THUNDER BAY – LIVING – Our friends at Foodland Ontario have a great take to use Ontario fruit to make this delicious sparkling quencher.
Make this refreshing mocktail with sparkling water, or for a cocktail use sparkling white wine. The purée takes time to prepare, but once made and chilled, it’s quick to make a drink for a hot summer day.
Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Standing Time: 30 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
2 large Ontario Nectarines, pitted and chopped (about 2 cups/500 mL)
1/2 cup (125 mL) each granulated sugar and water
1 strip lemon peel (2- x 1-inch/5 x 2.5 cm)
1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh lemon juice
2 tsp (10 mL) grated fresh gingerroot
1/4 cup (50 mL) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed or orange liqueur
Chilled sparkling water or Ontario White Sparkling Wine
4 slices Ontario Nectarine
Sprigs of fresh Ontario Mint
In medium saucepan, combine nectarines, sugar and water. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer until fruit is very soft, about 10 minutes. Mash; add lemon peel, lemon juice and ginger. Cover and let stand for 30 minutes. Remove peel.
In blender, combine nectarine mixture and orange juice concentrate; blend until smooth. Press purée through fine sieve into measuring cup: cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
To serve, divide purée between four glasses. Top with sparkling water and stir to blend. Garnish with nectarine slice and mint.
PROTEIN: 1 gram
FAT: 0 grams
CARBOHYDRATE: 40 grams
FIBRE: 1 gram
SODIUM: 0 mg