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

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