Sweet Freedom: Spicy Yuzu and Kiwi

This was the first non-alcoholic craft beverage I came up with.

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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: 

  1. It was the kick off beverage to my alcohol-free life, and there is so much freedom in that.
  2. 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

Kiwi Puree 

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.

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.

    Bottoms up!

    Samantha Bossalini