The Final Frontier: Beet "Tom Collins" Martini

The Final Frontier Beet Tom Collins Martini

Looking for an "out of this world" craft cocktail? This Beet "Tom Collins" Martini transports your taste-buds to infinity and beyond! 

Capturing the "Tom Collins" classic ingredient profile, The Final Frontier is a delightful combination of Drizly's Tanqueray Gin, fresh grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and beet simple syrup. Beet simple syrup? What??? Yes! Deliciously sweet, subtly earthy, and vibrantly colorful, beet simple syrup is a fantastic replacement (and a dash healthier) for white sugar in cocktails and mocktails. For this cocktail, beet simple syrup pairs well with gin's botanical essence and the sweet yet tart citrus flavor. 

Thanks to the fabulously inventive internet-based alcohol delivery service, Drizly, you can have gin delivered to your front door without ever changing out of your pjs! Have you heard of Drizly? Known as the "Uber of liquor," Drizly delivers your favorite ingredients (wine, beer, liquor, etc.) to your home in about one hour or less. It may not be light speed, but delivery is super fast! Drizly is easily navigated online and its mobile app. Plus - this company continually demonstrates superb customer service and offers great product prices. Have you used Drizly? I would love to hear your experiences and cocktail adventures.

Not a gin fan? For a mocktail option, serve this drink sans gin for a refreshingly vibrant beet grapefruit juice. Like a Shirley Temple, this mixed drink has stunning presentation!

For more veggie-inspired cocktails, try a classic cocktail with an un"BEET"able twist: Pretty in Pink: Pickled Beet Dirty Martini

This post contains sponsored content brought to you by Drizly but all opinions are 100% our own. For further information please see our Disclaimer page.


INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 2 oz Tanqueray Gin (from Drizly) 
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 - 1/2 oz beet simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz tonic water (club soda for a sweeter taste)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add gin, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, tonic water (optional) and ice cubes to cocktail shaker. 
  2. Either drink on the rocks or strain into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Drizzle beet simple syrup into cocktail glass. 
  4. Garnish with fresh lemon slices
  5. Enjoy! 

Pretty in Pink: Pickled Beet Dirty Martini

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Veggies in cocktails? Absolutely! For veggie and cocktail enthusiasts (especially beet lovers) this is a dream come true. Beets are uniquely sweet, interestingly earthy, and vibrantly beautiful - the perfect addition to your favorite mixed drink.

I love crafting unique beet recipes, so when the fabulous people from Drizly contacted me inquiring about beet cocktails, of course I danced a jig and said, "Heck Yes"! Drizly, my new BFF, is an inventive internet based alcohol delivery service (known as the "Uber of liquor"), and yes, they do check ID! Have a hankering for some wine, beer, or spirits but don't want to leave the comforts of your home or pjs? Pull up Drizly online or use the app to order your favorite ingredients and have them delivered without ever leaving your house. If you live in one of Drizly's expansive delivery areas, you can have your purchases delivered to your home in about one hour or less. Pretty impressive, right? For this crafty cocktail, Drizly delivered Tito's Handmade Vodka, right to my door, and I never had to change out of my pjs.

Capturing the clean simple taste of a classic dirty martini, this "twist" contains a crisp and savory flavor with a subtle dash of sweet beet finish. Yum! Plus- this cocktail is magical. Yes, magical! Like the "horse of a different color" from The Wizard of Oz, this drink's hue continually transforms into various shades of pink and red after the addition of skewered red pickled beets

Pretty in Pink Pickled Beet Dirty Martini
pretty in pink pickled beet dirty martini
Pretty in Pink Pickled Beet Dirty Martini

Stay tuned for delicious un"beet"able veggie cocktails coming your way, and stop by Drizly for fabulous products delivered to your home. Would you try this Pretty in Pink Pickled Beet Dirty Martini? I would love to hear from you. Cheers! 


INGREDIENTS

*Download the Drizly app for delievery to your front door. 

**Use pink/white Chioggia Beets for a light pink beet brine and red beets for a dark red brine. This drink was made with Chioggia Beet brine and pickled red heart beets. If homemade pickled beets aren't your thing, use brine from purchased pickled beets. Note - store-bought pickled beet brine is often more salty, so adjust brine taste accordingly. 

    DIRECTIONS

    1. Add vodka, brine, and dry vermouth (optional) to a cocktail shaker with 3-4 ice cubes. 
    2. Either drink on the rocks or strain into a chilled martini glass.
    3. Garnish with pickled beets and fresh dill. 
    4. Enjoy! 

     

     This post contains sponsored content brought to you by Drizly. We received free product to review, but all opinions presented here are 100% our own. For further information please see our Disclaimer page.


    Beet Simple Syrup

    Beet Juice Simple Syrup for Cocktails and Food Coloring

    This is one un"Beet"able syrup, perfect for mixing in cocktails, as a topping for pancakes and waffles, and for D-I-Y natural red food coloring. You just can't beat the beet! 

    The red beet's gorgeous color and sweet flavor is a beautiful gift from mother nature. Although I am an advocate for low-sugar diets, simple syrups are often used in cocktails and mocktails, so it seems perfect for the beet to take center stage as a unique and vibrant addition to mixed drinks. Plus using beet juice instead of water in a simple syrup recipe improves nutrient content, provides a delicious taste, and serves as a great all-natural red food coloring. Beet juice simple syrup is great to have on hand when needing pink/red dye for cupcakes, extra pizzazz on your favorite pancakes, or as in ingredient in your next martini or mojito. The options are endless! 

    Try Beet Juice Simple Syrup for Do-It-Yourself Natural Red Food Coloring recipes and projects or in your favorite cocktail, such as The Final Frontier: Beet "Tom Collins" Martini. Bottoms up! 


    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 cup fresh beet juice*
    • 1/2 cup refined or cane sugar**

    *For a quick ready-to-drink juice option, use fresh beet juice from a local juice bar or from the market featuring brands such as Beet-It Juice or Love Beets Juice.

    **Beets contain natural sugars, so this simple syrup requires less sugar utilizing the beetroot's natural sweetness. For a sweeter syrup, use a 1:1 beet juice to sugar ratio. 

    DIRECTIONS

    1. Juice freshly washed and chopped red beetroots. If using a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix or BlendTec, beets may be blended rather than juiced. Strain any remaining pulp to create a smooth liquid.

    2. Over medium heat, combine sugar and beet juice. Stir until sugar is blended well. 

    3. Bring the ingredients to a boil and then remove from heat. Let sit at room temperature for at least 20 minutes. 

    4. When cooled, store syrup in a glass container in the fridge. This simple syrup will keep for a few weeks. To last longer, add a splash of vodka. 


    Beet, Citrus, and Ginger Sangria Mocktail

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    Cheers to independence, love, and delicious mocktails and cocktails! 

    Happy 4th of July, yall! Anyone else feeling incredibly grateful this beautiful day? My heart is filled with immense gratitude as I acknowledge and value the freedoms we enjoy. Today is July 4th, a day celebrating the independence of America. Yes - today is traditionally celebrated with family barbecues, picnics at the beach, patriotic themed everything, and an evening filled with fireworks (all of which I adore and appreciate), but combined with the traditional 4th of July events, there is something truly spectacular about the energy felt today as we celebrate freedom and love, especially when throughout the world, many people are not granted the same freedoms. Today and every day, I want to give a massive hug to the entire world! 

    This last weekend was a whirlwind of activities and work. The days seemed to fly by, and already Monday has arrived. Every day is a gift, and sometimes with the busyness of life, it's easy to lose sight of the magic of each day. Throughout the weekend's chaos, I spent time valuing the little moments in my life, such as feeling the ocean air caress my face, sitting on the patio listening to the birds and wind-swept branches of the trees, and candle-lit outdoor evening conversations with the hubby . . . just being present and loving each moment. This weekend also prompted some time in the kitchen, creating delicious foods and drinks, another activity that I feel blessed to experience. Food is life-giving, and I value its presence in my life. 

    During the warm summer months, I adore chilled juice mocktails as well as homemade sangria, so over the weekend I made both. Red Sangria was created with cabernet, ginger beer (despite the name, it is non-alcoholic), fresh-squeezed orange juice, a dash of lime, and heaps of fruit (apples, peaches, raspberries, and blueberries). For the Beet, Citrus, and Ginger Sangria Mocktail, I use beet juice, ginger beer (it is non-alcoholic), orange juice, apple juice, a dash of lime, and fresh apples, peaches, raspberries, and blueberries. 

    Mocktails (cocktail-like juices made without alcohol) are delicious and festive, great for children, pregnant women, and all non-alcohol enthusiasts. Plus - this mocktail is so delightfully tasty, it has turned into one of my go-to juices for warm summer afternoons. 

    Happy day to all! I wish you love, joy, and independence to create your beautiful reality every day. How are you spending 4th of July? 


    INGREDIENTS (makes 3-4 full mason jars)

    • 2 cups beet juice*
    • 1 cup orange or pineapple juice
    • 1 cup apple juice
    • 2 cups ginger beer or ginger ale
    • 1 lime
    • 2 cups chopped fruit (peaches, apples, raspberries, blueberries, etc.)
    • 1/4 cup agave or a dash of stevia (optional)**

    * For a quick mocktail or if a juicer isn't handy, use cold-pressed beet juice (Like Love Beets, etc.). You may also use store-bought orange juice and apple juice (preferably 100% juice without added sugar). 

    DIRECTIONS

    1. If making fresh juice, juice raw beets, orange, and apple. Divide juice evenly among 3-4 mason jars. 

    2. Add 1/2 cup ginger beer or ale to each mason jar.

    3. Squeeze fresh lime juice into each jar. 

    4. Mix. Add chopped fruit. Stir. 

    5. Allow to marinate, chilled for at least 30 minutes or overnight, or serve over ice. 

    6. Enjoy!