You know those moments when you’re planning a party. But, you’re not really upto making something elaborate? That’s what’s going on with me right now. So, I was thinking of something that would look great and add a handmade touch to the get together. While being quick and easy to execute. So, one of the things I was thinking of was – Fruit Kabobs. They can double as stirrers for drinks and skewers of snacks. And, fruit adds an element of freshness to the menu. Let’s see how we can make them.
Time taken: 20-30 minutes max
- 1 small scoop
- Medium length skewers
- 1 watermelon
- 1 papaya
- 1 melon
Start by selecting the right fruits for the skewers! You want to choose fruits that are solid and don’t become mush in minutes. That’s why watermelons, melons and papayas work well. They can be scooped out easily and retain their shape for some time. To make it visually appealing choose different, bright colours that stand out against the drink. In case you’re not particular about an exact round shape, some other options are – grapes, cherries, strawberries and blueberries. Once you’ve made your selection, cut all the fruits in half or in quarters.
Next, take the small scoop and push it into a deep part of the fruit sideways. Then turn the scoop 180 degrees to make a semi circle in the fruit and then scoop it out. If some of the edges are off, then you can use a knife to even it out (be careful!). Refrigerate the fruit in bowls, if you’re not serving it immediately. For these fruit kabob stirrers, we’re taking 3 scoops per skewer. One of each fruit. However, you can mix the fruits up, reduce the amount of fruit or add more depending on the size of your glasses.
After the fruit is ready, take the pointed edge of skewer and push it through the middle of the semi circles. If you want the fruit to slide down into the drink, use the softest fruit at the bottom. Or, if you want the fruit to hold it’s position, then slide the hardest fruit first and add the softer ones above it. Make sure all the fruits are slide facing upwards.
It does take a few tries to get the scoops just right. But, you don’t have to waste all of the lopsided ones. Instead push them onto the skewers at odd angles (makes it look like you did it on purpose!) or by leaving spaces between each layer.
Tips and suggestions:
- Measure the size of the skewer against the size of your glasses.
- Choose the fruits based on the color and flavour of the drinks you’re serving. For example, if you’re serving fresh juices, then this is a great idea. On the other hand, if you’re serving Coco Cola, then maybe you should think of something different (lemon slices maybe?)
This is ridiculously simple and that’s really important. Keep in mind that you’re probably going to be making a dozen or more of these for all your guests. That’s why you want to keep the process as basic as possible. Though, I wouldn’t mind dipping the fruit in some brandy or edible glitter. Do you think that would work?
Let me know what you think of this fruit kabob skewer / stirrer in the comments below! Also, if you have any quick ideas that you make for parties, then share them with us. We would love to learn more!