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Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 24, 2014

In my last blog I mentioned martinis and their prominent role in every mixologist’s, professional or novice, arsenal. This got me to thinking, why not add a new twist to it by using another classic beverage?

Who doesn’t remember drinking apple juice out of a carton? I know I still buy some apple juice every time I go grocery shopping! And now we can use it for a more adult purpose.

Take these two classics, add a hint of cranberry and you’ve got yourself the best childhood themed adult beverage you could hope for.

Try it out this weekend, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself reminiscing and taking a walk down memory lane. Cheers!

Cranberry-Apple Martini with Mini Fruit Crystals® Cranberry Rim

Yield: 1 drink

Ingredients:

Directions:

Chill a martini glass. In a shaker, combine all ingredients and shake.

Pour Mini Fruit Crystals® Cranberry on a small plate, lay out evenly. Add simple syrup (sugar & water mixture – heat to dissolve sugar) to a small bowl and dip the glass rim in it. Immediately dip the chilled glass in the Mini Fruit Crystals® Cranberry plate.

Strain the shaker ingredients into the glass. Add a tsp of Fresh Origins Mini Fruit Crystals® Cranberry to the drink. Garnish with an apple wedge.

And the award goes to…

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Awards season is upon us and my DVR is filling up fast! This has to be one of my favorite times of year to veg out and watch all the red carpet coverage. Everything from the hair styles, jewels, gowns all the way down to the shoes makes for some quality television.

Of course, a good awards show calls for a good cocktail. Emma Thompson knew that when she took over the stage at the Golden Globes a couples weeks ago.

Although her drink of choice, a martini garnished with an olive, is a classic that will never let you down I will be sipping on something with less of a kick and a little more sweetness.

A cranberry-rosemary mojito with Mini Fruit Crystals Cranberry has the perfect combination of sweet, tart, and a hint of that woodsy flavor. The vibrant red color resembles the red carpet that we recognize so well. Try it out, the recipe is included here for you to mix up!

Whether you watch it live or you DVR it, don’t miss all the awards shows coming up. Who knows, maybe Leo will finally get that Oscar…

Cranberry-Rosemary Mojito with Mini Herb Crystals® Cranberry Rim

Yield: 1 drink

Ingredients:

  • 1 handful Rosemary
  • Mini Fruit Crystals® Cranberry
  • 1 Lime – 2 oz Lime Juice (save one wedge for garnish)
  • 1 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 1.5 oz White Rum
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Ice

Directions

Pull rosemary off sprig (save one sprig for garnish). Cut lime into wedges, save one for garnish. Squeeze lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add rosemary and muddle. Add simple sugar, rum, triple sec, fill with ice and shake.

Pour Mini Fruit Crystals® Cranberry on a small plate, lay out evenly. Add simple syrup (sugar & water mixture – heat to dissolve sugar) to a small bowl and dip the glass rim in it. Immediately dip glass in the Mini Fruit Crystals® Cranberry plate.

Pour the shaker ingredients into the glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of rosemary. Top with a tsp of Mini Fruit Crystals® Cranberry.


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