Friday, May 28, 2010

Second Helping: Strawberry Grapes Cocktail with Juniper Berries and Mint

It was a sunny and lazy Sunday.  All needed to add charm to my backyard BBQ was a fresh cocktail with no alcohol. Last time I was in that mood I tried a virgin mojito in a local tapas bar. The mix of sugary soda and mint didn't please me, so I decided to create my own. Here it is.  I shared the drink later on our playdate and the kids and moms loved it.  Cheers!

Strawberry and Grapes Cocktail

With some not so fresh strawberries and grapes, I prepared a syrup-like compote, simmering the fruits with orange juice. I used the mix as a base for the cocktail. If you are willing to try an alcoholic variation you can add some gin or limoncello.

2 tablespoons Strawberry and Grapes Compote (recipe below)
1/2 cup sparkling mineral water with lime
1/4 cup apple juice (optional)
4 leaves fresh mint, chopped
Ice (optional)

Add all ingredients, stir slowly and add fresh chopped mint on the top.

Strawberry and Grapes Compote

1 cup whole strawberries
1 cup seedless red grapes
1 cup fresh orange juice
5 or 6 juniper berries, dried

Simmer all for about 30 minutes or until the fruits are smooth. Refrigerate and reserve for the drink.

1 comment:

Myrna said...

Hummmmmm! This is realing enticing! But being verry selfish, I will try the alcoholic version of it!


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