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

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

    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

Lansing isn't just the capital of Michigan, but it’s also the central hub for the entire state—literally; it’s located within 90 minutes of 90 percent of the state’s population, making it both eventful and accessible for groups located throughout the state.

 

Where it all began—the heart of the exotic cocktail as enjoyed for centuries in Jamaica. One of sour (lime juice), two of sweet (demerara sugar), three of strong (fine Jamaican rum), four of weak (some ice). Plus five of spice to make it nice (allspice and bitters).

In a cocktail shaker combine the following ingredients:

• 1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice

• 3/4 oz. Demerara simple syrup*

• 1/4 oz. St. Elizabeth's Allspice Dram

• 3 oz. Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rare Blend

• 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

DIRECTIONS:

 

Historic river city and its many legends are ready to host and entertain.