Salpicón (Colombian Fruit Cocktail)

Cuisine: Colombian
Servings: 6-8 servings
The best part about this salpicón, or fruit cocktail, is that once you eat the fruit, you're left with a mixture of soda, condensed milk and ice cream, which is so good it'll make you go for seconds.

I'm sure I don't have to tell you about the enormous amount of tropical fruits that can be found in Colombia. From well known fruits like pineapple, mango and watermelon, to lesser known fruits like mamoncillo (Spanish lime) and my favorite, granadilla. It is for this reason that in most Colombian cities you find all kinds of great treats like raspado, cholado, and in this case, salpicón, which is a fruit cocktail with a ton of Colombian flavor.

When I was a kid the drink that was mainly used to make this salpicón was a very popular soda called Colombiana; it's supposed to have a slight champagne flavor but in my opinion it doesn't taste anything like it. What I do know is that it tastes really good and it's almost impossible for me to find it in the city I currently live in, and many times I have to order it online. Today, a good salpicón can be made with any kind of drink, but without a doubt my all-time favorite is making it with any strawberry-flavored soda (mainly because it reminds me of the Colombian soda Premio, which I have always loved). You can also make it with an orange-flavored soda or make it even more healthy by using natural juice like strawberry or watermelon.

This amazing salpicón can be made with any kind of fruit and it has a lot of Colombian flavor.

¡Buen Provecho!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups watermelon cut in chunks
  • 2 cups pineapple cut in chunks
  • 1 cup grapes cut in half
  • 1 mango cut in chunks
  • 2 bananas cut in chunks
  • 1 5-oz can sweetened condensed milk (optional)
  • 1 liter Colombiana soda strawberry or orange flavored (or strawberry or watermelon juice)
  • vanilla ice cream (optional)
  • 6-8 wafers rolled or regular (optional)

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Directions

  1. Mix all fruit in a large bowl. **Note: the bananas should be added right before serving because they tend to brown over time.
  2. Cover the inside of your serving glass with the condensed milk.
  3. Fill up the glass with the fruit just over halfway full.
  4. Add the soda or juice, leaving room for the ice cream.
  5. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and serve with a wafer for decoration.
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