Prep ahead for your next picnic or camping trip by making this Mason Jar Boozy Tropical Fruit Salad before you go. A Mason Jar dessert of fresh fruit marinated in Limoncello will be ready to enjoy by the time you've set up camp!
Mason Jar Boozy Tropical Fruit Salad is so easy it hardly needs a recipe, but it's so good I have to tell you about it!
❤️ Why this recipe works
Fresh naturally sweet fruit tossed and marinated in a sweet Italian liqueur makes a spectacular dessert for any time of the year. It's particularly fun to take on a camping trip, for picnics, deck parties or potlucks.
Our version of camping no longer involves wet tents, tarps, or Coleman stoves that won't light in the wind. We go boat-camping in the Gulf Islands of the Pacific Northwest, swim and picnic on secluded beaches, hike trails through cool forests and find a quiet cove to anchor for the night.
Eating great food is an important part of the camping experience for us. Being able to harvest crabs and prawns or occasionally catch a salmon for dinner is something for which we are grateful.
I was inspired to make this Mason Jar dessert after reading Chocolate and Marrow's Mason Jar Campfire Pancakes recipe on Brooke's beautiful blog. I love dreaming up new camping menu ideas and I adore anything in a Mason jar. When I read how she prepares her made-from-scratch pancakes before she goes camping, I knew I wanted to be just as organized and do the same.
But I opted for a camping dessert instead of breakfast. After setting up camp, everyone needs a reward, don't you think?
And it will be even better if you let it sit until you've got your campsite set up! Make it at home the day before and let all that fresh fruit soak up the sweet and tart Limoncello.
Choose in-season fruit, such as
Limoncello lemon liqueur
Cut fruit into bite-sized pieces. Try to vary the colours and textures. Choose firm fruit, instead of tender berries like raspberries that may end up being squished.
Place the fruit into 8 ounce jars, add 1 ounce Limoncello, seal with a lid and refrigerate.
I've also made this camping dessert with only fresh blueberries and Limoncello. Delicious!
Create new camping memories!
I have fond memories of our camping trips when I was a kid. I have visions of my dad cooking bacon in a cast iron pan over a fire in Banff and the smell of slightly burnt toast cooked over the fire slathered with Mom's homemade strawberry jam.
Just because you're camping does not mean resorting to hot dogs, hamburgers, s'mores and sugary cereals. Up your game this year, and try "glamping."
There's a world of healthy camping culinary possibilities that won't take a lot of precious time away from your outdoor fun, but will make special memories.
Fresh fruit . . . with an Italian liqueur: I think this will be one of them.
If you love desserts in jars, check out this collection for more delicious ideas! 12 Gluten-Free Mini Desserts in Jars.
📖 Recipe Card
Mason Jar Boozy Tropical Fruit Salad
- 2 cups fresh fruit cut into bite-sized pieces. Use pineapple, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapes, oranges, or whatever is in season. Avoid using tender berries that might get crushed.
- 2 oz Limoncello liqueur
- fresh mint leaves
- Fill 8 oz. Mason jars with fruit.
- Drizzle 1 oz of Limoncello over fruit in each jar.
- Put lids on jars and store in refrigerator.