Thursday, December 16, 2010
0 Recipe #216: Kick-ass Kiwi-ade
Earlier this year, I came up with this drink idea on a hot summer's day when I was looking for something different to make other than the usual lemonade or limeade. It's light and frothy, tart and sweet, and very, very refreshing.
12 large fresh mint leaves
2 c. ripe kiwi, peeled, hulled, sliced crosswise into 1/2" thick rounds, & then quartered (about 4 kiwis)
2 c. seltzer water (club soda)
2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice, or to taste (optional)
1/4 c. + 2 tsp. honey, or to taste
ice cubes (or crushed ice)
Directions: Add the mint leaves to a large glass pitcher. With the side of a spoon, mull the mint leaves by pressing them against the sides of the pitcher. Next, purée kiwis in a blender, pulsing until smooth. Add seltzer water, lemon juice (if using), & honey, in that order, to the blender & pulse until well combined. Transfer contents to pitcher & stir well with a long spoon or stirrer. Refrigerate & add ice just before serving. Serve & enjoy!
Variations: For an even more colorful presentation, you could also add kiwi slices (sliced crosswise into rounds), or for even more color, add both orange and kiwi slices. You could also make it alcoholic, spiking it with vodka for a vodka kiwi-ade or beer for a kiwi shandy. Or, try adding champagne or sparkling wine for a unique & unusual mimosa.
Yield: Makes about 40 fl. oz. (5 cups), or 4-6 servings.