Summer beverages filled with fresh fruit flavors

August 14, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Learn to make two easy summer beverages for your next gathering. Reza Esmaili, San Francisco Chronicle's "Bartender of the Year" and bar manager of Conduit Restaurant, shares these delicious drink recipes.

PEACHES ON WHITE SAND BEACHES
Perfectly mid-summer seasonal, yet unique flavor components

  • 1.5oz fresh white peach puree
  • .75oz honey syrup (2:1 organic honey to water)
  • .5oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz. soda water
  • Shake puree, honey and lemon in mixing glass 2/3 full w ice.
  • Empty contents into collins glass
  • Add soda water and zest w fresh lemon

Optional: add 1oz Veev acai spirit prior to shaking, soda water not neccessary.

AMAZON BRUNCH PUNCH
Not "low-cal" but all good quality proteins and antioxidants

  • 2oz. Acai juice
  • 2oz. whole milk (use 2% if fat conscious)
  • .5oz. rich simple syrup (2:1 sugar to water, sub honey if avoiding processed sugars)
  • 3 large mint leaves
  • Shake all ingredients in mixing glass full of ice
  • Fine (double) strain into double rocks glass filled w fresh ice.
  • Garnish with vibrant mint sprig tip

Optional: add 1oz Veev acai spirit into mixing glass

VEEV AÇAI SPIRIT
(pronounced ah-sigh-ee)

VeeV is the world's first açai spirit, bringing a taste of Brazil to your cocktail glass. Açai, known as Brazil's national fruit, is an exotic-tasting berry that is widely considered to be on the healthiest foods on the planet (açai looks like a blueberry and has 50% more antioxidants than pomegranate) . Made from all-natural ingredients, VeeV is a 60 proof liqueur that mixes like vodka (80 proof), expect with a smoother finish. It's refreshing simply chilled neat, on the rocks with a splash of soda and lime, or in fresh fruit drinks.

VeeV is a dedicated green spirit, donating $1 per bottle sold back to the Brazilian Rainforest to ensure the safe harvest of açai. Popularized by surfers and sports enthusiasts, the dark purple açai berry catapulted from the Brazilian Amazon to the U.S., and is now the latest trend in consumer products ranging from dietary supplements to fruit juices and cosmetics. VeeV brings the popular berry to the martini glasses of the country's best bars and restaurants.

For more delicious fresh-fruit recipes with VeeV Açai Spirit, please visit www.veevlife.com.


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