National Fruit Cocktail Day | Boozy Fruit Cocktail – The Foodie Patootie

National Fruit Cocktail Day | Boozy Fruit Cocktail

Fruit cocktail is one of those desserts that brings back memories of daycare. Yes, I went to daycare from kindergarden through the fifth grade and I LOVED it. I remember galloping around the playground like I was riding a horse. I remember being in the top of the wooden playground with its nooks and crannies and high roof and playing house with my friends. I remember wanting to have an imaginary friend, and for a while there even pretending like I did, because my best friend at the time had one and I wanted one too.

I also remember the food. It was really good, actually! It was made by Betty, the mother of my two closest friends, Lisa and Melissa. They lived in the neighborhood right behind the daycare and Betty made some of the greatest things. My favorites were spaghetti, beanie weenies, and mashed potatoes (sometimes I combined the beanie weenies with the mashed potatoes). Betty would make everything from scratch, or at least jazz up anything from a box or bag that the daycare made her purchase.

The one thing that I know came from a can was the fruit cocktail, but it was so sugary sweet that any five year old would love it. Pears, peaches, pineapple, grapes and those red things that I think are supposed to be cherries.

National Fruit Cocktail Day | Boozy Fruit Cocktail

I admit that I still love fruit cocktail, although I don’t normally buy it, opting instead for fruit that I’ll just cut up myself.

For National Fruit Cocktail Day, however, I wanted to take myself back to the days of daycare. I also wanted to make this food holiday very, very simple. Fruit cocktail is simple so why complicate it with a lot of fanfare? But, I’m an adult and able to consume alcohol and what kind of fun-loving individual would I be if I didn’t combine the two.

Yasss, yassss. It’s boozy fruit cocktail, a childhood favorite for adults. Enjoy!

National Fruit Cocktail Day | Boozy Fruit Cocktail

Boozy Fruit Cocktail


  • 15 ounce can fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 1/2 tbsp passionfruit vodka


  1. Toss fruit cocktail and vodka together in a bowl. Place in refrigerator and allow to chill, stirring every so often.
  2. You can also cover and freeze until partially frozen.

2 Responses to “National Fruit Cocktail Day | Boozy Fruit Cocktail”

  1. Leslie — May 14, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Absolutely love the anecdote from your childhood 🙂 So cute. And dude, I loved beanie weenies too!!! But I don’t think i ever mixed mine with mashed potatoes…though that doesn’t sound like a terrible idea, esp. if you’re a kid!
    I want this boozy fruit cocktail now. I hated those little wrapped containers of syrupy fruit when I was a kid…but this, now this I can get on board with. And since I brought Florida’s weather with me to California (it’s a record-breaking 88 degrees right now in SM) I could REALLY use something to cool me down with 🙂

    • Jennifer — June 30th, 2014 @ 12:54 pm

      Oh man, your comment brought me back to this post again. When you have so many, you forget what you’ve said in ones from just a week or two ago, haha! Beanie weenies are the BEST! I am so craving them again right now. Oh, and the boozy fruit cocktail because, why not? Now that we are a month and a half out from when you wrote this comment (oops), how hot is it in SM now?? We are breaking 100 here AND our A/C unit busted Saturday night when I was in the middle of using the oven all day long for cooking. Talk about miserable. I would give anything to be in SM right now. I mean, provided you aren’t experiencing the same!

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