Salpicón is a fresh homemade Colombian fruit beverage. It’s served cold and loaded with chopped fruit such as watermelon, papaya, strawberries, pineapple, oranges, apples, bananas and carbonated soda. Serve it with a spoon to eat the fruit then drink the juice when the fruit is all gone. Thirst quenching on a hot summer day and perfect as an afternoon snack or dessert.
It’s been years since I walk the busy cobblestone streets of Colombia filled with street vendors in the center of town. A tropical country with a warm climate and an abundance of fresh fruit year round. How I loved to sample all the wonderful assortment of tropical fruits, delicious street food and beverages unique to that country. Salpicón was one of those treats I never forgot. I actually searched for the recipe I while back but couldn’t find one, then just last week I found out my aunt makes this all the time! So thanks to my aunt, you too can try this delicious fresh homemade fruit punch too.
This makes a large amount and would fill a large punch bowl; great for back yard parties. Although it’s usually made with champagne kola, I made this with Sprite Zero instead and thought it tasted just as good. You could really use any sparkling soda you desire, we even played around with a fresh watermelon juice/seltzer combo to give you healthier options.
As for the fruit, watermelon and fresh pineapple is a must as it gives you lots of juice; you could substitute whatever fruit is in season near you. Mango and peaches would be great too and you could certainly make half the amount.
- 1 1/2 cups diced apples, I used green and macintosh
- 1 1/2 cups diced strawberries
- 1 1/2 cups diced watermelon
- 1 1/2 cups diced banana
- 1 1/2 cups diced papaya
- 1 1/2 cups diced orange
- 1 1/2 cups diced fresh pineapple
- 1 1/2 cups grapes, red and green
- 1 1/2 cups diced kiwi
- 6 1/2 cups Sprite Zero or diet champagne kola
- Dice all fruit to equal size 1/2 inch pieces. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- When ready to serve combine with sparkling soda and place in a large pitcher or punch bowl.
- Ladle into cups and serve with a spoon.
46 comments on “Colombian Salpicón”
I was thinking how was the name…. thinking …thinking… and then there was light in my brains.SALPICON!!!! After leaving Colombia 52 years ago I taste the flavours
going to my childhood.Thank you for your site I just remember every thing.I will make the bol wiht FERNANDEZ cherry , a surinam drink like the old Cola I knew.
Have happy holidays FELIZ NAVIDAD Y PROSPERO ANO NUEVO ,
Wow, this brought back some great memories, will have to make this myself along with the Colombian sangria recipe I just found. Gosh, how I miss all the great Colombian food!
This was SOO good! I used Pineapple, Watermelon, green apples, Strawberries and bananas and Seltzer Water because I don't drink soda and added a little Vanilla agave. Perfect for hot summers!
I used Fresca and this literally saved me during Mardi Gras!
I once had this in an Argentine Restaurant except it was with freshly squeezed orange juice. Gosh, it was amazing. My fave drink ever.
so wait, you said you played around with watermelon and seltzer. should I just substitute seltzer for the sprite zero or does it need to be half seltzer half watermelon juice kind of deal ???
Sure, use half and half. It's still good, but not the same.
This drink is been one of my favorite growing up and still is. Its very famous in colombia. My mom always made it for me. they sell it every where n in the streets vendors would sell in lil cars. Got I miss my country COLOMBIA!!!
I have not tried this but I want to clarify, I always thought Salpicon was a beef dish. My mom made it when I was growing up. It is shredded beef marinated in Italian dressing overnight then baked with green chili, garbanzo beans and cheese.
Never knew it was a drink!
I guess it is in other countries, in Colombia it's a beverage.
Super scrumptious! I will definitely try this and the vividly fruit-full Frozen Fruit Pops…maybe add some blueberries too! Thanks and Happy Weekend!
I hope you make it, it's so refreshing and delicious!
Wow that's a gorgeous drink….think we may have to enjoy some over the 4th. Thanks!
I suppose you could freeze the fruit, then add the soda in smaller portions.
WOW this looks great! Is there any way to freeze it? I am probably the only one in my household that will eat it, and even cutting the recipe in half I am afraid I may have to freeze some (if it last long enough, I have a feeling I will eat it up quick!). Thanks!!