Sponsored by TOPO Organic Spirits, Chapel Hill, NC
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ife gets crazy busy as fall unfolds, so we’ve put together a simple cocktail where you can do less prepping and more relaxing. This drink has those energetic flavors you love but uses only a few carefully balanced, easily accessible ingredients. The flavors in the mix pair well with many dishes, including fall favorites like Carolina barbeque. Try expanding beyond beer and serving this citrusy gem. It will give pork a new dimension. And, oh yeah, did we mention that you can turn it into a frozen treat for grown ups? Now, you’re livin’ the dream. The recipe expands easily to fill molds or an ice cube tray. THE ARBORETUM 1 ½ oz. TOPO Organic Vodka ½ oz. St. Germaine Freshly Squeezed Grapefruit Juice Kiwi Slices Grapefriut Slices
A QUICK PUT-YOUR-FEET-UP DRINK FOR THE BUSY FALL SCHEDULE. IT’S CRISP, CITRUSY AND SLIGHTLY SWEET.
Pour TOPO Organic vodka and St. Germaine into a glass with ice. Fill glass with grapefruit juice to your taste preference. Transfer mixture into a shaker and shake until very cold. Pour back into glass and garnish with a kiwi or grapefruit slice. (Or both!) If you want to add a little more texture and aroma, leave a little pulp in the freshly squeezed grapefruit and add a sprig of mint.
Whether you want to just sip at sunset, or celebrate the fact that you are over 21 and can do a freezer takeover, commit this one to memory so you can pull together a balanced blend in a snap. –Esteban McMahan, TOPO Spirit Guide
ENJOY A BOOZY TAKE ON THE FROZEN POP. TRIPLE THE RECIPE, POUR INTO ICE MOLDS WITH KIWI AND FREEZE.
TOPO Organic Vodka is available in ABC stores throughout NC, $29.95. Want to visit the distillery? Book tours online at topodistillery.com.