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Garden Refreshers: the Shelter Island Run and summer beverage ideas

June 21st, 2014 · No Comments · Brunch, Cocktail, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dietary Restrictions, Drinks & Cocktails, Entertaining, Events, Holiday, Long Island Wine, Low-Calorie, Lunch, North Fork, Summer, Summer Recipes, Wine

Summer is now officially here, and the North Fork is bursting at the seams with visitors enjoying the vineyards, beaches, and other summer activities–like the Shelter Island Run, a 10k marathon that celebrates it’s 35th anniversary this year.

Vitatini mocktail on the Cuvee terrace

It promises to be an exciting event, with guest runners such as Olympian Meb Keflezighi, who won the Boston Marathon. The Shelter Island Run benefits several local charities, including East End Hospice, the Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch, and the Shelter Island Run Community Fund, which benefits scholarship funds, youth programs, and historical and environmental preservation projects on Shelter Island.

In honor of summer and the effort of those running on Shelter Island today, we’ll be offering a free “Vitatini” mocktail to anyone who participated in the marathon today. Bring in your race registration and enjoy your complimentary beverage in the relaxed atmosphere of our bar, or out on the sunny terrace, and whether you ran in the marathon or not, give this super refreshing mocktail recipe a try at home. With cool cucumber and tart verjus, it’s the perfect thing to replenish the electrolytes–whether it be after a long run, or a long session of wine tasting.

Makes one mocktail.

2 1/2 ounces Wolffer Estate Verjus
two slices of English cucumber
juice of a quartered lime
touch of agave nectar, to taste
and your favorite sparking water

In a glass, muddle the cucumber slices with the lime juice and agave nectar. Add the verjus to the muddled liquid, then fill the glass with ice and shake well. Top with sparkling water, garnish with a wedge of cucumber, and enjoy in the sun!

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