Sweet Freedom: Spicy Yuzu and Kiwi
This was the first non-alcoholic craft beverage I came up with.
I was just beginning my alcohol-free journey. I knew I wanted to make something fruity with a kick, and was a little obsessed with yuzu after drinking hot yuzu tea in Japan. I had stumbled across this spicy yuzu hot sauce at Trader Joes that was both sweet and spicy.
One afternoon, I was standing in the kitchen, trying desperately to be creative, when I looked at our fruit bowl holding two kiwis. Kiwis are sweet and tangy, yuzu hot sauce is sweet and spicy. Oh my word, we're on to it!
I named this Sweet Freedom for two reasons:
- It was the kick off beverage to my alcohol-free life, and there is so much freedom in that.
- My good friend SJ is a fierce and fun Kiwi (as in she is a native New Zealander) and I'm so proud of how she is chasing her dreams.
Sweet Freedom (serves 2)
First, we make the puree
- 2 kiwi fruit, skinned and chopped into bite sized pieces
- 3 tbs. raw sugar
- 1/4 water
- 3 drops of Young Living Lemon Vitality Oil
- 3 drops of Young Living Orange Vitality Oil
In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients. Turn oven to high, and begin stirring. Once the fruit is heating up a bit, grab a potato masher and begin squishing the fruit. Keep stirring until the fruit thickens and big chunks are gone. Let cool.
- 1/2 tbs. Yuzu Hot Sauce from Trader Joes
- Sparkling water
- 4 oz of unsweetened pineapple juice.
- Lemon peel to garnish.
Into a shaker, pour half of the kiwi puree. Add ice and yuzu hot sauce. Pour in sparkling water and pineapple juice. Shake and serve with lemon peel.