Amer A. Vargas Mixology Newsletter

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, August 2020, Let’s Talk about Mixology

Amer A. VargasLet’s Talk about Mixology, Part 58

by Amer A. Vargas


With summer reaching its high temperatures in the northern hemisphere it is probably wise to reduce alcohol consumption to keep our bodies as hydrated as we can. So, in this month’s cocktail article I propose a very natural “brew for all ages”, if you can call it that, which provides double hydration, both by the liquid ingredient (still or sparkling water, or soda) and the solid ingredients: fruits of all sorts.

And the best part of this drink is, it is very easy to personalize as long as one knows the drinker’s favorites fruits.

Preparation for this cocktail is very simple: all ingredients should be cold, preferably straight from the fridge, to enhance their refreshing sensation when imbibed; ice can be added, but it is unnecessary if ingredients are already cold enough.

Then, to facilitate their consumption, it is suggested you cut and slice the chosen fruits into easy-to-eat bite-sized pieces or chunks, bearing in mind the brim diameter of the glass in which you will serve them. Once all fruit is ready, stick the pieces on a skewer, alternating different fruits and colors to create a more beautiful visual effect, and drop the skewer in the glass when ready.

In the picture above, we played with the aromas and colors of strawberries, oranges, pineapples and kiwis, achieving a delicious sweet and citric overall taste.

And finally, top up the glass with the liquid of choice: sparkling water is the best option as the fizziness will help to extract the flavors of fruit; for still water, stir it with the skewer to help release the best of the fruit.

As always, the quality of the ingredients will determine the quality of the final product. Be sure to try a bit of each of the fruit items before you slide them onto the skewer, to ensure you have the nice flavors you expect out of each fruit.

The Drink-n-Fruit is actually an ideal “cocktail” for any time of the year, really, but I believe it feels especially good in the hot summer sun, particularly if enjoyed while lying on a floating lounge in a pool: a great drink in a special setup.

Easy said, easy made. Stay fresh and enjoy!

Mr. Vargas is the Institute’s President—feel free to contact him via email, AmerVargas @

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