refreshing summer mocktail

During our Mother's Day dinner a few weeks ago, I was so jealous of my sister's cocktail, that I asked the bartender for the virgin version. I don't drink even when I'm not pregnant, so I was excited to find something cocktail-like, that actually lacked fake, processed sugary mixers. This fresh kiwi-vanilla spritzer was so refreshing, I knew I'd copy it at home. And I have... several times. You need just four ingredients:

  • 1 whole kiwi,* skin-on, cut into large chunks
  • vanilla bean simple syrup (equal parts sugar & water, boiled & cooled, with a scraped vanilla bean added)
  • plain or lime, unsweetened sparkling water
  • ice

  • *Kiwis are one of those Super Fruits we should be eating several times a week if possible! Extremely rich in free radical-neutralizing vitamin C (more than an equivalent amount of orange), kiwi also offers folate, potassium, fiber, carotenoids, polyphenols, chlorophyll, glutathione and pectin. In addition, kiwis are an unusual source of Vitamin E, and are antioxidant all stars!

  • muddle kiwi chunks in the bottom of a glass
  • add ice
  • top off with sparkling water
  • drizzle with vanilla syrup, to taste
  • stir

  • That's it! Once you make a batch of the simple syrup, it'll last in the fridge for a couple weeks... then you're just a muddle away from the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

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