I recently hosted a party at a favorite New York City restaurant, Rouge Tomate. I seek inspiration from my favorite restaurants and this Michelin-rated Modern-American eatery (it uses locally-grown organic foods) provides plenty of ideas.
I am particularly fond of their fresh juices. Their drink combinations are quite unique -- dill and cucumber; and green tea, agave syrup, and mint to mention just a couple. Plus, they're equal parts pretty, delicious, and nutritious. So when a couple were seeking a healthy start to their wedding dinner, I knew just the thing -- a fresh juice bar! The bar works perfectly with or without alcohol. For a little taste, try this recipe (below), courtesy of Rouge Tomate.
The Passion Mate
8 tablespoons Yerba Mate tea (a South American plant)
1 1/2 ounces passionfruit juice
1/2 ounces fresh lemon juice
add agave syrup to taste
Directions: First, bring 4 cups of hot water to a boil. Remove from heat. Add 8 tablespoons of tea. Let it sit for 5 minutes, and then add 4 cups of cold water. Let it sit for another 20 minutes. Then, strain the tea-infused liquid. Take 4 ounces of that, and add it to the passionfruit juice, lemon juice, and agave mixture. Pour it into a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour it into a highball glass, and add some fresh blueberries or huckleberries as a garnish.
Spike option: This drink goes well with tequila. (If you're feeling extra adventurous, try a habanero-infused tequila for an extra kick!)