Ruby New Years Cocktail

I used to be quite the cocktail drinker.  And I admit, I was pretty good at creating drinks, balancing flavors, and it was fun!  I felt like an artist, with my glass as a blank palate.  I have since given up alcohol, but that does not stop me from making a cocktail well...mocktail I guess you would call it.  This week I made one fit for New Years Eve, which I call the Ruby.

Sparkling citrus with beet infused vanilla bean syrup, and a dash of rosewater.  The beets made it a lovely color.  This was just as good as my boozy cocktails I used to make if not better.  The best part is, I do not feel yucky after drinking it, and can enjoy the night.  Although if you make this and would like to add a little alcohol, you can in place of the sparking water.  Champagne would actually be wonderful in place of it.  However you enjoy it, you will feel festive while drinking this gem!

I cannot believe 2013 is drawing to a close.  All in all, it was a good year.  Personally and recipe wise for me and the creations I share with you all.  I feel that I am finally developing an understanding of what works and what does not work in raw desserts and foods after a year and a half of being raw.  Although I will never stop learning and sharing my new discoveries with you.  I also want to thank all of you that visit me here frequently and share with me when you make my recipes.  I love that, and it makes me so happy to see you enjoying the food as well!  I wish you all a Happy New Year!

Ruby New Years Cocktail
(citrus rose cocktail)

Vanilla Beet Syrup:
1 vanilla bean, slit lengthwise to expose beans
1 chunk raw red beet
1/4 cup raw coconut nectar or maple syrup
1/4 cup filtered water

2 Tbsp syrup
1/4 cup fresh tangerine juice
2 Tbsp lemon juice
a dash rosewater
sparkling water

citrus zest for garnish

For the syrup, combine all ingredients in a jar, place the lid on, and shake.  Let sit for at least 3 days in the fridge, shaking daily (you will have extra after making the drink, and it stores well for weeks in the fridge).
For the drink, combine all ingredients except the sparking water in a martini shaker with a few ice cubes, place the lid on and shake.  Strain into a martini glass, and top off with the sparking water.  garnish with citrus zest.  Enjoy!

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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

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