Halloween Cocktails: The Kiwano Margarita

Need a great cocktail for Halloween or want to serve something different at your next cocktail party? Then add the Kiwano Margarita to the drink menu!

You live a sheltered life if you exclusively buy your fruits and vegetables from chain store supermarkets.And even if you don’t, you can easily get bored with the usual apples, oranges and bananas that you habitually purchase every week. But there’s a world of unusual treats out there for you to choose from and experiment with in the kitchen. And Frieda’s Produce was kind enough to share with me some of their Spooky Fruits that stand out compared to their round and smooth counterparts found here in the US.

The fruit I want to share with you today, is the Kiwano. That strange looking spiky orange melon thingie. I didn’t know what to expect to find inside when I cut it open for the first time.


It has membranes like an orange, with bright green pulp inside. But there are seeds, like a cucumber, inside each green sacks of juice. The flavor is mildly sweet, and yet mildly sour like a kiwi.

Kiwano should not be refrigerated and can be eaten right out of the spiky shell or scooped out and juiced. I thought the green juice would make a great halloween cocktail, so I made a Kiwano Margarita. I like salt with my margaritas, so that’s charcoal salt on the rim.

The Kiwano Margarita

Because it is October and because of its gorgeous color, I spooked up the name a little.


Learn more about the Kiwano with this fun video put together by my friends at Frieda’s Produce.

Kiwano Margarita

The strange kiwano fruit is like a cross between an orange, a kiwi and a cucumber. And yet it makes a unique margarita! Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 1 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 lime, juiced


  1. Cut in half and squeeze out all of the pulp-seeds into a blender.
  2. Add with the kiwano seeds:
    • 1 oz tequila
    • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
    • 1/2 lime , juiced
  3. The kiwano seeds are edible, but you can pass the drink through a fine mesh strainer if you prefer. Using the back of a spoon, press the green liquid, through the strainer into your serving glass.
  4. Serve with or without ice.


Serving Suggestions: Salt the rim of your glass with charcoal salt for a spooky effect.

Cooking Tips: You can also omit the alcohol for a kid-friendly drink.

Prep Time:

Yield: Serves 1

And check out my wacky Halloween Pinterest Board here!

What kind of creepy treats do you enjoy for Halloween?

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11 Responses to Halloween Cocktails: The Kiwano Margarita

  1. Kiwano is new to me. Toxic sludge is perfect for Halloween.

  2. Wow!

  3. This is the PERFECT drink for Halloween!!

  4. How fascinating and how spooky are those fruits! I have never heard of the kiwano.

  5. Wow – what a cool fruit! I’ve never seen one before, but I may have to hunt one down and make these for our Halloween block party. Nicely done!

  6. I want THAT cocktail!

  7. Ohh, I’m so jealous I didn’t do this post. Very clever. GREG

    • Coming from the cocktail guru himself?! I’m honored! Thanks, Greg!

  8. LOVE this! I have never seen a Kiwano before, but I am going to be on the lookout for sure! Hope you get your water turned on back soon!!!!!

  9. I grew up feasting on rambutans. The rest are so unfamiliar — perfect for Halloween. Cheers 😀

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