Saturday, November 16, 2013

Tropical Garnet Cocktail or Mocktail - Virtual Vegan Potluck November 2013


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Aaaargh! I'm totally kicking myself right now!!! After all the effort and time Annie and the VVP gang has put into coordinating The Virtual Vegan Potluck, I totally screwed up and got my date wrong. I forgot that the post had to go live this morning at 9:31 a.m. my time and kept thinking it has to go up tomorrow. Now I see all these VVP post links being shared online and I'm feeling so guilty!

Thankfully, I have my recipe created and pictures clicked already, so even though my post is going up at the wrong time, I'm hoping it's not too terribly late since it's still early in the potluck day for most people.

Tropical Garnet Cocktail or Mocktail - Virtual Vegan Potluck November 2013

This the the 3rd time I'm participating in the VVP. My first two posts were Hot Spiced Cashew-Sesame Mylk Chai and Rice Mylk Majjige. They were both beverages and this one is too. I believe beverages will be my forever VVP tradition. That is, if I don't get banned from participating in the next round. :P

Seriously, I'm really really sorry Annie. :(

Ok, without further delay, here goes my recipe for Tropical Garnet Cocktail or Mocktail

Tropical Garnet Cocktail or Mocktail - Virtual Vegan Potluck November 2013

The only difference between the Cocktail and Mocktail is the booze. One has the awesomeness of Coconut Malibu in it and the other just skips it (but is awesome nonetheless).

For the Tropical Garnet Base Mix:
2 Beets - scrubbed well and washed
1 C Coconut Mylk
1 C Seltzer Water (Plain Drinking Soda)

* Cut off both the ends of the beets but don't peel them
* Chop them up roughly and grind in a blender jar until they're as fine as possible
* Add coconut mylk and blend well
* Add seltzer and pulse a few times to let the coconut and beet flavours get infused into each other
* Transfer to an airtight jar and store in the fridge

Tropical Garnet Cocktail or Mocktail - Virtual Vegan Potluck November 2013

For the Cocktail/Mocktail:
Garnet Base Mix
Coconut Malibu (only for cocktail)
Seltzer Water

* Put a few spoonfuls of the garnet base mix in a glass
* Add a splash of the Coconut Malibu (if using)
* Pour seltzer water over everything
* Enjoy your fizzy cocktail/mocktail! :)

Tropical Garnet Cocktail or Mocktail - Virtual Vegan Potluck November 2013

The VVP is an event where various blogs from the world participate and share a recipe at the same time. Each blog is linked to the next to form a circle, like a warm, delicious hug. :) You can find the whole list of participating blogs at the host site, Vegan Bloggers Unite.

The blog before mine shares a delicious beverage - Chocolate Protein Tonic from The Veggie Nook (do note that the honey mentioned in the recipe isn't vegan though)
to previous VVP post

The blog after mine shares a yummy bread - Garden Harvest Cornbread from Sift, Stir and Savour
to next VVP post

Thanks for dropping by. Have a fun Virtual Vegan Potluck! :)

60 comments:

  1. No worries, girl - - by the time I got here, everything was fine ;-).

    Yowza! I want a cocktail now (and it's not even 10 in the morning here)! Beautiful!

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  2. Looks fabulous! Malibu and beets?!?!?!?! Heaven. Will need to have a party just to serve these.

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    1. Thanks! :) I've always loved beetroot and coconut together, so when I was deciding on which alcoholic drink I need to put into this cocktail, I just knew it had to be Malibu! :D

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  3. Fabulous colour! What a jewel of a beverage - and it's with a beet! Can't wait for a warmer day to try it! :)

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    1. Thanks. :) It's one of my favourite gemstone colours. :)
      Warmer day, yeah! It's gotten so freaking cold suddenly, no?!

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    1. It totally is! :) You should join in next time. It'll be fun.

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    1. Thanks. Yeah that fizz makes a really pretty picture. :)

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  6. I am screwup too ;) and that is why you are friend!!! I rushed to put up my post 9 hours early. AArgh.
    Beautiful mocktail. I have to refrain from the other.

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    1. Haha if it had to be a screw up, early is better than late, Geegers. :)

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  7. Beautiful, Susmitha! Love the idea of coconut-creamy beets!

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  8. That looks so good! Love the fizz!! And you can never go wrong with Malibu :)

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  9. Glad you made it! What a gorgeous cocktail!

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  10. Beautiful! I'll take the mocktail with Gigi! xx

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  11. Lovely recipe! You gave me a bit of a scare when I couldn't find your post - but I went to bed hoping that it would be up in the morning and sure enough it was :) Glad you made it to the party!

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    1. Thanks Keely. :) I had quite a scare myself too when I saw all those posts were up and mine wasn't. Almost 12 hours late!!! Thankfully I was able to publish the post before many people had woken up. :)

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  12. Lovely! I think I would have to go for the cocktail recipe :) You gave me a bit of a scare when I couldn't find your post, but I decided to just go to bed and hope that it would be up when I awoke - and it was, so no worries! Glad you could make it! :)

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  13. So good! This is so pretty and feels like a way to dress up Malibu with some healthy ingredients (and I know my girlfriends will be happy to find healthy "excuses" for great cocktails). Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Thanks. Yeah it's a great excuse to get drunk! :D

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  14. oh my.. who would have thought of a cocktail with beets.. can I call it healhty? Loving it

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    1. Roshni, haha sure! Call it healthy and then *glug glug hic* :P

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  15. Oh hey potluck neighbour :) YUM! What an amazing cocktail! This is amazing because I can have a drink after a long day but still feel healthy- perfect!

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    1. Thank you potluck neighbour! :) Nice way to trick ourselves, huh?

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  16. i love that you made a cocktail and that too with beets! such a pretty color!

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  17. Oh man, I haven't had Malibu in years! Sounds like an awesome combo.

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    1. No Malibu in years?! You have got to rectify that asap, lady! :D

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  18. Ahh I had some posting issues too! I had Wordpress scheduled to post at what I thought was the correct time but for whatever reason, after quadruple checking, somehow it still failed...?! I guess it was bound to happen to a few of us! I'll take my drink with the Malibu please ;)

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    1. It makes me feel so much better each time someone says they messed up with the posting time too. Here's a Malibu-licious drink on the house, just for that! :D

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  19. so yummy! I love the colour. Very creative way to use beets!

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    1. Thanks Trish. Beets are the most beautiful vegetable! :)

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  20. You’re not the only one. My Pin It plug-in affected my buttons from going to direct links - so glad it got sorted in the early morning. Mmmmm that drink and the bubbly topping ;)

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    1. Oh phew! Good that it got sorted out early for you too. Come on over for a bubbly drink! :)

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  21. You’re not the only one. My Pin It plug-in affected my buttons from going to direct links - so glad it got sorted in the early morning. Mmmmm that drink and the bubbly topping ;) Love Malibu, too!

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  22. This is such a fun beverage! Beautiful, too. I like how you can make the base in advance and then just make drinks as friends show up. :)

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    1. Thanks Teresa. Yeah the base stays well in the fridge and it can even be poured into savoury dishes. :)

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  23. What a lovely drink!!! A great addition to the potluck!! Celeste :)

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  24. Beets and coconut? In a drink? Get out of town! Can't wait to try this one

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  25. Aah I love this idea! Beets and coconut sounds like a winning boozy combo to meee!

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  26. Hey girl, just wanted to let you know that I included your recipe in the list of my favorites from this VVP! The post is here, if you want to see it: http://wp.me/p3LYmB-b5

    Thank you for your recipe!
    -Alina from Vegan Runner Eats

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  27. Beets just make everything such a gorgeous color, don't they? I love this, happy VVP!

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    1. Totally! I'm a huge fan of beet coloured anything! :)

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    1. Here you go...*hands boozy tropical garnet drink*. :)

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  29. Amazing color - looks delicious too!

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  30. What a vibrant cocktail! It sounds super tasty, Susmitha!

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  31. Congratulations on winning best beverage at this potluck! :)

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