Woo hoo, it’s cocktail time! This is the first spirited libation to grace this corner of the internet, and hopefully not the last. It’s just that cocktails intimidate me a little bit. Ok, a lot bit. It seems like this whole other world that has its own language and culture and fancy people and I just don’t fit in. So, we’re going to dip a (clean) toe into the wide world of mixology together today, ok? And boy do I have a trick up my sleeve to help.
I’m all about DIY when it comes to making kitchen staples (you can see some examples of that here), but seeing as how I’m a cocktail newbie, I need things to be simple. Luckily, my blogger buddy Raquel introduced me to a wonderful brand of cocktail mixers that she found at her local farmer’s market in California. Would I be interested in trying some flavors? Why yes, yes I would! And so it was that a box arrived at my house with two full bottles of YES Beverages cocktail mixers, in the Grapefruit Thyme and Blueberry Basil flavors that I picked out to try. The label alone got me excited to get mixing. Here’s what I came up with for my first cocktail recipe. 🙂
When I started thinking about what I could do with the Grapefruit Thyme mixer, it didn’t take me long to decide that turmeric needed to be involved. I mean, turmeric is SO HOT right now. I wouldn’t be a food blogger if I didn’t pay attention to stuff like that, right? Seriously, though, I do love it and use it for all of its detoxifying and antioxidant powers, and this won’t be the last time it makes an appearance here. And then as for what to mix the mixer with, I opted for a citrusy prosecco, because it’s just on the edge of being fancy, and that’s about all I could handle. And then I went and put it all in a mason jar. Could I be any more cliché? I don’t care. I love mason jars and I probably always will. Anyway…let’s make this thing.
In a wide mouth quart size mason jar, mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric with 3/4 cup of the Grapefruit Thyme cocktail mixer. If you want to amp up the fresh flavor even more, add the juice of one grapefruit and a few sprigs of fresh thyme, add cup or two of ice, top it with a lid, and shake shake shake.
Fill two pint size wide mouth mason jars with a cup of ice each, and then strain the mixture evenly into each jar. To strain, use a fine mesh strainer over a funnel, or even better, a sprouting lid (if you grow sprouts at home, you’ll already have one!).
Top off each jar with some prosecco or sparkling water, and voilà! You have yourself an almost-fancy mason jar filled with a sweet-tart bubbly mix of summer! The turmeric really does give it that sunny color, doesn’t it? Vida would say it’s her daddy’s favorite color, Sunset Orange. 🙂
Grapefruit Thyme Turmeric Sparkler
- 3/4 cup YES Artisan Beverages Grapefruit Thyme Cocktail Mixer
- 8 ounces prosecco or other sparkling wine of your choice (such as Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco)
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 4 cups ice (divided)
- Optional: 1 fresh grapefruit (juiced, and several sprigs of thyme for garnish)
- In a quart size mason jar or similar container, stir or shake together the cocktail mixer, turmeric, and ice, along with the grapefruit juice and theme, if using.
- Strain over 1 cup of ice in a pint sized wide mouth mason jar or similar size glass.
- Top with each jar with prosecco, stir, and garnish with a slice of grapefruit and sprig of thyme. Note that the turmeric may settle to the bottom over time, this is expected.
Make it a mocktail!!
- Swap out the prosecco for a citrus-flavored sparkling water, such as Grapefruit LaCroix Sparkling Water.