Interest in lower ABV cocktails remains strong as people look for lighter styled drinks that support their the hard-worn efforts at eating well and working out. Of course some of us just want to enjoy a drink or three and that’s easier when they are lower in alcohol. Martini & Rossi North American Brand Ambassador Fabio Raffaelli, notes that “Low-ABV offerings are growing in sophistication and are seen as additions to a bar rather than a replacement for full-strength cocktails. This trend goes hand-in-hand with the increased interest in naturally low-ABV fortified wines, amaros, sherries and vermouths.” Indeed, Martini & Rossi has a new botanically-infused apertivo that spritzer lovers will enjoy and the increasing availability of organic ingredients (from agave to cococnut sugar) is great for crafting cleaner cocktails. Below are some cocktails to get your weekend started:
Martini & Rossi Fiero & Tonic: This new low ABV botanical and orange infused fortified wine is Martini & Rossi’s biggest innovation in the past 30 years. Made with a blend of white wines and botanicals including sweet Spanish oranges grown in Murcia, it’s been tailor made to play well with tonic water—bringing a new spritz into the fold for 2021. Surely the easiest cocktail you can make.
The Fiero Spritz
Directions: Pack a balloon glass with ice and pour in an equal ration of MARTINI & ROSSI Fiero and tonic water. Stir gently for a few moments and garnish with an orange wheel.
Ketel One Botanical Vodka Spritz: Ketel One makes three botanically infused vodkas (Peach and Orange Blossom; Cucumber and Mint; Grapefruit and Rose) which are great for making a spritzer, but if you want to go the easy route they made it a no-brainer with the launch of their three canned cocktail botanical spritzers. Same perks—no carbs, no added sugar, no artificial flavors or sweeteners and only 73 calories—just pre-made and ready to go. You can always bust out a glass of ice and pour the can over ice if you prefer the real cocktail experience.
Madhava Margarita: Madhava is a brand that offers organic fair trade alternatives to processed, refined food products. Think about making cocktails that use raw honey and organic coconut sugar instead of white refined sugar. This margarita uses organic agave.
Directions: Combine Madhava Natural Sweeteners Organic Raw Agave Nectar, fresh lime juice and tequila in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice. Cover and shake until well chilled. Divide cocktail among salt-rimmed glasses.
Grapefruit Rosemary Gin Fizz –In this drink use organic coconut sugar as a sweet alternative
For the Rosemary Simple Syrup
For the Grapefruit Rosemary Gin Fizz (makes 1 cocktail)
Directions: Pour water and coconut sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add rosemary sprigs and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside to steep for 15 minutes. Juice your grapefruit or use store-bought grapefruit juice. Combine gin, grapefruit juice, lime juice, sliced cucumber and rosemary simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Pour into a glass and top with lemon lime soda. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and sliced cucumber.
Bourbon Honey Mint Julep
Bourbon and Honey Mint Julep –Organic /raw honey sweetens the drink for this refreshing spring sipper.
For the Honey-Mint Syrup
For the Honey Mint Julep
Directions: In a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat, add honey and water and stir constantly until honey is dissolved. Remove from heat, stir in mint leaves and set aside to cool for at least 1 hour. Add mint leaves to your glass and gently muddle the leaves. Add 1/2 ounce of the honey-mint syrup, bourbon and crushed ice, and stir. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint to serve.
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