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Melon Kiwi-Tini

Kiwi is the Kiefer Sutherland of fruits — diminutive yet powerful (what, you didn’t know that Jack Bauer is only 5’8″?). A Rutgers study labeled it one of the most nutrient-dense fruits. While a fraction of the size of an orange, a single kiwi has as much vitamin C and fiber and is among the few low-fat sources of vitamin E (10 percent of the RDA) — all for about 50 calories. Melngailis paired the kick-ass kiwi with the equally sweet honeydew melon, which gives this drink a thick, creamy texture. Bonus: She swears that sake staves off the next-day hangover.

1/2 ripe honeydew melon, flesh only
2 kiwis, peeled
1 oz lime juice
1 oz agave nectar (more to taste)
4 oz sake

Dice fruit. Puree all ingredients in blender on high speed until completely smooth. Add agave nectar as needed, toss in large handful of ice, and blend again until smooth. Divide between 2 large martini glasses and garnish with mint or thin slice of peeled kiwi. Makes 2 servings.

Recipe provided by Women’s Health Magazine

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Blackberry Sunset

Blackberries fare a lot better under the influence than the intern at the company picnic. A recent study found that adding ethanol — the type of alcohol found in vodka — to blackberries and strawberries boosts their antioxidant levels. This recipe gets an extra dose of vitamins from the juice of yuzu ($12,chefsresource.com), a citrus fruit popular in Korea and Japan that’s high in vitamin C and antioxidants.

1 medium handful of blackberries, muddled
2 oz yuzu juice
1 oz lime juice
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz agave nectar
3 oz vodka (or sake) Prosecco (or sparkling white wine) to taste

Divide muddled berries between 2 tall glasses. Fill glasses to rim with ice. Combine next 5 ingredients and pour over ice. Top with splash of Prosecco. Makes 2 servings.

Recipe provided by: Women’s Health Magazine

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White Wine Sangria Cocktail Recipe

1 green apple
1 pear
1 orange
1 c pineapple
1 plum
1 c watermelon
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp agave nectar ($7,blueagavenectar.com)
1 bottle sauvignon blanc (Melngailis recommends St. Clair biodynamic white wines; $16, primovino.net.)

Dice fruit. Add all ingredients to wine in pitcher or punch bowl. Fill wine glasses with ice and pour. Garnish with orange slices. Makes 6 servings.

Recipe provided by:  Women’s Health Magazine

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