Tizana. Venezuelan tropical fruit salad Drink

Tizana is a traditional treat in Venezuela. It’s like a tropical fruit salad mixed with a fruit punch. Learn how to make this refreshing recipe!

Tizana! That brings back memories of warm days and refreshing drinks. Tizana is a popular beverage in my home country, Venezuela. It’s like a tropical fruit salad in a glass, bursting with flavors.

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Tizana. Venezuelan Tropical Fruit Salad Drink

With warm days approaching a refreshing treat/drink comes so handy and believe me this recipe is amazingly good!

In Venezuela, a Tizana is so common, yummy, and healthy treat. We call it Tizana but it’s actually like a tropical fruit salad and a fruit punch juice.

I personally love it. It’s refreshing and so purifying. During Summer it’s the perfect treat.

To calm the typical heat of the summer days, I love preparing a Fruit Tizana, and feel closer to my beloved Venezuela.

image of bowl of fruits or tizana and cup with tizana

It is a very refreshing mix of fruits, juices or citrus fruit juices, and crushed ice. We usually drink it at any time of the day. In my case, I would buy a “mini” (½ liter) of Tizana from Fruits for breakfast, and boy did I have breakfast!

In any corner or on the beach of my country you will find a “cart” and a nice gentleman who sells Tizanas. Also, in breakfast or coffee shops, you can find tizanas. This to say it’s a tradition.

closer view of cup with tizana

Why is this recipe special?

Well on one hand, it is something different and uncommon outside Venezuela, it is not an actual fruit salad or a fruit punch, this Fruit Tizana has more liquid and if you want you can even include a splash of rum for that extra kick but it’s not the norm.

When it’s really hot outside, fruity drinks can help you feel better. You can enjoy these kinds of non-alcoholic cocktails in the tropics all the time.

Tizana is a popular drink in Venezuela. It is one of the most common drinks in the country. This drink is made with different fruit juices and chopped fruits all mixed together. Most people use oranges and lemons to make juice. Also, grenadine is added to give its characteristi color. Chopped fruits can include pineapple, watermelon, banana, melon, papaya, and others.

One of the most liked recipes includes adding different fruits like grapes, apples, pears, oranges, and more. However, in different parts of Venezuela, they use different fruits. Actually, in some places, people even put condensed milk in it.

This recipe for fruit tizana is really easy and the version I use is only the traditional fruit plus grapes, so it’s a healthier and more natural fruit drink.

For this occasion, I have served her in these cute ice cream glasses but you can serve it in any glass or even a bowl if that makes you happy.

How to make a tizana fruit salad Drink

It’s SO easy to make that you can make it any time with any fruit you like. You don’t need to have all the fruits I’m mentioning but of course the more the better =D. You can have this treat at any time of the day. Yummy

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Ingredients:

  • Papaya
  • Clementines
  • Bananas
  • Melon
  • Watermelon
  • Grapes
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Lime juice
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Orange Juice
  • Grenadine Syrup
  • Ice to taste

Equipment:

  • Blender

Directions

  1. Cut the watermelon, blend, pass through a strainer and place all the juice in a large bowl. This is important, do not add any liquid when blending since the watermelon contains enough and we want it pure.
  2. Peel the clementines, pineapple, mango, papaya, and bananas chop them into small cubes and and add them to the bowl where the watermelon juice is.
  3. Pour the orange, and lime juices into our fruit cocktail and mix well… we test how it tastes, if necessary you can add a little sugar, this is to personal taste. Add the grenadine, mix well, and take to the fridge for 2 hours.
  4. Finally, we serve in glasses and place the grapes on them so that they remain as a topping. We now have our tizana ready.
  5. When serving, you can put crushed ice to taste in the glasses with the tizana so that it is extra cold.
  6. Enjoy!

While you enjoy this refreshing drink, share with us a photo of your Venezuelan tizana and tell us about your experience. What do you think of this recipe?

closeup of cup with tizana

Recipe Tips:

  • Use fresh, ripe fruits for the best flavor in your tizana. Opt for a variety of colorful fruits such as oranges, pineapples, strawberries, grapes, and apples for a vibrant and flavorful drink.
  • Remember to remove all the seeds so that when you drink the tizana you don’t encounter any. Place all the fruits in a large bowl or jar.
  • While not traditional, some Venezuelans may also add a splash of rum to their tizana for an adult version of the drink. Additionally, you can garnish the tizana with fresh mint leaves or a slice of lime for a refreshing touch.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the tizana until ready to serve.
  • Allow the tizana to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving to let the flavors meld together and develop. You can also prepare it in advance and let it chill overnight for maximum flavor infusion.
  • Serve the tizana over plenty of ice cubes to keep it cool and refreshing, especially on hot summer days. You can even freeze some of the fruits into ice cubes for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Garnish each glass of tizana with a slice of fruit or a sprig of fresh herbs for a beautiful presentation. Not only does it look appealing, but it also adds a hint of freshness to every sip.
another view of bowl of fruits or tizana and cup with tizana

What do you think have you had a tizana or fruit salad like this before? If not, would you like to try it???

Making ahead and storing

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the tizana until ready to serve.

If you’ve made a large batch, you can transfer smaller portions to sealed containers for easier storage. Store the tizana in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days for optimal freshness. Stir well before serving, as the fruits may release some juice during storage.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Tizana made of?

The drink must have its origins in Spanish sangria, but a tizana lacks the red wine and is prepared with a wider variety of tropical fruits. The key ingredient is grenadine (granadina in Venezuela), which gives the tizana its distinctive purple/red color.

What is Venezuela’s favorite drink?

Tizana is a Venezuelan drink. As you may or may not know, in Venezuela we have summer-like weather all year long, so this drink is very popular. It’s refreshing and delicious. It is made with juice, tons of different chopped fruits, and grenadine.

Can I use frozen fruits for tizana?

I don’t recommend frozen fruit because the texture of the thaw fruit and texture won’t give the recipe the best results.

Can I make tizana ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare tizana ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. However, keep in mind that the fruits may release some juice, so the texture of the tizana may change slightly over time. Stir well before serving. I don’t recommend keeping the tizana in the fridge for more than 24-48 hours. The sooner you consume it, the better.

Can I add alcohol to tizana?

While traditional tizana is non-alcoholic, some people like to add a splash of rum for extra flavor. If you choose to add alcohol, do so according to your taste preferences and enjoy it responsibly. Do not serve it to kids.

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🥣 Recipe

Tizana also known as Venezuelan Tropical fruit ponch salad in a cup on the table

Tizana. Venezuelan Tropical Fruit salad Drink Recipe

Camila Rojas
Tizana is a traditional treat in Venezuela. It's like a tropical fruit salad mixed with a fruit punch. Learn how to make this refreshing recipe!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Drinks, Treats
Cuisine Venezuelan
Servings 12 people

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large watermelon
  • 1 pineapple
  • 1/2 melon
  • 1 small papaya
  • 5 bananas
  • Juice of 6 oranges
  • Juice of 8 lemons
  • ¼ pound of Papaya
  • 2-3 Clementines
  • 1/2 pound Grapes
  • 1 large Mango
  • Grenadine Syrup to taste
  • Ice to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cut the watermelon, blend, pass through a strainer and place all the juice in a large bowl. This is important, do not add any liquid when blending since the watermelon contains enough and we want it pure.
  • Peel the clementines, pineapple, mango, papaya, and bananas chop them into small cubes and and add them to the bowl where the watermelon juice is.
  • Pour the orange, and lime juices into our fruit cocktail and mix well… we test how it tastes, if necessary you can add a little sugar, this is to personal taste. Add the grenadine, mix well, and take to the fridge for 2 hours.
  • Finally, we serve in glasses and place the grapes on them so that they remain as a topping. We now have our tizana ready.
  • When serving, you can put crushed ice to taste in the glasses with the tizana so that it is extra cold.
  • Enjoy!
  • While you enjoy this refreshing drink, share with us a photo of your Venezuelan tizana and tell us about your experience. What do you think of this recipe?

Notes

  • Some people like to add a pinch of cinnamon.
  • Some people also like to add a bit of liquor like rum. 
  • Not all fruits are a must, you can add or remove to taste.
Keyword tizana, tropical fruit punch, tropical fruit salad, venezuelan tizana

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22 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    We enjoyed your fruit punch many times this summer! So healthy and refreshing during the hot days, thanks!

  2. Looks delicious! A little watermelon in the blender with some ice could be all the juice this needs. So colorful! Great pics!!

  3. I love fruit salads, but have never made one with fruit punch juice. It sounds, and looks so refreshing. Thank you for sharing it on Foodie Friday

  4. This looks so delicious! I featured it this week on OneKriegerChick from the Hit Me With Your Best Shot Linky! Thanks for linking up…Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week!

    ~Ariean

  5. This fruit salad looks amazing! Thanks for link up at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop. I just wanted to stop by and let you know you will be featured tonight. Please stop by at 8pm C and link up any new posts you have and don’t forget to grab your featured button. Have a great day!

  6. It looks so refreshing! I am a huge fan of fruit salads. :) And this makes me even more eager to see spring come as we have tons of snow on the ground right now. Thanks for sharing at Project Inspire{d}~AnExtraordinaryDay.net

  7. We love fruit salads and always have them at family gatherings. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Stopping by from All Things Pretty Linkup.

  8. HI Cami! I’m hopping over from Let’s Get Real to check out your fruit salad. It really looks delicous. I just love fruit salad the juice is my favorite. I often see that folks pull out the juice of a fruit salad so it doesn’t get all over a picnic plate. I really like that you added extra juice and served it in a bowl so you don’t have to worry about the extra juice.

  9. This looks delicious…I’m a terrible cook I would burn down the kitchen even with
    this recipe!
    But I’m definitely pinning for the hubby! He’s the chef in the family.

  10. Oh This Looks so yummy! I am so needing a break from all this snow and this post just cheered me right up! Thanks for linking at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  11. This looks so amazing. I am buried in almost a foot of snow…tropical fruit salad would make me fill all warm and fuzzing inside for sure. This would be perfect for a shower or party. Thanks for sharing.