The Weekend Cocktail: Mixing Martinis with Goji Berries

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY

When friends tell me about a new super food my only question is—  does it taste good? I will try most anything once, but I must admit I have tasted some not so good “amazing, will keep you thin and looking younger” foods over the years that made me gag! A big glass of Goji berry juice is quite the exception. I got my first Goji berry covered in yogurt a few years back and thought I went to heaven.

Discovered in the Himalayas, it is thought to have existed at least since the time of Shen Nong, the first great Chinese herbalist who lived around 2,800 BC. The Goji berry is considered to be one of the world’s most nutrient rich fruits. Goji berries have enjoyed a privileged place in oriental culture, having been used in traditional Asian medicine for thousands of years. A bowl of fresh Goji berries is part of the daily life of the Tibetan monks. The legend says that Goji berries have been used in Tibetan and Chinese Medicines for centuries. It used to be that you could find the juice and berries only at specialty shops, but now you can find them at most major chains. So play and celebrate and get your Goji on!

Dried Goji Berries

The Gojipolitain

1 ounce Cointreau orange liqueur

2 ounces vodka

Juice and zest of 1lime

4 ounces Goji berry juice

3 dry Goji berries, for garnish

Pour all ingredients in mixing glass half filled with ice, shake and strain into two chilled martini glasses. Garnish with dried Goji berries.

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