Juicy Cocktails.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

I was recently approached by Thrive Magazine to take part in an exciting little juicing project using the Juico Matt Sliver Slow Juicer. I have spent my past few days in a juicing frenzy, thoroughly enjoying the fruits of my labour. I really do enjoy juicing, it is a great way to quickly get in your 5-a-day, however it is unfortunately one of those things that I have a habit of neglecting when things get busy. Therefore this project was the perfect excuse to rekindle my love for a juice.
In return for trialling it, I was gifted one of the Juico juicers. Despite this, I can definitely unbiasedly say that I really was impressed with the product. It certainly has a number of key features working in its favour. As well as looking pretty sleek on your island, the Juico UNO slow juicer is one of the slowest on the market. I realise this may not sound like a good thing, but when it comes to juicing, it definitely is. By moving slower than most conventional juicers, any friction in the juicing process is significantly reduced. This means that you get the most available nutrients from your fruit and vegetables and none are lost to heat.

Another great feature of this juicer is that it is, as far a juicers go, ridiculously easy to clean. It can in essence, self-clean. Any leftover pulp can be easily rinsed off meaning there is no need to pop it in the dishwasher. 

As I said before, I have made many a juice over the past week or two, so I wanted to share a couple with you, these with a bit of a twist. I went to a restaurant in London a little while ago which sold juice cocktails. My inner curiosity got the best of me, and although I was a little dubious, I had to give them a go. I have to say I was really pleasantly surprised, and so decided to try and create a few of my own. 

These are my, juice based takes on two favourite summertime drinks - Pimms and a Pina Colada. Stay tuned for a third which will be gracing my new YouTube channel soon.

Firstly, Pimms, the quintessentially, beloved english summer drink.  I took inspiration from the fruit and vegetables we usually use to garnish a good old glass of Pimms - strawberry, mint, orange, cucumber and apple, and popped them all into a juice. For this, all you will need is a handful of strawberries, quarter of a cucumber, one orange, one apple and a few sprigs of mint. Finish it with two shots of Pimms, top up with lemonade and you will be left with two glasses of delicious juicy Pimms.

Next, my take on one of my favourites, a Pina Colada. This cocktail can often be quite heavy, a bit of a meal in a glass. So this is a much lighter version that will remind you of the holidays of years gone by. To make enough for two juice half a pineapple, half a lime and two peeled kiwis, top it up with coconut water and finish with a shot or two of white rum. Pop in an umbrella (unfortunately I did not have any for the photo) and enjoy, singing Club Tropicana around your kitchen as I did.

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