Artisan Citrus Juicer

Agave nectar has a wonderful flavor and can be used in cocktails and drinks that call for simple syrup (blend of sugar and water). It is said to be 1 1/2 times sweeter than sugar and it can be used in almost any cocktail that calls for simple syrup. The recipe needs to be adapted to make up for that additional sweetness. It is usually best to cut the amount of syrup by 1/2 to 1/4 of that suggested when using agave nectar.

There are many varieties of oranges but the juiciest are Valencia with their thin skin and very few seeds. Navel oranges are recognized by the tell-tale ‘second’ fruit on the base, which look just like a navel. These are winter citrus and are considered one of the best tasting. Fresh is best with oranges so use within 30 minutes of squeezing to get the very best flavor.

Lime juice is best aged for several hours before using, and grapefruit can be aged for 1 to 3 days and still be at its best.

MARGARITA

2oz fresh squeezed lime juice

2oz good quality tequila

1oz agave syrup or triple sec

 

Shake over ice or blend with ice cubes for a delicious frozen treat. Dampen the glass rim with a lime wedge and dip in a blend of salt, sugar and a pinch of chili powder (optional).

For a lighter version, add 2oz of soda water.

 

MOJITO

sprigs of fresh mint

1oz of fresh squeezed lime juice

2oz good quality white rum

½oz agave syrup

2oz club soda

 

In a shaker lightly muddle 8 mint leaves with agave syrup, add lime juice and rum, fill with ice and shake well. Pour into a highball glass and top with club soda and garnish with a sprig of mint.

 

VIRGIN CITRUS SPRITZ

1oz fresh lemon juice

2oz fresh orange juice

½oz agave syrup

3oz soda water or ginger ale

 

Garnish with strawberries or mint.

 

Mimosas

2oz fresh squeezed orange juice
2oz prosecco
orange zest or sprig of mint or sprig of fresh thyme

 

RECIPES

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