Stolen Fruit: A Gift with a Knack for Mixing

It’s not too early to start thinking about holiday gifts. One that you’ll want to keep on your radar is the three-bottle gift pack of grape-based mixers from Stolen Fruit. The Sonoma-based company launched just a few months ago with five different alcohol-free blends, for both cocktails and mocktails, made with a blend of verjus—the fresh-pressed juice from green grapes—varietal grape juice and grape skins. The holiday pack ($54) includes Lemongrass Ginger Sauvignon Blanc; Blood Orange Muscat; and Hibiscus Grenache.

Stolen Fruit makes mixology foolproof and delicious. For a sophisticated non-alohcohlic beverage, simply combine 2 ounces of the mixer with 6 ounces of sparkling water, stir and, if you’d like, garnish with a wedge of orange, lime or grapefruit for a garnish. For a spiked version, reduce the sparkling water to 4 ounces and add 2 ounces of your favorite spirit. Stolen Fruit makes both wine lovers and craft-cocktail aficionados happy. Adding to their versatility, the mixers are food friendly, pairing beautifully with every type of cuisine, from teriyaki salmon to grilled ribeye. stolenfruit.com

On Jan. 30, Meetings Professionals International Southern California Chapter held its 2018 “State of the Industry” luncheon at the Pasadena Convention Center. Amanda Armstrong, CMP, incoming chair of the MPI International Board of Directors, was the keynote speaker. In her address, she encouraged MPI members to volunteer. “Find something you’re passionate about and raise your hand. Volunteering is a great way to try out new skills. Don’t be afraid to be a rookie.”

 

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