Fruit Soaked In Alcohol Recipes: Drunken Fruit Fun

Today, we’re going to be looking at a selection of fruit soaked in alcohol recipes. Whether you’re looking for a drunken fruit salad to keep you refreshed this summer, or a Christmas cake with rum soaked fruit to get into the festive spirit early this year – we’ve got you covered.

Fruit is fresh and delicious, but soaking it in alcohol makes it even more tasty…for the adults, of course. Fruit soaked in alcohol has become increasingly popular in recent years and you can soak fruit in just about any alcohol nowadays! However we’re going to be looking at mainly rum and vodka in this post, as I’ve found that they tend to work best.

What Is Alcohol Soaked Fruit?

Alcohol soaked fruit is exactly how it sounds! It’s fresh fruit, that has been soaked in an alcoholic beverage of your choice. It’s usually soaked for several hours to ensure maximum flavor, and it definitely does change the taste of the original fruit. The best part about alcohol soaked fruit is that it lasts significantly longer than fresh fruit; especially if kept in the fridge.

What Is Alcohol Soaked Fruit

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Ingredients In Alcohol Soaked Fruit

You may be wondering what the ingredients are in alcohol soaked fruit. Of course, the two main ingredients are:

  • fruit of your choice
  • alcohol of your choice

However, most recipes call for other ingredients too to help bring more flavor. Some other popular ingredients include:

  • fruit juices
  • sugar
  • fresh herbs (such as basil leaves)
  • lemons
  • limes

Fruit Soaked In Alcohol Recipes

Now let’s get down to the reason you’re here, how to make fruit soaked alcohol yourselves at home. While most recipes are super easy, some are more complex and take slightly longer. We’ll be looking at three recipes: drunken cherries, drunken fruit salad, and Christmas cake with the fruit soaked in alcohol.

Drunken Cherries Recipe

Drunken cherries are one of my favorites. Not only do you have the most incredible buzzed cherries at the end of this recipe, but cherry-infused vodka too. It’s totally a win/win situation! The only downside to this recipe is that you need to leave it for around two weeks…but it’s definitely worth the wait! This recipe is inspired by one from Garlic and Zest.

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  • cherries
  • sugar
  • vodka

Step By Step

Step 1: Prepare the Cherries

Rinse your cherries under water. Once clean, cut the stems of the cherries to around half an inch long and fill a mason jar up with the cherries. Ensure you squeeze in as many as you can, all the way to the top.

Step 2: Finish the Jars – Fruit Soaked In Alcohol Recipes

Add some sugar (you can use a funnel to make this part easier, if you’d prefer). Fill the sugar to around 1/3 of the jar size. Top with vodka until you reach the top of the jar. Place the lid on and shake the jar vigorously. You’ll need to continue doing this until the sugar has completely dissolved. Leave in a dark place for at least two weeks (can be longer). Remember to shake the jar throughout the process. Enjoy!

Drunken Fruit Salad Recipe

Fruit salad is one of the most refreshing dishes in summer, but this drunken fruit salad recipe from Yum Vegan Lunch Ideas makes it even better!


The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:

  • 4 1/2 cups of chopped fruit of your choice
  • 1/2 cup of rum
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 10 chopped basil leaves

Step By Step – Fruit Soaked In Alcohol Recipes

Now all you need to do is: Chop your fruit into small pieces. Add the chopped fruit, rum, orange juice, lime juice, and basil into a bowl and give it a good mix. Cover and leave for around 3 hours in the fridge. Remove from the fridge and enjoy!

Christmas Cake With Fruit Soaked In Alcohol Recipe

The last recipe we’re going to be looking at is a Christmas cake recipe, with rum-soaked fruit. This recipe is inspired by Bawarchi.


The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • 100g all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon spice powder
  • rum
  • 200g of raisins, cherries and candied peel
  • 100g butter
  • milk
  • 1 teaspoon caramel syrup
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon caramel color
  • 1 teaspoon glycerine
  • 2 eggs

Step By Step

Step 1: Make The Batter

Before you start the recipe, add your fruit and alcohol into a bowl and keep them in the fridge for around 4 days. Sieve the flour into a bowl, and add the baking powder and spice powder. Now remove the fruit and add to your flour bowl. Add the butter, and slowly add the sugar, mixing as you go. Next, add the syrup, glycerine, and caramel color. Mix well. Finally, add the eggs and mix one last time. You may need to add milk at this point to reach the correct consistency.

Step 2: Bake

Now add the batter to a greased and lined baking tin. Place in the center of a preheated oven (around 160C) for one hour and ten minutes. Remove from the oven and enjoy!

Christmas Cake With Fruit Soaked in Alcohol Recipe

Conclusion – Fruit Soaked In Alcohol Recipes

I hope this post has given you some new fruit soaked in alcohol recipes. Whatever fruit you’re using, and whichever alcohol you’ve chosen – these boozy recipes are delicious!

Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to infusing fruit? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!


What Do You Do With Fruit After Infused Alcohol?

Once you've infused the fruit in alcohol, you can do whatever you'd like with it! You can serve them in cocktails, as a boozy fruit salad, or even add them to your baking.

How Do You Put Alcohol in Fruit?

It's really simple! Just pour the alcohol into a sealable container along with the fruit - that's all! 

How Long Does Macerated Fruit Last?

Macerated fruit usually around 3-5 days in the refrigerator. 

How Do You Store Soaked Fruit?

The best place to store soaked fruit is either a cool, dark place or in a refrigerator.