Fruit is a popular food that you will find just about anywhere and everywhere you go. Each country has their own varieties, and some can be found in several different places. But what is universal is how diverse fruit really is.
While fruit is wonderful eaten as is, it can be used as in ingredient in both sweet and savory foods. Its juices are a healthy thirst quencher and also an addition to lotions and makeup products. Fruit extracts make for a perfect air freshener. Etc., etc., etc.!
Fruit can be found whole, canned, sliced, in juice form, and as a sauce, just to name a few. Some of the most popular places to find fruit is at a local farmerís market, supermarket, or even in your own backyard. But, one of the most popular places where fruit is a staple is at the bar.
Fruit is a main ingredient in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Whole, chunked, sliced, pureed, or juicedóthe possibilities are practically endless!
Add sliced strawberries to rum, lime juice, ice cubes and sugar. Blend them together and youíll have a perfect strawberry daiquiri that can cool off even the hottest summer day.
Pineapple juice, rum, and cream of coconut combine to make a pina colada. Make it even better by garnishing with a maraschino cherry and a slice of pineapple.
One of the most popular drinks ordered at bars and restaurants in the appletini. To create an appletini combine vodka with your choice of apple liqueur, apple juice or apple cider. Stir or shake it with sweet and sour mix, strain the drink into a martini glass, and youíll be ready to serve a drink that both men and women love.
A great crowd pleaser is Sangria. Wine, your favorite spirit, sugar, and slice/chopped fruit combine to create this favorite.
Turn brunch into a truly elegant affair by adding the Bellini to the menu. Created by combining Champagne and peach juice/puree, this drink is simple to make and quite chic to serve.
Want to keep it simple? An ice cold Corona is made even better by adding a slice of lime.
But, the uses for fruit at the bar donít stop there.
Nothing makes a glass look nicer than a slice of fruit as a garnish. A thin slice placed on the glassís rim or set to float in the drink take it from ordinary to extraordinary. Not only that, but it can also help to identify just what type of drink is being served.
Use the juice from a slice of fruit to help rim a glass. For instance, rub a slice of lime around a glassís rim, dip the rim in salt, and you have a perfectly rimmed glass ready to be filled with a margarita.
Place chunks of fruit in an ice cube tray, top with water or fruit juice, and freeze for ice cubes that not only cool off a drink, but make it look awesome.