Summer is a time for a crisp and refreshing drink. One of my favorites is a mojito, or even a spicy cilantro jalapeno margarita. Lately, I have been on a Gin kick. I had some extra kiwi fruit on hand from a recent recipe I entered for a kiwifruit contest. It was for my grilled ahi tuna noodle bowls with kiwi pineapple salsa recipe. I love to pair a drink with my meal when possible, so I borrowed some of the mint, lime juice, and kiwifruit and came up with this lovely libation.
How familiar are you with kiwifruit? Like most of you, I was aware of the usual green fruit with the fuzzy skin. I did not know that kiwifruit, similar to apples and other fruits, came in other varieties. Zespri, a New Zealand kiwifruit company, is introducing a new variety called SunGold Kiwifruit. The SunGold kiwifruits have yellow fruit instead of green, and smooth skin that easily comes off with a spoon (just like you do with an avocado). SunGolds are also a Superfruit. One serving (2 kiwifruit) of SunGold provides three times more vitamin C than an orange and as much potassium as a medium banana. SunGold is a good source of antioxidant vitamin E. The light tropical taste of the SunGold made me think it would be perfect in a summer cocktail. Especially with some fresh mint from the garden!
For those of you who are abstaining from alcohol, this can be crafted with 7-up instead of the soda water, and omit the gin. Soda Water is also a source of Sodium. Make sure to check the labels and find the lowest sodium possible.
I have been into Gins this summer for many reasons. The botanicals used in the distilling of gin, give a lighter taste and aroma that quickly call to mind summer days and breezes.
Elderflower liqueur gives this cooler a bit of sophistication that takes this up to the next level. You could make a pitcher full to sit and sip on porch in the shade. Lacy gloves and hats optional! So break out your fancy hats, and lets whip up a batch!
Kiwi Gin Cooler Cocktail
- 2 oz Gin find one distilled with botanicals
- 3/4 oz Elderflower Liqueur
- 4 slices of Kiwi
- 4 Leaves Mint
- 1/2 oz Lime Juice fresh squeezed
- 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
In your cocktail shaker, add the mint, kiwi, lime juice, and simple syrup.
Muddle the ingredients until the kiwi is pulped.
Add the gin and liqueur to the shaker
Fill with ice, cap the shaker and shake vigorously
Pour through a strainer into a Collins glass filled with ice
Top with Soda and swizzle the mix together
Garnish with a slice of Kiwi (with the skin on)
The recipes below are more Kiwi inspired dishes. All have been created by the dieticians and Nutritionists who make up The Recipe Redux. While they are all healthy recipes, I can’t vouch that they are low sodium. Always check the ingredients list, and hack out the high sodium ingredients to make it work for the low sodium lifestyle!