Boozy Ginger-Lemon Fruit Salad

by Erin

Apples, pears, and strawberries come together in this boozy fruit salad. With the help of ginger and lemon it’s the perfect addition to your summer cookouts. 

Boozy Ginger-Lemon Fruit Salad 1

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Summer is finally upon us which means it’s time to bask in the glory that is all the summer fruit! Granted the recipe I am sharing today is not entirely summer fruit based but it does contain strawberries and that’s one of my favorites. I need to hunt down a good U-pick farm (and find the time to actually go) so that I can go strawberry picking, which typically results in eating as much as I pick. In the meantime I will have to settle for what I can get at the store, getting strange looks from other customers as I literally sniff out the best containers. Seriously, don’t buy them based on their color, pick it up and sniff it!

Boozy Ginger-Lemon Fruit Salad 2

But enough about my unusual grocery shopping tactics. This fruit salad is a bit different from those you may have made in the past because it incorporates to unsuspecting guests: vodka and ginger. After extracting the juice from a lemon using my handy Casabella juicer and reamer, I added it to a vodka-simple syrup mixture along with some ginger. This ginger-lemon simple syrup is then poured over the fruit and allowed to chill in the fridge before serving. I served mine with a dollop of marshmallow creme but whipped cream or nothing at all is also perfect.

Boozy Ginger-Lemon Fruit Salad 3

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Serves 8



1/4 cup water

1/4 cup vodka (or more water for non-alcoholic)

1 cup sugar

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)

1 Tbsp Gourmet Garden ginger paste


16 oz. (1 lb.) strawberries, hulled and chopped

2 green or yellow apples, cored and chopped

2 pears, cored and chopped

Whipped cream or marshmallow cream for serving (optional)


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the water, vodka, and sugar. Bring to a boil while stirring, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the syrup from the heat, add lemon juice and ginger, and let cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the strawberries, apple and pear. Pour half of cooled syrup over the fruit and stir well. Add more to taste. Chill in refrigerator.
  3. To serve, spoon into bowls then place a dollop of cream on top, if desired.

Source: Inspired by How Sweet It Is with the help of my friend Haley.

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Terra June 7, 2015 - 10:44 am

Did somebody say, boozy? I’m so in!!! I just pinned this delicious recipe, and I need to for sure try it out this Summer! I love the ginger lemon simple syrup, YUM! Hugs, Terra

Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook June 6, 2015 - 6:37 pm

Thanks for sharing a non-alcoholic way to make the syrup, too! I imagine this is amazing and as soon as this baby’s out I’ll try your boozy version. I love the fruits you chose for this.

Ashley L. June 2, 2015 - 10:03 am

How refreshing! I bet the boozy ginger syrup was amazing

Rebekah @ Making Miracles June 2, 2015 - 8:43 am

This is brilliant and I need to make this very, very soon. I love, love, love fruit salad – and that ginger-lemon syrup sounds SO GOOD!!

Camilla @ Culinary Adventures June 2, 2015 - 8:40 am

You had me at ‘boozy’! Then you added ginger and lemon and fruit. I LOVE this salad. I think this is going on the menu for this weekend. Thanks for sharing with #HotSummerEats.

Debra June 2, 2015 - 7:56 am

Excellent adult-type salad! Really inventive and a perfect summer dessert on the patio.

Amy | Amy's Cooking Adventures June 1, 2015 - 11:27 pm

You had me at boozy! This sounds perfect for a hot summer night!

Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor June 1, 2015 - 8:56 pm

Did you say boozy? I am already hooked. I love fruit salad and a little bit of vodka syrup is the perfect addition!

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef June 1, 2015 - 7:08 pm

Who thought a fruit salad could have that much personality! I really like this.

sarah k @ the pajama chef June 1, 2015 - 5:16 pm

what a delicious fruit salad :) i make a honey-lime fruit salad every summer, now i’ll have to try this one :)

Medha @ Whisk & Shout June 1, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Is there anything better than fruit salad? Fruit salad with awesome lemony and ginger accents! Looks great!

Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm June 1, 2015 - 12:33 pm

YUM!!! Great summer salad!

Sam @ Sugar Spun Run June 1, 2015 - 12:21 pm

LOVE the use of vodka! This sounds so nice and refreshing, absolutely perfect for summer! :)

danielle June 1, 2015 - 12:19 pm

I am all over this simple syrup – it sounds amazing!

Cali @ Cali's Cuisine June 1, 2015 - 8:46 am

You had me at vodka. How interesting! Will have to give this a try…


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