I’m not one for the whole “New Year, New You” bobbins that begins as soon as the last wisp of smoke from the New Year’s Eve fireworks disappear. However, I recognise that I may have* over indulged a little over the festive season and that my body requires more than a diet of cheese and gin (yes, really) in order to attack the coming year.
Cocktails with plenty of fresh ingredients are always a good idea. (Have you checked out my gin and herb cocktails?). Jules Aron’s amazing book Zen and Tonic is full of delicious cocktails recipes but with lots of freshly juiced fruit and veggies to balance out the alcohol. Win. win.
I’ve picked 3 of my favourite of Jules’ fresh and savoury gin cocktails, all guaranteed to give you a boost!
Don’t worry if you don’t have a juicer, just look out for some of the more savoury juices in the supermarket or health food store.
Beet Berry Bomb (makes 4 shots)
1 pack of raspberries
120ml gin (I used Four Pillars Modern Australian)
Juice the beets and apples. Blend together with the raspberries (Jules uses frozen raspberries). Add to an ice-filled shaker, pour in the gin and shake until well-chilled.
The Jessica Rabbit
In Jules’ recipe, the gin was infused with oregano for 24 hours. I skipped this part. Instead, I used Gin Mare gin, which has oregano as a botanical. I also popped a couple of sprigs in the shaker with the carrot, grapefruit juice and gin. If you like your cocktails on the sweeter side, make sure to include the passionfruit.
Ingredients (makes 2)
60ml freshly juiced carrot juice
30ml freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
Juice of 1/2 passion fruit (optional)
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake with ice until cold. Strain into a glass a garnish with a sprig of oregano if desired.
Glow, Baby, Glow
Don’t be put off by the kale, this is a beautiful juice that works equally as well without the gin!
4 large kale leaves
1/2 honeydew melon
1 medium-sized cucumber
juice of one lime
Juice all the ingredients and add to a cocktail shaker together with the gin. Shake with ice until cold.
Inspire me with you favourite juice combinations that you think might work with gin!
*I definitely did