new series. old fashioned new: fruit cocktail

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Jackie O’:  Her iconic style still lives.  Photo:  Google images
Loewe:  The Fall 2011 Collection channels the sixties and the impeccable style of Jackie O.
Fruit Cocktail:  Del Monte Canned Fruit Cocktail brings back such fond childhood memories.
Green Fruit Cocktail Martini:  A fruit classic gone grown and sexy.

Vintage with a modern twist often best describes many of the fashion collections, recipes, restaurant menus, and lest I not forget music served up to lifestyle connoisseurs each season.  Don’t cha love when classics are revived or remixed?  When done right–as Martha Stewart would say–”It’s a good thing.”  The Old Fashioned New series will be replete with decade inspired food, fashion and music.  Let’s reminisce, shall we?

fruit cocktail

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Size: 8

fruit cocktail

Inspiration from and alterations made to recipe from Martha Stewart Living | August 2011

The classic canned fruit cocktail has been remixed. It's refreshing, green and sexy! Add a little vodka or rum and you've got a real cocktail.


12 ounces green grapes

2 cups water

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup mint leaves coarsely chopped
2 lemon thyme or regular thyme sprigs, coarsely chopped
 plus extra sprigs for garnish
1 green apple
thinly sliced
1 green pear thinly sliced
3 kiwifruits, peeled and sliced

4 to 5 cups honeydew melon balls (from 2 melons)


Freeze grapes on a rimmed baking sheet for 1 hour.

Bring water and sugar to a simmer in a medium saucepan stir often until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, add mint leave and thyme. Let stand, covered 
until cooled completely. Strain syrup through a fine sieve; discard solids.

Divide grapes, apples, pear, kiwifruits and melon among martini glasses. Pour syrup 
over fruit just before serving. Garnish each glass with a sprig of thyme.

DESIGNER’S NOTES: Don’t have time to scoop out melon balls? You can certainly use pre-cut melon instead. The original recipe calls for a cup of thyme which was a bit much for my taste. I used considerably less (almost none) but also added mint.

ACCESSORY: In a shaker half filled with ice, add a couple of ounces of your favorite vodka or rum and cooled simple syrup. Shake well. Strain the cocktail over the fruit in each glass. Voilà! Now your fruit cocktail is no longer a virgin.

FOOD PAIRING:  Charcuterie and Cheese

TASTING NOTES:  Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, They Reminisce Over You



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