Kiwi Vesper (Cocktail & Mocktail)

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A vesper is a martini-style cocktail that first became popular in the James Bond novel Casino Royale, written in the 1950s by the talented Ian Fleming. Bond instructs the bartender how to prepare his drink, and we can reasonably assume it’s shaken, not stirred.

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Our weekend recipe is a summery, party-ready variation, with kiwifruit as the star attraction. If you’d prefer to make a mocktail, substitute 6 ounces of white grape juice and a dash of bitters for the alcohol.

Prep time is only 3 minutes, and most of the ingredients should be available at your local natural and organic food store. Cheers!

Kiwi Vesper

Makes 2 cocktails

2 kiwis, peeled and chopped
2 ounces vodka
2 ounces gin
2 ounces Lillet Blanc (a French wine made with citrus liqueur)
1 cup ice

Muddle kiwifruit, vodka, gin, Lillet Blanc and ice in cocktail shaker. Shake all ingredients; strain into two sugar-rimmed martini glasses. Garnish with unpeeled kiwifruit slice.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Zespri Kiwifruit

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