Category Archives: Drinks

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

 

Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice

Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

We make a lot of smoothies in my house and I love them, but sometimes I actually crave juices. Sounds crazy, I know, especially if you haven’t tasted a green juice. I have to say though, if you do, I think you’ll be surprised by how fruity and refreshing green juices can be. There are so many opinions on juicing and debate over how nutritious they really are, but I look at them as a great way to get veggies and fruits into your day. I don’t feel that juices should supplement eating whole fruit or vegetables, but they make a great addition. I sometimes start the day off with a green juice for breakfast. It leaves me feeling light, refreshed and restored.

This particular combination is really delicious. The pear adds just enough sweetness without being overpowering. Kale is one of the most nutritious greens, adding lots of Vitamins A, B6 and K and even minerals like calcium and iron and potassium. Then there’s the cucumber. Cucumber is a wonderful addition to juices. It’s made up of ninety-six percent water, so it really adds to the volume of your juice, but it also contains electrolytes and minerals that are so good for you. Finally, I love adding lemon to my juices. Not only does it give a bit of a boost of Vitamin C, its citrusy tang perks up the flavors of the greens and balances out the sweetness.

Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

So, with all of this juicing and smoothie drinking we do, you can imagine how many straws we go through. I mean, it’s a bit contradictory to put so much effort in doing something so healthy for our body, only to fill our landfills with plastic straws. Did you know that plastic straws are one of the largest component of plastic pollution? They are also one of the top ten items found during beach clean ups. I’ve tried using paper straws, but honestly, as pretty and decorative as they can be, I find them really unpalatable to drink from. So, when I received a message recently from Glass Dharma asking if I’d like to try their glass straws, I was intrigued! As soon as I tried one, I knew I wanted to work with them and to share their product with you. I love the selection of straws they carry. There are a variety of diameters, lengths and even bent and decorative straws. They have a great feel when using them without altering the flavor of your drink the way paper straws seem to.

Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

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Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

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Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice

1/2 large cucumber, about 5 to 6 inches, peeled unless organic or home-grown
1 large pear, peeled unless organic and seeds removed
4 large stalks organic kale
1/2 lemon

Place the cucumber, pear and kale into your juicer and juice according to manufacturer’s directions. You can peel the lemon and juice that in your juicer as well, or simply use a reamer or citrus juicer. Drink immediately for the most nutritional benefit or store in a sealed jar for one day.

 

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Cumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

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