Category Archives: Drinks

Sweet Potato Apple Ginger Juice

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You probably already know by now that I love juicing. Yes, you’ve heard me complain endlessly about cleaning the juicer, but somedays, it calls to me. With a fridge full of produce, I spent most of my Saturday morning playing mad scientist. Nothing was safe in those veggie bins! By the end, I bottled more juice than I can tell you! I’ll be sharing some of my odd combinations with you over the next few weeks and I promise to give you my honest opinion.

I’ve heard of juicing sweet potato before and have been intrigued. I love sweet potatoes. Pairing it with apple and ginger creates a really nice seasonal fall juice. The flavors go so well together and with sweet potatoes and apples at their season’s best right now, this just made sense. Nutritionally, this juice is well under 150 calories and is a great source of potassium, beta-carotene and Vitamins A and B6.

So…the verdict on taste? This juice tastes really delicious and very much how I thought it would, but one thing I wasn’t crazy about was the starchiness from the potato. It does add a silky texture to the juice, but much of it settles to the bottom of the glass, which is actually a good thing. Except, I can’t tell you this is good to the last drop! No, really, it’s very tasty, I’d just put the glass down before you hit the loveliness at the bottom!

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Sweet Potato Apple Ginger Juice

1 medium sweet potato, peeled, ends trimmed and halved
1 medium apple, halved and seeds removed
approximately 1 inch knob of ginger

Process the ingredients in your juicer in the order given following manufacturer’s instructions.

Serves one.

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Blackberry Basil Shrub

Blackberry Basil Shrub by Taste Love and Nourish

You know when you’ve tasted something unusual for the first time, then it haunts you? You’ve just got to have it again. Well, this drink is a result of just that. At a blogger event last summer, I was fortunate to have a version of this drink made by Brian Samuels of A Thought for Food. It was unique, delicious and refreshing. It has stayed with me since.

The shrub or drinking vinegar, has actually been around since the colonial era. Over the past year or two, shrubs have become really popular. The shrub is a combination of fruits, sugar, vinegar and sometimes herbs. They meld together and become a fruity, sweet and tangy syrup that you can incorporate into many drinks. I chose to go with a Collins, since that was what Brian made and I just loved.

With blackberries in season and summer basil its most fragrant, my ingredients really picked themselves.

Blackberry Basil Shrub by Taste Love and Nourish

Let me say that, although I love vinegar and tangy things, don’t shy away if you don’t share that love. The vinegar flavor is mild, especially when topped with sparkling water. It comes across more as fruity and thirst-quenching.

Blackberry Basil Shrub by Taste Love and Nourish

Just be sure to allow yourself some time. There are so many variations on making shrubs. Some faster than others. I love that this one takes its time. The flavor is incredible because of it.

Blackberry Basil Shrub by Taste Love and Nourish

This is all about the method. Use your favorite fruits and flavors. You may even want to prepare a new jar every week and experiment through the summer! Cheers!

Blackberry Basil Shrub by Taste Love and Nourish

Blackberry Basil Shrub

2/3 C. sugar
1/3 C. blackberries
6 – 8 large basil leaves
1/3 C. balsamic vinegar
1/3 C. apple cider vinegar

Combine the sugar, blackberries and basil in a small bowl. Using a fork, crush the blackberries and the basil and mix to combine with the sugar. Allow to sit for an hour at room temperature.

In a clean jar, add the vinegars and the berry mixture. Cover with a tight fitting lid and give it a shake. Allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for 5 to 7 days. Give it a good shake once or twice a day.

Strain the mixture with a fine mesh sieve and store in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Blackberry Basil Shrub Collins
2 ounces vodka
2 ounces blackberry basil shrub
4 ounces sparkling water
basil leaves and blackberries for garnish

In a tall glass, combine the vodka and shrub mixture. Add ice, then top off with sparkling water. Garnish with blackberries and fresh basil leaves.

Makes one drink.

Adapted from A Thought for Food – Strawberry Rhubarb Shrub

Blackberry Basil Shrub by Taste Love and Nourish