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Here is something you’ve not had before, a unique creation from Casa de Campo’s own Beach Club by Le Cirque. Essentially it is a mojito made with Beach Grapes, otherwise known as Sea Grapes or Uvas de Playa. This refreshing and truly tropical concoction is the brain child of Massimo Caretta, Maitre’ D of the Beach Club by Le Cirque, who one inspired day decided to infuse this naturally growing fruit into a classic cocktail thereby inventing the Beach Berry Mojito or Uvajito as it is also referred to.
It’s worth noting that this cocktail is made with 100% natural and hand picked Beach Grapes, plucked directly from Minitas Beach, which means the season is incredibly short, only about a month or so. Thus, if you are in Casa de Campo between the August and September, you must make it a point to ask for this seductively sweet and sexy beverage
If your the more adventurous type and happen to come across a few Beach Grapes of your own (not from Minitas!), you can try to make your own, which is relatively simple and a great way to refresh a warm summer day.
To create your own Beach Berry Mojito, you’ll need:
- 1 part of your finest White Domincan Rum (Barcelo, Brugal or Atlantico will do quite nicely)
- 1 part Cranberry Juice
- 2 parts soda
- 2 spoons white sugar
- 1 spoon Beach Grape Juice
- 5 or 6 Mint Leaves
- Ice and serve
So take a moment out of your busy day of work, golf or relaxing to enjoy a beautiful sunset and a Beach Berry Mojito. After all, your in paradise and they are in season! And of course, let them know you read about it on Casa de Campo Living!
A little more about the Beach Grape / Sea Grape
The Seagrape (Coccoloba uvifera) is a sprawling bush or small tree that is found near sea beaches throughout tropical America and the Caribbean, including southern Florida, The Bahamas and Bermuda [and the Dominican Republic]. It reaches a maximum height of 8 metres, but most specimens are little more than 2 metres tall. It has large, round, leathery leaves (up to 25 centimetres (9.8 in) in diameter) with a primary vein that has a red color extending from the base, and the entire leaf turns red as it ages. The bark is smooth and yellowish. In late summer it bears purplish fruit, about 2 centimetres (0.79 in) in diameter, in large grape-like clusters. The fruit also contains a pit.
Source (and for additional information): Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coccoloba_uvifera)