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A Dozen Kiwis? Make A Drink

Posted by terrepruitt on September 9, 2020

My husband is the plant man at the office. He takes care of the plants. People bring him dead plants (to which he says, “It’s not dead.”) and he brings them back to life. Well, the shelter-in-place started somewhat abruptly and while there was someone there to water the plants, he is not the “Plantman” so my husband wanted to bring home any that have survived this long. So he went into the office the other day and somehow ended up with a dozen kiwis. I know they were from someone in the office, but I didn’t get the story as to how my husband got them. Since no one is supposed to be in the office I believe when someone is going to go in for something they notify the boss or office manager so that everyone else can stay clear, so perhaps they were left there for him as his visit was somewhat scheduled. ANYWAY . . . . a dozen kiwis. My husband LOVES kiwis. I guess I like them but I don’t like to deal with them. The fuzz . . .no thanks. These were non-fuzzy as I ended up eating the skin (just on the very thin slice that was my drink’s garnish).

Anyway . . . I cannot tell you how it came up . . . but it did and now I have a new favorite drink. My husband is a very good bartender as he does a lot of research and “figuring” before he makes a drink. Of course, when one is creating a drink with ingredients on hand and recipes pieced together the first one isn’t always great. But he works to perfect. These ones . . . the very first ones . . . were great!

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Here is my husbands’ Kiwi-Tini recipe. He thinks of it as a kiwi-martini-daiquiri and wants to call it a KMD. The fruit isn’t frozen and it is not slushy, so . . . I don’t know. I’m posting it as a:

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Kiwi-Tini

Two martini glasses
Muddler and something to muddle in
Drink shaker
Additional strainer
2 kiwis
2 teaspoons of maple syrup
4 ounces of vodka
Ice
Sugar
spoon

Skin the kiwis. Slice the kiwis – save two slices (for garnish) . . . then chop the remaining kiwi slices. Muddle the kiwis. Use some of the kiwi juice to wet the rims of the glasses. Dip the rims in sugar. Put the vodka, maple syrup, muddle kiwis, and a few cubes of ice in drink shaker. Shake the shaker mixing up all the ingredients.

Then using the strainer that is in the shaker (ours has a strainer) pour equal amount of liquid in each glass.  As all the muddled kiwi will clog this strainer use an additional strainer to strain as you pour the rest of the liquid (equally) into each glass. You are using strainers to keep the kiwi from plopping in the glass. Also not letting the kiwi just plop will allow you to distribute it evenly between the two glasses. Use a spoon to fish out the ice cubes and then to evenly distribute the muddled kiwi into each glass. Garnish with the slices you saved early.

Enjoy.

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This is a very refreshing drink. The day he made them we had record breaking heat so it was soooooo perfect. The kiwis are a bit tart and pair perfectly with the syrup and sugar. I think if I were using simple syrup I would start out with less as it will just add sweet and not any rich flavor.  But, that is just my sense, I don’t know because we have just been using maple syrup when things call for simple syrup.

As I mentioned, these kiwis were not fuzzy.  I thought my husband had washed the fuzz off, but he did not.  He also did not peel the kiwis we used as garnish (can you see?) . . . that is how I ended up eating the skin.  It was so thin, I thought I would try it.

So, doesn’t this sound delicious?  Let me know what you think after you try it!

6 Responses to “A Dozen Kiwis? Make A Drink”

  1. Sheree said

    My husband is also officer in charge of drinks. I haven’t seen any kiwi fruit in the shops, I wonder if it would work with another fruit?
    PS Sadly, my hubby can’t revive plants though he’s excellent at killing them off.

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  2. looks lovely!!

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  3. You wouldn’t expect the skins to taste good but you don’t really notice them.

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