• Signature Drink: Fustini’s Ruby Red Grapefruit Salty Dog

     
    POSTED March 8, 2018
     

    It’s spring and time for something unusual at your next event.

How about pairing your favorite beverage with a little vinegar?

“You can mix almost anything in your drink recipes with specialty balsamic vinegars,” says Andy Stewart, corporate chef for the Traverse-City based Fustini’s Oils and Vinegars shops. (See page 10 for more event options.)

“The possibilities are endless. How about lemonade with our Sicilian Lemon balsamic vinegar and sparkling water? It’s a nice treat. Or maybe a Moscow Mule with ginger and honey balsamic or an Appletini with white apple balsamic vinegar? We like Bloody Marys with a teaspoon of our Cayenne Crush Chili oil or a Traverse City Cherry Fizz with our TC Cherry vinegar,” he says.

You get the picture. It’s unexpected and quite tasty. Open your taste buds with this Up North company’s spring treat. 

INGREDIENTS
—2 slices Ruby Red grapefruit
—2 oz. Ruby Red grapefruit juice
— 1 teaspoon Fustini’s Grapefruit Balsamic Vinegar
—2 oz. vodka (your choice!)
—salt
—ice

DIRECTIONS
Smear rim of a highball or margarita glass with one of the grapefruit slices. Spread salt on fl at surface and press rim of glass into salt. Fill glass with ice. Pour grapefruit juice, Fustini’s Grapefruit Balsamic Vinegar and vodka into the glass and stir. Garnish with the other grapefruit slice and serve

Courtesy of Fustini's in Traverse City

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