Mexico On My Plate: Spicy Fresh Fruit Cocktail

With warmer weather arriving in the northern hemisphere, Nancy Lopez-McHugh decides to freshen up with a spicy fruit cocktail.
Text And Photo By Nancy Lopez-McHugh

Mexican Fruit Cocktail

Spicy Fruit Cocktail

Hurray, for warmer weather is upon us! Warmer weather makes me crave healthier, lighter foods. After all the heavy and fatty wintery foods both my waistline and palette are ready for a change. My warm weather cravings are topped by salads and fresh seasonal fruits. Fresh fruits and vegetables are not only light and healthy but also a good way of staying hydrated. The water content of fruits and vegetables is high so that means your body is hydrating with every serving. Plus the fiber content means that they will keep you feeling full and help in maintaining a healthier waistline.

One of my favorite warm weather treats is a coctel de frutas, or fruit cocktail. But it’s not just an ordinary mix of fresh fruits, it’s a mix of  exotic Mexican fresh fruits and vegetables. Wait it gets better, it also has a little kick to it! Yes, you heard right, it’s spicy. A coctel consist of a mix of fresh fruits, drizzled with fresh squeezed lime juice, then sprinkled with ground chile powder and salt. The combination of the natural sweetness from the fruits mixed with the slightly tartness of the lime and spiciness, is just heavenly! I know many of you may be thinking, “What, chile with fruits?” All I can say is don’t judge before you try it. You simple just have to taste it for yourself and you will be hooked. Trust me.

Coctel de frutas hold a special place in my heart. They bring back memories of my childhood summers in Mexico. We would walk into the town center and look for the vendors selling the cocteles de fruta. My mouth salivating just waiting to take the first crunchy bite of the jicama sprinkled with the chile. The burst of sweet, tart and then in the back of my mouth the spiciness. Then once all the fruit was gone gulping down the fruit juice at the bottom of the cup, Pure heaven I tell you!

What is so great about this treat is that it can be eaten as a snack, lunch or even dessert. In addition it can really be made with any fruit combinations you like. Some of the fruits commonly used are jicama, cucumbers, pineapple, watermelon, oranges, mango, melon, and the list goes on. Have fun and be creative try different mixes or just pick one fruit drizzled with fresh squeezed lime juice, then sprinkled with ground chile powder and salt. Enjoy or Buen Provecho!

Mexico On My Plate : Spicy Fresh Fruit Cocktail
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A refreshing and spicy Mexican treat. Perfect for those warm summer days.
Recipe Type: Snack, Dessert
  • fresh fruit such as jicama, cucumbers, pineapple, watermelon, oranges, mango and/or melon
  • ground chile powder
  • salt
  • fresh squeezed lime juice
  1. Peel and cut the fruits into large pieces or chunks. Arrange in a large, tall glass or in a bowl. Pour the fresh squeezed lime juice over the fruits. Sprinkle the ground chile and salt over the fruit. Serve straight away.
The amounts are up to the individual tastes. As as much or as little as you like.

Spicy Fruit Cocktail

Spicy Fruit Cocktail

Nancy Lopez-McHugh

Nancy Lopez-McHugh

Nancy Lopez-McHugh is a food blogger, photographer and published author. Most recently she has published "Yummy Pics: A Food Blogger's Guide To Better Photos".

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Originally Published: May 31, 2011

17 Responses to Mexico On My Plate: Spicy Fresh Fruit Cocktail

  1. Joan Nova

    Joan Nova Reply

    May 31, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Looks wonderful. I love the unusual presentation with them standing up in spears. I always squeeze lime juice on melons – it just brings out the sweetness.

    • Nancy Lopez-McHugh

      Nancy/SpicieFoodie Reply

      June 3, 2011 at 8:59 am

      Hi Joan, Thank you, yes the presentation is one of the typical ways of serving the cocktail. Yummy lime over melons is fantastic.

  2. Tamara Novakoviç

    Tamara Novakoviç Reply

    June 1, 2011 at 6:47 am

    looks wonderful and so season-appropriate, this is great

  3. Sarah Kenney

    Sarah Kenney Reply

    June 1, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Love this info. I saw people eating this at our Mexican market in Houston. I wanted to know more about the spices I saw sprinkled on top of the watermelon. Thank you!

    • Nancy Lopez-McHugh

      Nancy Lopez-McHugh Reply

      June 3, 2011 at 9:04 am

      Thanks Sarah, So simple yet so satisfying and delicious. Glad I could provide you with the answer.

  4. Sandra Reply

    June 2, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Jicama is so underrated and who would’ve ever dreamed to add chile powder to a fruit salad. Very well done Nancy.

  5. Alisha Randell

    Alisha Randell Reply

    June 2, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I adore spiced up fruit! One of my favorite things for breakfast in fact :)

    • Nancy Lopez-McHugh

      Nancy Lopez-McHugh Reply

      June 3, 2011 at 9:06 am

      Hi Alisha, I love fresh cinnamon, vanilla or cardamom for breakfast fruits. But I’ve never had spicy fruit fro breakfast but why not? I’ll have to try it soon.

  6. Jerri Green

    Jerri Reply

    June 3, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Looks delicious! Adding it to my must try list.

  7. kathy Reply

    June 3, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Love it! so glad you submitted it to FindingVegan.com! keep them coming! :)

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  9. Sissy Reply

    April 21, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Tried the Mexican spicy fruit at a friend s’ house today and it was Delicious

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