Miami, Florida doesn't see a change of seasons, I like to think we have two— Summer and Summer-Lite. But that doesn't mean we can't infuse our endless tropical climate with tidbits of fall flavors so we don't feel gipped. These two recipes will help you sneak in healthy- for- you ingredients, and at the same time quench your thirst for happy hour. Personally, I think these are refreshingly good for any time of day, and any time of the year—especially since we live in paradise...it's 5 o'clock somewhere, people!
1 cup Guava Juice (fresh or bottled)
3/4 cup Jasmine Green tea (cold brewed)
1 Lime (fresh squeezed)
1 Kale leaf or handfull
1/2 inch Ginger root
1/2 cup Mint leaves
In the shaker:
Add 4 oz of gin, 1 cup of ice, fill the rest of the shaker with the Juice mixture from above, and 3/4 cup of jasmine green tea (cold brewed). Vigorously shake up the goodness.
Next, pour into a coupe or highball glass leaving about an inch of space at the top. The piece de resistance—ginger kombucha! OR—Top off your cocktail with some of your favorite sudsy ginger beer and savor the tropical fall flavor!
The Spicy Virgin:
3 Celery sticks
2 Kale leaves
1 Lemon (fresh squeezed)
1/2 inch Ginger
1 Red bell pepper
2 tbsp Organic Soy Sauce
Sea salt and pepper to taste
For a spicy and smoky flavor add chill powder and ground red pepper flakes to taste.
To deflower this spicy maiden, add 4 oz of gin or vodka and serve over a tall glass of ice. Garnish with olives, a slice of bacon and a celery stick.