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Shikaf: Lebanese fruit cocktail

When you order a cocktail in Lebanon, you usually get a shikaf in your hand. If you're new to the fruit cocktail, you'll ask yourself, "Spoon or slurp?" Rest assured, you don't have to choose! Start with the spooning and then slurp the rest. Shikaf is both cocktail and dessert.

Shikaf is like a holiday

This fruit cocktail not only looks deliciously like a holiday, it tastes like one too! The base is a variation of freshly pureed smoothies, delicious fruits, a few ice cubes and a great topping of a rosewater cream, crunchy nuts and sweet honey. How does that sound to you?

Shikaf is like a sugary summer song that you can remix to your heart's content. This version is my favourite: mango-pineapple and strawberry-banana smoothie as a base. Add fresh strawberries, mango, pineapple, kiwi and blueberries. The recipe should inspire you to make your own mix in the future. You can also spice up shikaf with fresh mint or thyme, for example, and use other fruits according to your mood.

Do not forget the topping

But there is one constant in every Shikaf fruit cocktail: the cream! In the original, the Lebanese pudding "Ashta" is used for this. Ashta is very similar to mascarpone, but not quite as creamy. Mascarpone is also higher in fat and therefore the perfect flavour carrier for me. The cream is super quick to mix and gives the whole thing a really quite unusual touch. Then there are the crunchy nuts, which give the cocktail a different texture.

With or without alcohol?

Even though the original Shikaf comes without alcohol, you can of course let your imagination run wild here as well. If you like, add a shot of gin, vodka or arak to the fruit cocktail. Just don't overdo it 😀

I hope you have fun experimenting and, above all, enjoying it. Feel free to give me your feedback in the comments on how you liked Shikaf, what your favourite mix is or whether you slurp or spoon it first. I'm really looking forward to it 🙂

Recipe for shikaf

Shikaf Lebanese fruit cocktail
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Preparation time 20 minutes
Preparation time 5 minutes
Total time 25 min.
Servings 4 Servings

Cooking utensils


Strawberry smoothie

  • 200 g Strawberries
  • 1 Banana

Mango-pineapple smoothie

  • 150 g Mango
  • 150 g Pineapple
  • 1 Orange

Fruits (proposal)

  • 150 g Strawberries
  • 150 g Mango
  • 150 g Pineapple
  • 2 Kiwis
  • 1 Handful Blueberries



  • 1 Handful Nuts To taste
  • Honey At will


  • Ice cubes or crushed ice


Prepare smoothies

  • For the two types of smoothie, peel the fruit, cut into small pieces and, using a blender or hand blender, puree both types individually one after the other and set aside - do not mix 😉


  • Peel, core and chop the fruit.


  • Whip the mascarpone with the milk and rose water to a cream.


  • Divide the ice into glasses and pour the mango smoothie first. Then add most of the sliced fruit and top up with the strawberry smoothie. Please leave some space for the cream and the nuts.
  • Top the cocktail with the cream, the remaining fruit, nuts and some honey.


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