Pomegranate, orange & aloe vera cocktail
Who said the new you has to start with the new year? London is getting all pretty with the Christmas lights and we’re starting to thinking what to feast with this Christmas! We promise, our recipes are going to be as magical as London’s Christmas and a great warm up to the New Year’s resolutions.
Growing up in Moldova, we used to have citrus fruits and pomegranates around Christmas time really. That’s because most citrus fruits are the sweetest and juiciest in winter. The scent of oranges, mandarins and pomegranates still reminds us of Christmas holidays.
Naturally, the first in our Christmas menu is the pomegranate and citrus cocktail, but it comes with a twist! We’ve mixed our oranges and pomegranates with aloe vera and it’s delicious. Aloe vera is awesome because, alongside citruses, it’s one of the best alkaline foods. Alkaline foods help balance the pH level of the fluids in your body. Traditional Christmas recipes tend to be full of acidic foods, such as meat and pastry. On top of that comes alcohol. So, make sure to get enough alkaline foods to keep your body happy.
Erbology aloe vera juice comes from the inner part of fresh aloe vera leaves. It’s rich in acemannan polysaccharides that help promote a healthy metabolism and cleanse your body.
We find that aloe vera tastes best when mixed with citruses, although we do like to have it straight, too. It’s so refreshing and we totally love the alkaline taste of it.
It’s no coincidence we chose to decorate this cocktail with cucumber sticks. The cucumber taste blends perfectly with aloe vera. Oh, and look at those naturally vibrant colours. Aren’t they gorgeous?
If you prefer your juice or cocktail without pulp, making it with a juice press would be ideal, but trust us - you can make them by hand just as easy. This recipe is a proof to that and it’s so amazingly delicious!
Plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, alcohol-free
Juice from 3 medium oranges
Juice from 1 pomegranate
Juice from ¼ lime or 1 tbsp lime juice (optional)
1 cucumber for decoration
Coconut nectar (optional)
Wash the oranges and squeeze them using a food processor or a manual citrus juicer. Do the same with the lime.
Press the pomegranates. If you don’t have a press for the pomegranates, simply put them in a flat bottomed bowl, press them with the bottom of a glass and strain the liquid. The juice comes out very easy. Don’t worry, you won’t need to put too much effort.
Place the juices in different pots.
If you want your cocktail sweeter, add less lime or not at all. To make it even sweeter, add some coconut nectar, but I like mine fresh and lemony.
Mix all juices and add the aloe vera shot.
Add cucumbers for a nice garnishing and serve straight away.
Note: If you want to make a bigger batch and serve later, always add aloe vera just before serving your cocktail, so it can preserve its nutrients.
Citruses are also full of vitamin C that can help boost your immune system and prevent sore throats on a cold winter day. Instead of buying ready-made fruit juices this time of the year, we like to hand pick fresh citruses. Make sure to choose the ones that feel heavy for their size. They’re the juiciest.