Friday, August 13, 2010

A Refreshing Drink for a Hot Day

Since we've been 'blessed' this summer with the heat that last summer lacked, plus this summer's as well, the appeal of my usual choice of dry red wines is pretty unpalatable.  While I am usually not a fan of white wines, when it's hot and steamy, Gazela Vihno Verde is cool and refreshing.

It has a quiet effervesce, which you can see in the glass above, and it has low alcohol content as well.

Apparently I wasn't the only one enjoying it; the distributor actually ran dry for a bit during a heat wave a few weeks ago.  But it's now back on the shelves at Mustard Seed Market and West Point Market.  Oh, and it's reasonably priced at about $7 a bottle.

Have you tried Elixir by Lounging Gourmet yet?  I was first introduced to them, and their local creator, Nora Eggers, at the Fabulous Food Show last fall.  It is a delicious collection of champagne and cocktail mixtures handcrafted from natural and organic floral compounds.

The flavor line-up includes Damascan Rose, English Lavender, Andean Fire Orchid, and Antillean Hibiscus.  They are heavenly!  They are highly concentrated, so only a small drizzle is needed to liven up a drink.  I like them in iced tea, with cheap sparkling water, and I've been putting a bit in my Vinho Verde.  They contain no alcohol, so everyone can enjoy them.

I'm looking forward to experimenting with the Elixirs in recipes as well.

Look for the smiling Nora at local food shows and events, and you can also buy Elixir at Lilly Handmade Chocolates in Tremont, and through the Lounging Gourmet website.

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