Friday, May 8, 2015

Lemon Lime Raspberry Twist is you Spring Brunch Delight!

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This spring, join Nielsen-Massey Vanillas as we raise a toast to the return of warmer weather with a refreshing, fruity cocktail recipe. Whether at a Mother’s Day brunch, a Belmont Race Day brunch, an outdoor dinner party or a graduation celebration, spring cocktails are a delicious way to bring the gathering together. 

I don't know about you, but as much as I love mimosas, they get old after a while and you want something that refreshes just as well, but has a twist. This recipe from Nielsen-Massey just screams NOLA to me- it's lemon syrup mixed with raspberries is reminiscent of snowballs and adding vodka to it brings to mind hurricane drinks! 

nielsen massey tahoitian vanilla

Nielsen-Massey Tahititan Vanilla has a fruity cherry like essence to it, making it perfect for drink syrups, sweet tea syrup and even the aforementioned snowball syrups! It is really a 'sweet' dessert vanilla, and will remind you of Summer, whereas the Bourbon Vanilla is more Fall/Winter. I love having different vanillas for different times of the year! We've been using it for all sorts of fruit based desserts, and it really elevates your recipes to a new level!

So be sure to check out this perfect brunch recipe, and remember the Lemon syrup can be used for baking, snowballs, popsicles, iced teas and more! 


Lemon Lime Raspberry Twist


Lemon-Vanilla Simple Syrup 
(½ Cup)
Ingredients
¾ cup water
½ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Lemon Extract 
½ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract
Directions
In a small saucepan, add water, sugar and lemon extract; stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until syrup reduces, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat. After syrup has cooled, add vanilla extract and stir. Refrigerate unused syrup in an airtight container. 

Lemon Lime Raspberry Twist (Serves 1)
Ingredients
6 fresh raspberries
½ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce Lemon-Vanilla Simple Syrup
1 ounce vodka
2 ounces organic lemon sparkling water
lime twist
2 frozen raspberries
orange wedge
Directions
In a cocktail shaker, muddle fresh raspberries, lime juice and Lemon-Vanilla Simple Syrup. Add vodka and sparkling water; shake and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Drop lime twist and frozen raspberries into glass. Top with a freshly squeezed orange wedge. 


About Nielsen-Massey Vanillas 

Throughout its more than 100 year history, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has earned its reputation as a manufacturer of the finest extracts in the world. The full line of Nielsen-Massey’s Pure Vanilla products include: Vanilla Beans and Extracts from Madagascar, Tahiti and Mexico; sugar and alcohol-free Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar, Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Beans.All Nielsen-Massey products are All-Natural, Allergen-Free, and certified Kosher and Gluten-Free. The company is headquartered in Waukegan, Illinois, with production facilities in Waukegan and Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Check out the Nielsen-Massey Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NielsenMasseyVanillas and Twitter page, https://twitter.com/NielsenMassey.for more info.

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