Acai … it’s the new pomegranate

If you haven’t already heard about the benefits of drinking acai berry juice, just wait, you will soon. In New York, acai is gaining momentum as the new pomegranate, which means it won’t be too long before this superjuice makes its way to a grocery store near you. What makes acai so special? It’s a Brazilian (read: sexy) berry loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and lots of other beneficial nutrients (read: healthy). Like pomegranate juice, it was only a matter of time before this trendy fruit juice started showing up in martinis. I had my first acai berry martini last fall at an event promoting a Brazilian hairstylist’s new product line, HC Color. More recently, a friend introduced me to Mona Vie, an acai drink blended with 19 fruits including white grape, apricot, blueberry and more. And then, I found a sample of acai-blueberry Vincent Van Gogh Vodka in my liquor cabinet! Here are two superjuice martinis to try:

Brazilian Martini
Courtesy of Signature Cocktail Creations
1 1/2 oz. Mona Vie*
1 1/2 oz. vodka
1 oz. white grape juice
Juice from 1/4 tangerine, plus a slice for garnish

Blueberry Creamcicle
Courtesy of Van Gogh Vodka
1 oz. Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry Vodka
1/2 oz. Licor 43
Splash blue curacao
Splash cream

*Want to try Mona Vie? To get more info, contact Kris & James at or


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