5 Fresh Ways to Spike Your Fruit

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Improve on the already-delicious flavor of fresh summer fruit with these five boozy recipes.

Your grandma’s retro melon-ball salad this ain’t. Think of our Boozy Minted Melon Balls (pictured above) more like an unblended melon mojito. Break out that melon baller and use it to scoop out dainty globes of watermelon and cantaloupe. Then douse them with a mixture of white rum, lime juice and honey, toss with fresh mint leaves, and give the flavors a few hours to marry. Serve the fruit in clear glasses or goblets to show off all the pretty colors.

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It takes only four ingredients and five minutes of prep to make these Spiked Watermelon Pops. Simply blend up fresh watermelon, sugar, mint leaves and watermelon vodka, and pour the mixture straight into ice pop molds. The only difficult part of making this recipe is waiting for the delicious, boozy pops to freeze so you can start enjoying them!



Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Sure, you’ve had your fair share of delicious, creamy shakes. But we bet you’ve never tried anything quite like this Spiked French Vanilla Malted Milkshake. The boozy beverage delivers more flavor than you ever thought you could slurp up in a straw, thanks to malted milk powder, raspberry-flavored liqueur and a hot-pink homemade coulis with fresh raspberries.



Food Network Kitchen’s Margarita Pie for Year of Oats/Drunk Pies/Diners, as seen on Food Network.

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Our tangy Margarita Pie is a delicious riff on everyone’s favorite warm-weather cocktail. Just spike the creamy filling with tequila and triple sec, add fresh lime juice … and make sure you don’t forget the salted lime-slice garnish.



Quick! Before all those sweet, juicy peaches are gone from the farmers' markets, make our 5-star Boozy Peaches and Cream. The two keys to this simple dessert are giving the sliced peaches a little time to macerate in brown sugar and vanilla, and lacing your whipped cream with a healthy swig of bourbon.

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