No, this isn’t an Appletini, and it doesn’t contain any artificial coloring. In fact, this is the Jolly Green Machine, a new cocktail from Napa Valley Grille that contains sparkling lemonade, gin… and kale?
Yup. For those brave enough to try it, this cocktail offers a distinct reward. Delicately balanced, with a sweet hint of elderflower and the grassy aroma of fresh kale, this greentini is surprisingly delicious and mild. The added kale juice — made by blending fresh baby kale with a little water — looks as potent as wheatgrass juice but has a fraction of the flavor, instead adding color and that grassy scent to the drink. It’s a beverage that literally embodies spring’s fresh grass and new flowers, and it will make an excellent addition to your Earth Month cocktail repertoire.
For the kale juice:
Add a handful of fresh baby kale leaves to a blender with a tablespoon or two of water. Blend them together until the mixture is very smooth. If it isn’t blending well, add more water.
For the cocktail:
- 2 parts kale juice
- 3 parts fresh lemonade
- 1 part Farmer’s Organic Gin
- 1/2 part St. Germain elderflower liqueur
- 2 parts club soda
- 1/2 part agave syrup (optional)
image: Jessica Reeder