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The Cloud 9, a tropical elixir to chase away the rainy April days, features locally-based Mixicles frozen botanical mixers. Photo: Twin Spire Photography
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Sip Spotlight: Cloud 9

They say April showers bring May flowers — and that patience is a virtue — but we’re tired of these relentlessly cold, gray, and wet days. So we're chasing them away with this tropical elixir.

The strawberry preserves in this recipe are the key to creating a dreamy foam topper. And the ginger beer provides a tart, slightly spicy finish. For this cocktail, we love using Q Tropical Ginger Beer, which is made with real ginger, agave, mango, passion fruit, and pineapple.

Spring break may be over, but you can still take your taste buds on vacation with this sipper!

Orange Blossom Passion Fruit Mixicles are available at Kroger stores throughout the Midwest. You can also find them in our Distinctive Collection available online, as well as at select retailers in the Greater Cincinnati and Columbus areas.

CLOUD 9

Ingredients:

  • 2 Orange Blossom Passion Fruit Mixicles cubes
  • 1/2 tbsp. strawberry preserves
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1 1/2 to 2 oz. ginger beer

How to Mix:

Add one Orange Blossom Passion Fruit Mixicles cube, strawberry preserves, pineapple juice, and vodka to a shaker. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 15 seconds to develop foam. Pour contents into a highball glass and top with ginger beer. Add one more Orange Blossom Passion Fruit cube and garnish with fresh or dehydrated strawberry slices, orange wheel, and/or pineapple wedge.

Jen Morales is the co-founder of Cincinnati-based Mixicles, an all-natural, frozen, non-alcoholic botanical mixer that can be popped into any liquor, wine, champagne, etc for an instant cocktail. They can even used as a natural foundation for distinctive zero-proof drinks and smoothies. Learn more at www.mixicles.com.

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