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Beach Berry Mojito – A limited time Beach Club by Le Cirque specialty

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img_8087Here 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.

Beach Grape Mojito

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
Place mint leaves and Beach Grape Juice in bottom of glass. Add crushed ice, fine White Dominican Rum, sugar and muddle. Add soda water and garnish with mint leaves. Vioala!

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)

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