and squeeze lemon juice over them).
  5. Place all the sliced fruits in a large bowl.
  6. Pour the merlot syrup and remaining 1/2 cup merlot over the fruits.
  7. Mix well and chill until ready to serve.

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34 comments

  1. I used lime zest and juice and threw in some thinly sliced mint and hit a home run, the Merlot and honey reduction was awesome,

    • Terry, I love your additions! I definitely adding mint next time. I’m glad you liked the Merlot and honey reduction. Thank you so much for your feedback!!

  2. This look so delicious.  I’ve pinned it to my recipe board for future reference.  Stopping by from the Pin Junkie.

  3. i love Arbor Mist! Thanks for posting. Hello from Project Inspired.

  4. This looks delish! i love fruit salad, but I think this will be my new favorite! Thanks!

  5. Shinee! You asked what my favorite summer recipe is…it’s THIS! 🙂 Really pretty, and fresh, and with that little added kick from the Arbor Mist Merlot. Thank you for sharing this with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinning to serve alllllll summer! 🙂

  6. What a beautiful salad! Thank you for joining us at Freedom Fridays! Pinned and scheduled a Facebook share! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  7. This looks and sounds amazing. Booze and fruit, what an awesome combo! Visiting from Creativity Unleashed link party. Happy Thursday.

  8. Hi Shinee, I do hope you’ll come over to Food on Friday: Salads to bring this to the party! Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

  9. Dare I say that I pretty much like booze in anything? This looks delicious and I will be trying it. For sure. Maybe this morning. Maybe having the components separately. Just sayin’. Yes, it’s been one of those days.

  10. This is definitely my kind of fruit salad! It looks so delicious and perfect for summer! #client

  11. I love melons and berries but I think you just made it better by adding some booze! Recipe sounds delicious will have to try it one of these summer days. Thanks! Found from Link Party Palooza.

  12. Ok, I’m not a huge fan of fruit salad but fruit salad with booze? Now THAT is the way to eat it!

  13. Love the use of the melon baller here, Shinee! Very nice fruit salad indeed 🙂

  14. I am all for boozy anything!  I would love it if you would link this up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black! 

  15. I’m loving this fruit salad! The merlot and honey is such a great combo!

  16. This salad is gorgeous! Perfect for all the get-togethers happening this season! Pinned! 

  17. This looks perfect, Shinee! I can’t think of a more perfect combination than booze and fruit for summer! 🙂 I can also imagine just how delicious the merlot/honey syrup is – sounds so divine! I will have to try this for my next summer gathering. Thank you for sharing! XO

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