FOOD + DRINK, RECIPES + menus | July 27, 2008

Elixia Hand-Crafted Lemonade

Elixia Hand-Crafted Lemonade

Ever since my friend Nathalie brought a bottle of this delicious lemonade at a party to make mojitos, I am craving for more. This French lemonade tastes amazing. Her mojito was memorable too.

I felt sad last weekend since I failed to find any at the European and specialty shops in my neighborhood.

I invited a few friends tonight for an apero, the French word for a simple before-dinner drink served with something small to eat (see recipe at the end). I am thrilled that Nathalie bought me a bottle of Elixia Lemonade as a hostess gift.

As I started mentioning on my post about the Apple Sainte-Catherine store opening, the most cherish gifts fit the desires of the recipient. The Elixia Hand-crafted Lemonade is the best hostess gift I ever received because it was on my most wanted list.

About Elixia Hand-Crafted Lemonade

The oldest lemonade making company in France produced Elixia since 1856. In 2000, the sixth generation took the reins and introduced the new packaging. Great move!

The packaging blends a modern vibe with a traditional bottle style. The packaging makes the inside even more desirable. The bottle can be reused to serve homemade flavored water, ice tea or your own lemonade. The distinctive mechanical bottle stopper looks so adorable. The bottle cap plays a big part on the visual appeal.

Update: I read on The Gazette that Elixia is available at La Maison des Pâtes Fraîches located at 865 Rachel St. E., Montreal, QC – phone 514.527.5487. My friend buys her at the Farmer’s market in Lachine.

Baguette Port Grilled  Cheese recipe

If you are curious, we drank a Marques de Caceres Rioja Rose wine and ate Baguette Port Grilled Cheese. Count 1 to 2 pieces per person.

Ingredients:

  • Aged Cheddar infused with 10 Years Port Wine – we used Perron or you can ripe your own a week in advance
  • 1 fresh baguette, sliced at a 45-degree angle
  • Little bit of Olive oil

Make 3/8 inch slices of cheese on the longest side. Put the cheese between two bread slices. I forgot to mention to lightly brush the grill with some olive oil (my husband uses a paper towel). Heat the panini grill to a medium-high temperature before grilling. The Baguette Port Grilled Cheese is ready when you get nice grill marks.

MORE READING:
+ Elixia by SARL IMAGRAM

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4 Responses to “Elixia Hand-Crafted Lemonade”

  1. I will have to look for it too. Curious to taste it!

  2. Kim,

    I am glad you liked my hostess gift :-))).

    Here is my Mojito recipe using the Elixia sparkling lemonade:

    In a tumbler glass, crush about 10 leaves of moroccan mint (I grow it in my garden, but regular mint can be used for a different flavor), with about 1 tablespoon of cane sugar, and the juice of half a lime. Once its all crushed, Add 1 once of white rhum (more if your glasses are tall), some ice cubes and fill the remaining of the glass with some Elixia sparkling lemonade.

    Ta da! You’ve got yourself my version of a mojito. Enjoy!

    ps. Each mojito has to be made separately in its own glass, you cannot make a big batch of it. A trick to make your life easier is to use a pestle to crush your mint with the sugar and the juice.

  3. Just one more thing, make sure to buy the version “Nature” of Elixia for your mojito, as they also make two other flavors: Orange blossom and Rosewater. It mixes better with the mint.

    After tasting the three flavors, I still prefer the “nature” version.

    In addition to being good, the bottle is great to use afterwards for your own flavored water. Add fresh mint, to water and keep it in the fridge. It’s really refreshing in summer. You can also use fresh Lemon Balm or fresh Verbena instead of fresh mint.

  4. 4 At Home with Kim Vallee said:

    And I can vouch that Nathalie’s mojito is delicious.

    I use the Fruit Muddler / Caipirinha Pestle from Rosle. See http://tinyurl.com/CaipirinhaPestle for more details