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What’s Hot: VeeV Açai Spirit

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image002The açai (ah-sigh-ee) berry, which grows in the rain forest, has become super trendy as one of the new superfoods. It’s said to provide tremendous energy in addition to offering a high content of antioxidants, monounsaturated (healthy) fats, and fiber in addition to having a tart flavor that’s as agreeable as pomegranate juice.

You can find the pulp in the frozen fruit section of your local supermarket or buy it in fruit drinks. You can even find it in a new liquor, VeeV (veef) Açai Spirit, now on shelves at Gabriel’s liquor stores as well as the Hotel Valencia and Lux Lounge.

VeeV is distilled from Idaho grains and infused with açai. It’s used in a number of mixed drinks, ideas of which can be found at www.veevlife.com. You can also post your own cocktail ideas on the site.

The creators of the drink are donating $1 from the sale each bottle to the Sustainable Açai Project, which ensures responsible harvesting of açai fruit.

vCran-Açai Crush

2 ounces Veev Açai Spirit
1.5 ounces cranberry juice
Splash of peach liqueur
Champagne

Shake Veev Açai Spirit, cranberry juice and peach liqueur well with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with Champagne.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From VeeV Açai Spirit

Joie de VeeV

1 large slice ginger, diced
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
1/5 ounce VeeV Açai Spirit
3/4 ounce orange liqueur
1 crystallized ginger slice, for garnish

Muddle diced ginger, lemon juice and simple syrup in the bottom of a bar glass. Add Veev, orange liqueur and shake well with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the crystallized ginger slice.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From VeeV Açai Spirit

Açai Martini

3 ounces VeeV Açai Spirit
1/4 ounce dry vermouth
Dash of orange bitters
Lemon twist for garnish

Shake VeeV, vermouth and orange bitters with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the lemon twist.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From VeeV Açai Spirit

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