Forget the fact that NBC is all but ruining the 2012 Olympics through their glitchy streaming, hacked up broadcasts, and announcing the medalists online before we get to see it…the Olympics are still drawing lots of our attention. I thought it would only be appropriate to put together a gold cocktail to celebrate the Olympic spirit. I’m not condoning turning this kiwi cocktail into a contest of consumption…just trying to tie in the ‘in season’ gold kiwi with the season of the Olympics and hoping to coerce you into trying this delicious fruit.
You may have noticed I used gold kiwi in Wednesday’s recipe for the watermelon shrimp salad. To say I have a lot of them in my kitchen might be a bit of an understatement. I bought a case of them.
If you haven’t already figured this out, food people (specifically those who write food blogs) are weird. We buy seemingly strange ingredients and equipment and sometimes bizarre quantities of both. It’s kind of like the hoarding mentality in that we know we’ll use them/it in something…we just aren’t sure what when the purchase is actually made. Ah c’est la vie.
Yes, gold kiwi are related to the ever popular green kiwi. Same fuzzy exterior and same juicy interior. The biggest difference in flavor between the two is that the gold kiwi aren’t quite as tart as the green. When you add them into dishes, they tend to blend more as opposed to standing out. Depending on what you’re making, this can make a big difference in flavors.
I particularly like using gold kiwi in cocktails. Their subtle flavor pairs nicely with so many different kinds of fruits and alcohols, the cocktail recipes are virtually endless. Of course you could also make a simple kiwi cocktail of just kiwi and alcohol (vodka or gin would be great).
This kiwi cocktail is going to be made with watermelon, since I have a lot of it left over from the salad. These two very subtle flavors need a bit of a kick to make a drink that’s more exciting, so I used orange vodka and just a splash of tart lime juice to perk it up a bit. Think of the lime juice as a really good bra. Things are okay without it, but you need some good structure to really appreciate everything that’s going on.
Making up a big batch of these and keeping them in the fridge for the weekend would be my recommendation. That way you only have to make them up once and you’re ready to party all weekend. CHEERS!
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Recipe: Watermelon Kiwi Cocktail
- 1 Large Gold Kiwi (peeled and diced)
- 2/3 Cup Diced Watermelon
- 1 1/2 Ounces Orange Vodka
- Drizzle of Agave Nectar
- Splash of Lime Juice
- Toss the kiwi, watermelon and vodka into a cocktail shaker and muddle until everything has been broken down.
- Give the mixture a taste and add agave nectar and lime juice to taste. (This is going to vary depending on how sweet the fruit is that you are using.)
- Add ice to the shaker, cover and shake until you can’t hold the shaker any more because it’s just that cold.
- Add crushed ice to a rocks glass and strain kiwi cocktail over the ice.
- Garnish with a slice of kiwi.
I also inserted slices of kiwi fruit into the glass as another garnish.
To make a large batch of these do the math to get the right quantities. Add the kiwi and watermelon to your blender or food processor and buzz it to a pulp. Strain it into a serving pitcher then add the alcohol, sweetener and lime juice. Stir to combine. As you go to serve the drinks, pour the the cocktail into an ice filled shaker. Cover and shake until cold then strain into the glass and serve.
If you don’t want to use agave nectar, you could also use simple syrup instead.
Preparation time: 05 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 1
Culinary tradition: USA (General)