The Sun Drinks ~ Sarah Stierch

Sarah Stierch Sarah Stierch is the Food + Drink Editor of the Sun (with occasional visits to other areas of the paper). Stierch has eaten, drunk, and written her way through 13 countries and the hottest food trends and communities in the USA. She's also a racing and travel geek, venturing beyond food/booze to cover subjects that connect to Sonoma Valley, such as IndyCar racing and other wine making regions. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, the Independent, Salon, Gawker, Smithsonian and on National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Drink up: Stolen Fruit Cocktail Mixer

Posted on August 29, 2016 by Sarah Stierch
Stolen Fruit Cocktail Mixers
Stolen Fruit Cocktail Mixers (Photo: Sarah Stierch)

Fresh cocktail mixers have been growing in popularity in recent years, with bartenders and patrons seeking the freshest and most unique blends of fruit, herbs and seasoning for their cocktails.

Sonoma County created Stolen Fruit Cocktail Mixer aims to satisfy the palette and inspire cocktail creativity with their collection of five non-alcoholic cocktail mixers.

What sets Stolen Fruit apart? It’s the wine. Each Stolen Fruit Cocktail Mixer uses Sonoma County wine grapes to create a unique flavor. They were created by Chef Peter Brown (of Jimtown Store fame) and Dry Creek-based vintners Doug and Susan Provisor.

Flavors include: Hibiscus Grenache, Blood Orange Muscat, and Lemongrass Ginger Sauvignon Blanc.

Each flavor is mixed with wine juice concentrate, verjus (pressed juice of unripened grapes), herbs, fruits and oils to create powerfully flavored mixers perfect for a simple mocktail with sparkling water on ice, or to mix with your favorite booze base.

We recently popped in Maya Restaurant to surprise the staff with these mixers and see what type of creative cocktails they could come up with, here are our two favorites, created by Hector Maldonado.

Ask for them by name at Maya (101 E. Napa St., Sonoma; 935-3500, mayarestaurant.com) or make them at home yourself! Check out stolenfruit.com to learn more.

Stolen Fruit Arabian Whisper
Stolen Fruit Arabian Whisper

Stolen Fruit Arabian Whisper

Hits of cinnamon and clove in the Hibiscus Grenache, combined with a touch of smokey Mezcal, makes for an exotic cocktail.

  • 1 oz Blanco Tequila
  • 1 oz Pomegranate Juice
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz. Stolen Fruit Hibiscus Grenache
  • 1/2 oz Mezcal

Shake all three in an ice filled shaker and strain, top with lemon or lime peel.

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Stolen Fruit Saigon Smash

A fun and flirty bubbles-based cocktail, you’ll want to drink it poolside.

  • 1 oz. Reposado Chinaco Tequila
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • 1/4 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Stolen Fruit Lemongrass Ginger Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1/2 oz Perfect Puree Strawberry
  • 2 oz Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs

Combine the tequila, lemon juice, simple syrup, Compari and Stolen Fruit mixer in a Champagne glass. Stir. Add strawberry puree. Stir. Top with Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs and a strawberry.

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