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Cocktails: Champagne with Citrus Popsicles

Cocktails is a Tablecrafter series on updated versions of classic alcoholic drinks.


Some things must be appreciated in their original state, but there's no denying that brainstorming the various ways to reinvent a classic is much too fun to completely forgo. In this recipe, we take the definitive French 75 and add an interesting twist. The citrus element of the cocktail comes in the form of an intensely flavored popsicle. Light, effervescent, and refreshing, our variation on the libation easily reminds us of the best summer cocktails we've had. 

Champagne with Citrus Popsicles

Yield: 8 popsicles
Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes (5 min prep / 1 hr 30 min freezing)


Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. champagne
  • ⅓ cup gin
  • ¼ cup simple syrup
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice

Procedure:

  1. Combine all the ingredients except for the champage and pour into popsicle molds and leave about ¼ of an inch allowance.
  2. Freeze for about 1 hour and 30 minutes or until solid.
  3. Serve popsicles inside a glass and pour champagne over.

Are you enjoying our version of the French 75 cocktail? Share your thoughts with us, email us at hello@tablecrafter.com. We'd love to hear from you!

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Smoothie Sunday: Coconut Cashew Smoothie

Smoothie Sunday is a Tablecrafter series on creating flavorful blended beverages.


How do you find the middle ground between liquid sugar that masquerades as a smoothie and juiced vegetables that taste like a newly-mown lawn?

Meet your vitamin quota with help from this nutty, tropical smoothie: blend coconut, yogurt, honey, and cashews to create a smooth and nutritious pick-me-up.

Coconuts, commonly confused for a nut, are single-seeded drupes. Drupes contain an outer fleshy part that surrounds a shell, while its seeds nestle inside. Some of the more obvious examples include cherries, plums, and peaches—as are olives and almonds too.

Note that we're going to be using coconut milk, not coconut water. How are the two different? Coconut milk isn't even “milk,” in a sense. Coconut milk, made from blending coconut meat and water, boasts a richer and creamier viscosity and contains nearly 500 calories and 50 grams of fat in every cup. (In contrast, the liquid that you get when you crack open a coconut is the low-calorie coconut water.)

If you've raised a brow at its nutritional content, you'll be glad to know that new research reveals that not eating enough fat can actually make you fat. The good news is that the fat in coconut milk leans towards the healthy end of the spectrum, lowers cholesterol levels, and increases metabolism instead.

You can use dessicated coconut, which has a more concentrated taste, to add creaminess and a rich, tropical flavor. The garnish adds a granular texture from the dried and shredded coconut flakes, which pairs well with the smoothie's velvety consistency.

Coconut Cashew Smoothie

Yield: 1–2 servings
Time: 10 minutes


Ingredients:

SMOOTHIE

  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ⅓ cup cashews, toasted (or unsweetened cashew butter)
  • ⅓ cup ice cubes

Optional Garnish

  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup dessicated coconut
  • ¼ cup cashews, crushed

Procedure:

  1. Mix the desiccated coconut and crushed cashews. Spread them out on a shallow dish or tray.
  2. Pour out the ¼ cup of yogurt into a bowl. Gently dip the rim of the glass until the yogurt comes up about one centimeter over the edge.
  3. Dip the glass into the desiccated coconut mixture. The yogurt should be completely covered. Set aside.
  4. Put all the remaining ingredients in a blender. Blend until the mixture is completely smooth and no lumps remain. Pour into rimmed glasses and serve immediately.

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