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Infused Spirits Come to Luca’s Cafe

July 10, 2017
By: Lindsay Elitharp
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Infused spirits are the new trend at Luca's Mediteranean Cafe for summer.

Luca's latest creations feature NH made spirits infused with fruits and herbs. All photos courtesy of Luca Paris.

Luca's Infusion Revolution

Luca's Mediterranean Cafe in Keene, New Hampshire has long been known for innovative flavors and fresh takes on favorites. This summer, owner and chef Luca Paris decided to up the ante on flavor with cocktails made with house-infused spirits. By infusing New Hampshire-made New England Sweetwater Spirits with fruits and herbs, he created a new and exciting drink menu for his team and guests.

Pineapple chunks go for a dip in Monadnock Moonshine. This infusion is a key ingredient in the Pineapple Sunshine cocktail.

Pineapple chunks go for a dip in Monadnock Moonshine behind the bar at Luca's. This infusion is a key ingredient in the Pineapple Sunshine cocktail.

Infused Spirits Take Inspiration From Seasonal Flavors

The infusion revolution started when Luca decided to combine Ashelot Vodka and blueberries. This infusion became the base for his Blueberry Martini and Blueberry Smash. Like infusions, smashes are a drink trend making a comeback with a more ingredient-conscious audience. Infusions take the guesswork (and food dye) out of flavored spirits while allowing chefs and mixologists more creative control.

Next, Luca reached for King Fish Rum, strawberries, and mint from the Cafe's new herb garden. With some simple syrup, club soda, and a fresh sprig of mint to garnish, Luca's Strawberry Mint Mojito was born.

But Luca's favorite creation yet is the Pineapple Sunshine. Pineapple-infused Monadnock Moonshine is served over ice with agave nectar, sour mix, and garnished with rosemary and fresh pineapple. "It's had a following since day one," says Luca.

The Pineapple Sunshine- Pineapple-infused Monadnock Moonshine over ice with agave nectar, sour mix, garnished with rosemary and fresh pineapple.

The Pineapple Sunshine- Pineapple-infused Monadnock Moonshine over ice with agave nectar, sour mix, garnished with rosemary and fresh pineapple.

Rumor has it a peach and ginger infused bourbon is in the works. Visit Luca's Mediterannean Cafe or follow them on Facebook to keep up with the infusion revolution!

Located at 10 Central Square in Keene, NH, Luca's Mediteranean Cafe serves lunch Monday-Friday 11:30AM-2:00PM, dinner Monday-Thursday 5:00PM-9:00PM, Friday and Saturday 5:00PM-10:00PM, and Sundays 5:00PM-9:00PM May through New Years.