Grown up snacking doesn’t have to be all handfuls of unsalted almonds and kale chips. In fact, after you hit age 21, snacktime has the potential to get a whole lot more fun. Everything from Jell-O and popsicles, to oreos and guacamole benefit from the addition of a little booze—and now your fruit roll-ups (or fruit leathers, if you prefer) can follow suit. You don’t need to be Susie Homemaker to turn out a tray of these portable, happy hour-ready snacks—all you need is a dehydrator, parchment paper, fresh fruit and your favorite bottle of booze. Here, three ways to turn cocktails into pocket-sized rolls of chewy, fruity goodness.
We Fixed Snacktime With Boozy Fruit Roll-Ups
Applesauce, with its hint of sweetness and smooth texture, has long been used as a base for super-easy fruit rolls, but when used solo, it can end up bland. To punch up its color and flavor, we looked to the sweet-tart Jack Rose for inspiration. Like the classic cocktail, these boozed up fruit rolls are flavored with applejack (apple brandy), pomegranate molasses (in place of grenadine) and lime juice. The result is a sticky, sweet and downright delicious edible cocktail.
If you’d told us as kids that we’d be eating fruit roll-ups made with artichoke, we probably would have laughed in your face. But we’ve changed our tune—big time. Turns out the funky vegetable (which is technically a flower) makes for a deliciously bittersweet amaro (Cynar), which pairs beautifully with raspberries—especially when balanced out with a little sugar, lemon juice and applesauce. The dark and tangy roll-up will trounce any Fruit by the Foot you put it up against.
St-Germain is one of the most popular and impressively versatile liqueurs on the market—sometimes referred to as “bartenders’ ketchup.” It mixes flawlessly with Champagne, ice cream, cranberry sauce, sage, soda water, an old shoe—pretty much whatever you have lying around the house. But it’s particularly good in this instance with strawberry puree and applesauce. Once rolled, these ruby-hued morsels may look like your average strawberry fruit leather, but thanks to the honeyed, floral flavors of St-Germain, they’re much more satisfying and a whole heck of a lot more grown up.