Beverages

Blood Builder from Jason Vale
Coconut Milk
Croatian Mulled Wine
Elderflower Cordial
Floral Ice Cubes
Ginger Lemon Tea
Lassi
Limoncello
Masala Chai Tea
Mint Lemon Tea
Pomegranate Juice
Strawberry Summer Smoothie
Tahini Choco Berry from Jason Vale
Tesco Apple & Pineapple Green Smoothie
Whatever You Can Find Juice
Whats this Juice Called Again?

Blood Builder 

From Jason Vale, Juice Yourself Slim

PortugalPortugal: We did a 2-week juice fast while doing volunteer photography and videography work in Portugal. This was one of my favorite juices and definitely one I will be revisiting again!

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Ingredients: 

1/2 ripe avocado
ice
2 green apples
1/2 raw beetroot
2 small carrots
1/2 lemon, peeled with much of the pith remaining

Directions: 

Place avocado and ice into blender and combine.

Pack the juicer in this order: one apple, lemon, apple and then beetroot and carrot. Pour juice into a blender and blend until smooth and combined.

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yields: 10 fluid ounces

Coconut Milk


IndiaIndia: My favorite thing to drink in India was fresh coconut juice followed by light coconut milk! Such a versatile cooling addition to any recipe or on its own! This is the basic recipe we learned in our Keralan cooking class in Fort Cochin!

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Ingredients: 

1 cup fresh grated coconut
1 cup water

Directions: 

Blend coconut and water. Strain through fine wire strainer and enjoy immediately or refrigerate.

Yields: 1 cup coconut milk

Total Time: 3 minutes

Serving Suggestion: Enjoy all by itself or substitute this MCT containing milk for animal milk called for in any of your favorite recipes!

Croatian Mulled Wine


CroatiaCroatia: Coincidence that Croatia was one of my favorite countries and they happen to serve this up at the market-like stalls every evening? Hmmmm. I will most definitely we brewing up some of this when I return to the cold damp Seattle! 

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Ingredients:

1 orange
4 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
2 cardamom pods, bruised
1″ thick slice of fresh peeled ginger
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup water

1L white wine

Directions: 

Peel orange using a vegetable peeler and pierce cloves into orange peel.

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine spices, sugar and water and stir gently for 10 minutes or until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat, add wine and let sit for 20 minutes to marinate (mull).

Just before serving, reheat and serve immediately!

Serving Suggestion: Pair with a Croatian dog to complete this cheap and tasty meal. Walk around the streets of Zagreb and enjoy! You can also make with red wine, which is a bit more traditional and easy to find in other parts of Croatia!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yields: Enough for 4 to enjoy while you make another batch!

Elderflower Cordial

Ireland

Ireland: We arrived in Ireland and one of the first things we did was collect fragrant elderflower tops from the trees in the fields. We experimented with cordial recipes and this was the one I selected as my personal favorite!
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Gather dry buds in early summer, just as they begin to open.

Ingredients:

50 elderflower heads
6 lemons, 2 oranges
2 kg sugar
2 heaping tsp citric acid
3L filtered water

Directions:

Remove any insects from elderflower heads by shaking them gently before placing into a large saucepan.

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Finely zest lemons and oranges and add zest to saucepan. Save citrus and store in the refrigerator. Then Aad sugar and citric acid to large saucepan.

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In a separate saucepan, bring 3L of water to a boil and then pour over elderflowers, zest, sugar and acid. Stir gently and cover loosely once slightly cooled. Let the mixture sit 24 hours at room temperature in a cool, dry, dark place.

The following day, juice citrus and add to large saucepan. Then strain full mixture through a fine metal strainer.

Use a funnel to pour strained mixture into desired bottles.

Serving Suggestions: Serve diluted with chilled still or sparkling water. Can also be mixed with wine or Champagne, or may be used in green or mixed veggie summer salads.

Total Time20 minutes

Yields: 3 liters

Storage: Will keep several weeks. Can be kept longer if using sterilized bottles and citric acid.

Floral Ice Cubes

IrelandIreland: I don’t know what got into me and experimenting with edible flowers, but this was another recipe I created during the hottest Summer that Ireland has ever seen. IMG_5974

IMG_5945Ingredients:

Edible flowers or herbs

Directions:

Fill a large ice cube tray ¼ of the way with distilled water. Add edible (organically grown) flowers or herbs face down in the tray and freeze. Then fill the tray about halfway and freeze again.

Fill to the top before the final freeze.

Flower suggestions: Pansies, nasturtiums, mint.

Active Time: 5 minutes

Total Time:  1 day

Yields: As many pretty cubes as you want

Ginger Lemon Tea


IndiaIndia: I woud look forward to this every morning while staying at the ashram in Rishikesh. Shortly afterward I would sneak out and go find mud-thick coffee!

Ingredients:

1” slice peeled ginger
lemon juice, freshly squeezed from ½ lemon

Directions:

Mash ginger using mortar and pestle. Place ginger and lemon in serving cup and pour boiled water into cup and serve immediately. Add honey if desired.

 

 

Lassi 


IndiaIndia: Lassi is the answer to an upset tummy or just to help you cool down in the crazy heat!

 

Endless variations exist. Here are a few of the most common:

Ingredients: 

1 Banana, pinch of cinnamon. (Optional: sugar sprinkled on top), or

1/2 papaya, or

Large handful of mint (washed, rinsed dry), or

2 chikoo fruits, seeds removed, or

1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp salt, or

1 cap of rose water

Directions: 

For one drink, add one packet (1 cup) of yogurt curd to the above options and blend.

 

Limoncello

ItalyItaly: Ah Limoncello just screams leisurely Italian holiday doesn’t it? We enjoyed Limoncello during our time in our favorite places: Sorrento, Amalfi, and Cinque Terre.
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Ingredients:

10 unwaxed lemons
2 pints vodka
500g sugar
1/2 liter (1 pint) filtered water

Directions: 

Remove lemon peels (not the white pith). Place into large kilner jar with 2 pints and let soak for 10 days. Turn the jar every other day.

After 10 days, strain out the lemon peel and then add the sugar and water. Let sit another 10 days.

Refrigerate.

Serving Suggestion: Serve chilled.

Active Prep Time: 5 minutes.

Total Time: 20 days.

Yields: 2 pints Limoncello.

Masala Chai Tea

 

India

India: They really do drink this everywhere at all times of the day! Well, the real recipe is just a box of masala chai plus black tea powder – boiled together with milk and water and strained and served. However, for those of you who would like to make at home, here is my best guess!

Ingredients:

2″ piece of freshly thinly sliced ginger
1 whole nutmeg,
3-4 cardamom pods,
1″ cinnamon stick
2 star anise

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup milk
2 tsp loose black tea leaves

Directions: 

Place all spices in spice/coffee grinder and buzz until coarsely ground. Then add spices to a medium saucepan with 1/2 cup water and bring to simmer until fragrant. Add milk and tea leave and let simmer another 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Strain through metal sieve and serve immediately.

Mint Lemon Tea


IndiaIndia: I would look forward to this every afternoon after yoga in Rishikesh!

 

Ingredients:

2 springs rinsed mint leaves
lemon juice, freshly squeezed from ½ lemon

Boil water and lemon juice
Green mint in glass, then add boiled water
Add honey separately

Directions:

Add mint sprigs and lemon juice to serving cup. Pour boiled water into cup and serve immediately. Add honey if desired.

 

 

Pomegranate Juice (Nar Suyu)

Turkey
Turkey: Pomegranates were everywhere in Turkey, and you could get them juiced in the most random mini-mart hidden down a secret street. The pomegranates were sliced in half and then open side down placed in the basket of a hand press citrus juicer. It took about 2 whole pomegranates to make about 6fl oz of juice, and it cost just about 2 to 3 Turkish lira, or about $1. Pretty awesome. That would cost about $5 at home…I had about 3 of these daily.

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Ingredients:

2-3 whole pomegranates

Directions: 

Slice pomegranates in half.

Hold the pomegranate half over a blender and stack whacking. Use a rolling pin or random kitchen utensil to have at it with pomegranate until all of the seeds fall into the blender.

Blend until all of the seeds are crushed and you have a beautiful pink (but cloudy) juice.

Serving Suggestion: Another option is to get a hand press citrus juicer and then you get clear clean juice without any of the seed fibers or pith.

Total Time: 1 minute.

Yields: 6fl oz

Strawberry Smoothie

IndiaGoa, India: Bananas were flailing off the trees begging to be picked and used, so this is what they became…I can’t tell you what the strawberries story is. They arrived via scooter from some dude early in the morning. IMG_4843

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Ingredients:

2 bananas
1 cup strawberries

Directions: 

Peel bananas and slice into 1″ chunks. Wash strawberries and top. Put all fruit in ziplock and freeze overnight.

The next morning, place all fruit in blender and blend until smooth. If necessary, add small amount of elderflower or fruit juice to thin.

Active Prep Time: 5 minutes.

Total Time: 1 day.

Yields: 2 5fl oz smoothies.

Tahini Choco Beaney

PortugalPortugal: The best smoothie ever on day 14 of the juice fast.

From Jason Vale, The Funky Fresh Juice Book 

Ingredients: 

1 Tbs. fairtrade raw cacao powder
1 Tbs. tahini
2 teaspoons Manuka honey
1/2 ripe banana
250ml Almond milk
1 Small handful of ice cubes

Directions: 

Place all ingredients in blender and whiz up until completely combined.

Total Time: 2 minutes

Yields: 10 fl ounce sweet treat smoothie

Tesco Apple & Pineapple Green Smoothie


northern ireNorthern Ireland: We lived off of Tesco sandwiches and smoothies during our time in Northern Ireland. This one actually turned out to be pretty awesome!

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Ingredients:

3/4 of a pressed apple
slice of pressed gold pineapple
1/2 crushed kiwi
5 pressed grapes
1 TBS squeezed lime
1 TBS spinach and nettle extract

Directions: 

Place all fruit, lime juice and extracts in blender and blend until smooth. If necessary, add small amount of fruit juice to thin to desired consistency.

Total Time: 15 minutes.

Yields: 250ml serving

Whatever You Can Find Juice

India

India: By week 3 of India our tummies weren’t doing so hot so we decided to start making juices for lunch. James asked what we should put in it, and I responded “whatever you can find.” This is what was created, and I have to say it was pretty damn good!

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Ingredients: 

1 carrot, cut in half
1 apple, seeds removed
2″ slice of ginger, skin removed
1 whole beetroot, skin removed
1/4 of a pineapple, skin removed
1 orange, skin removed

Directions: 

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend away.

Total Time: 5 minutes.

Yields: 2 servings (approximately 16oz each)

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What’s This Juice Called, Again? 

 

IndiaIndia: We had this several mornings at the ashram and I have to admit I was embarrassed to ask for a fifth time what the juice was called again.
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*Recipe Coming Soon

 

 

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