Thu 29 Jun 2017
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SMOKED KIWI CAIPIROSKA
The warmer season means we all look for new cocktails to serve and enjoy during the longer days of sunlight. For those of you who are a fan of the fruity cocktail, why not take a less traditional approach and bring a new flavor level in.
Kiwifruit Gets A Smoky Start
Caipiroska is a popular drink in South America consisting mostly of vodka, sugar, and lime. I thought I’d give you a less traditional recipe featuring kiwifruit. Start the ultimate caipiroska by introducing a depth of flavor by smoking the kiwifruit. We show you how in our previous posting. Next, we’ll balance out the bolder smoke with an assortment of sweet and fresh ingredients. Let’s get the list together.
Gather These Ingredients:
- 2 cups smoked kiwifruit, peeled and diced
- 12 mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 3 limes
- 2 cups high-quality vodka
- 2 cups tonic water, seltzer, or coconut flavored sparkling water
- Ice cubes
- Mortar and pestle
- 1 kiwifruit peeled and thinly sliced for garnish
Muddle For Ultimate Aromatics
Taking a teaspoon of sugar, 2 mint leaves, and 1/3 cup diced smoked kiwifruit, I add this to a mortar and pestle. Next, squeeze in ½ lime juice, then muddle the ingredients together until a chunky mixture is revealed. This is the part that allows you to experience all the aromatics of the fresh ingredients coming together. Gives you an idea what your taste buds are in store for!
Time for the Pour
With the key ingredients muddled in harmony, it’s time to bring everything to the glass. First, I pour my kiwi-mint-lime mixture into a serving glass. I then add 3-4 ice cubes. You will most definitely smell the minty fruit combination without picking up the hint of smoke. That flavor will come when the drink passes over the taste buds.
Vodka Makes It Adult
The final steps to our Smoked Kiwifruit Caipiroska – adding a quality vodka. This will be equal parts vodka and carbonated water, whether you use straight seltzer, tonic, or even coconut water. You certainly can experiment with the water you like best. There are no rules when it comes to cocktails. I like to give my caipiroska a little stir just to combine things a bit more.
Lay Back and Enjoy
Using simple seasonal ingredients of kiwifruit, previously smoked using SmokinLicious® alder wood and a hand held food smoker, fresh mint, and lime, we’ve given a twist to the traditional caipiroska. Muddled together for incredible flavors and aromatics, premium vodka and your favorite sparkling water are added. Finish the beautiful glass off with a sliced kiwifruit and you’re ready for fun entertaining or a kick back afternoon or evening.
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