Enhance any Braai with Fruity Boozy Skewers
What's summer without a braai and what's a braai without a dop or two, and you can make it even more appetizing and tasty with these fruit boozy skewers.
Summer is no fun if you can't get together with family and friends and relax with a braai, and what's a braai without a dop or two. These fruity boozy skewers are sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next braai, or you can make them for a special occasion or celebration. This boozy treat is just the thing for a picnic in the country or a trip down to the beach - without the kids of course!
The colours alone make this desert a stand out feature on the patio dining table, so imagine the gasps when you tell everyone that the fruit is more than just fruit!
To make these fruity skewers the fruit is soaked in tequila and vanilla, with some lychee syrup, all of which is drizzled over the fruit skewers and left to soak in. The beauty of this recipe is that you don't have to use tequila, you can just as easily add vodka or gin, or your favourite white spirit.
YOU WILL NEED:
Packet of pine skewers - the long ones
Tin of lychees
½ cup sugar
2 cups water
1 vanilla pod or dash of vanilla extract
¼ cup your choice of white spirit
2 cups strawberries, sliced
2 small cucumbers, sliced
2 cups cherries, remove stems and pits
1 papaya, chunks
1 dragon fruit, chunks
½ watermelon, chunks
2 grapefruits, segmented
1. Drain the syrup from the lychees into a jug and put the lychee fruit aside.
2. Place the syrup in a small saucepan and add the sugar, scrape in the vanilla and add water before bringing to a gentle simmer. Stir until the sugar dissolves and then remove from the heat and leave to cool.
3. Once cool, pour in the white spirit and taste for sweetness and booziness. You can add more white spirit to the mix if you prefer your fruit to be more boozy.
3. Choose a deep bowl in which the place all the fruit and cover with boozy syrup. Make sure all the fruit is covered and then leave to steep in the fridge for about an hour.
GOOD TO KNOW: If you want to keep the fruit colours vibrant, separate each fruit into their own bowls before pouring syrup over the top.
4. When you are ready to serve (about an hour later), place the fruit chunks onto the skewers. Any remaining syrup can be poured over the skewers when you serve.
5. Place the finished fruit skewers on a platter and drizzle with any remaining syrup. Serve and enjoy!
Thanks to Gabriel Cabrera for his visual feast and cocktail ideas. Check out his portfolio at @gabrielccoco.