If you are looking for a new side to try this holiday season, look no further, this unique dish is easy to make and absolutely divine!

Why freeze fruit?

This recipe began as an alternative way to preserve and use produce. My mother got it from her cousin Marie. Marie taught my mom to can and developed in her a love of food preservation. Now my mom has turned an entire bedroom in her house into a food storage pantry lined with shelves that are bursting with home-canned goods of all sorts.

Just as wise investors diversify their portfolios, wise preppers diversify their food storage so that if a natural disaster (like an earthquake) wipes out a good portion of their food (like breakable glass mason jars) they still have plenty left (like frozen food!) so this frozen fruit cocktail is one option for freezing fruit instead of canning it β€” and a tasty way to serve it when you’re ready to pull it out of the freezer.

The original recipe from my mom’s cousin Marie!

More flavor combinations

The options on this dish really are endless. Looking for something more tropical? Use pineapples and mangos for the fruit and lime juice instead of lemon. Want cozy fall flavors to go with your Thanksgiving meal? Try pears, apples, and grapes with cranberry juice and sparkling cider. Growing up, we always used just peaches because that is what we had on hand, and even kept simple, it was scrumptious.

You can also serve it in different ways. I love how versatile fruit is, it effortlessly switches from a side dish to a dessert. You can put a scoop of frozen fruit cocktail on some ice cream or sherbet or serve it alongside a warm snickerdoodle.

This versatile fruit cocktail is a perfect addition to your repertoire. It is an exciting dish for Christmas and Easter, but simple enough to have with your Sunday dinner.

Fizzy Frozen Fruit Cocktail

A simple and versatile dish that makes a perfect holiday side or light dessert. This recipe is for one batch, but I usually like to make 4 or more batches at a time and fill my freezer for future occasions.
Servings 4


  • 1 pound Fruit - fresh or frozen, chopped or sliced, one kind or many, it’s up to you!
  • 2 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup Soda - Sprite, Fresca, or ginger ale are my favorites, but you can try all kinds


  • Mix all ingredients except the soda.
  • Freeze in a bag or container overnight or until needed.
  • Thaw at room temp about 2 hours before serving. You want it to still be slushy, but not frozen solid.
  • Pour soda over fruit just before serving.