Drinks

Drinks

By
David Frenkiel, Luise Vindahl Andersen
Contains
14 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781742705583
Photographer
Johanna Frenkel

‘My favourite drink? Ha, that’s easy! The drips of a sweet Sicilian blood orange, squeezed into a glass. I can’t think of anything better. No, wait. Two Swedish apples, from your aunt’s tree, pushed through our juicer together with a knob of ginger. That is my favourite drink. No, no, now I know, the simple cane juice we were served on that street in Saigon, th...’ ‘Well, there you have it,’ David interrupts me.

I asked him how I should start this chapter. And he has got a point; I have a drinking problem. I love all the possibilities that come from mixing fresh fruit and vegetables into juices, smoothies, shakes and lassis. No wonder we have worn out three blenders and one juice machine in three years.

We make juices for breakfast, juices for sweetening food and desserts, and juices to use in smoothies. You can turn an unexpected vegetable like broccoli, into the most delicious drink, just by balancing its flavours with a little sweet and some tanginess. Apple, lemon and ginger usually do the trick. In this chapter we have rounded up a few of our best juice and smoothie recipes. And we have included an alcohol-free cocktail, an elderflower lemonade and two Indian drinks, one warm and one cold.

Juicing

If you have never tried making your own juice, you are in for a real treat. Although you can make juice with a blender, we recommend using a juice machine for the best results. You can juice most vegetables and it’s a great way to increase your intake of vitamins and minerals. Since not all vegetables taste great as they are, we usually add some tanginess and sweetness. Lemon adds a fresh flavour to green vegetables like kale, broccoli and spinach. The vitamin C also improves the body’s ability to absorb the iron in those vegetables. Apple is one of the best fruits to juice. It has a very sweet flavour and releases a lot of juice.

Choose a few fruit and veg from each group you will get a good and balanced juice...

Vegetables: kale, broccoli, spinach, beetroot (red beets), carrot, fennel, bell pepper, cucumber, tomato, cauliflower, sweet potato, romaine and celery.

Sweet fruits: apple, pear, melon, peach, plum, orange and cherries .

Tangy fruits: lemon, grapefruit, lime and kiwi fruit .

Herbs: parsley, basil, lemon balm and mint.

For a kick: ginger, horseradish, wheatgrass, liquorice, turmeric and saffron.

Featured Recipes in this Chapter

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