Drinks Recipes: Alcohol Juicing Recipes

Since ancient times, man has made and enjoyed alcoholic drinks, from the most primitive fermented beer to wine and distilled spirits. Alcohol has played a major part in religious ceremonies, has been used medicinally and for celebration, but nothing else has polarised populations as the arguments for and against the plain enjoyment of booze. In Victorian times, anti-alcohol campaigners battled against ‘demon drink’ – so much so, in fact, that Victorian women perpetuated the myth that eating cheese late at night caused nightmares in order to stop their menfolk drinking the port that went with the Stilton. In the US, Prohibition proved to be a disaster as well as a failure – and it certainly didn’t stop anybody from drinking if they wanted to do so. So what is the truth about alcohol? The best dietary advice in decades is the idea that a couple of glasses of wine a day protect us all against heart disease. Statistics show that the life expectancy of total abstainers is somewhat less than that of moderate social drinkers.

No one can argue against the very real dangers of excessive alcohol consumption, but sticking to the guidelines of 14 units of alcohol a week for women and 21 for men appears to pose no risk and seems to convey considerable benefits. One ‘official’ unit of alcohol is the equivalent of a small glass of wine, a pub measure of spirits or half a pint of normal-strength beer. Contrary to what most people believe, however, alcohol is a depressant – not a stimulant. Yet it is the way in which alcohol depresses the inhibitory centres of the brain that gives it its relaxing and mood-enhancing properties. That is why these Booze Juices have been included in this site: they are a collection of delicious recipes designed for special, relaxing moments. They also supply a shot of antioxidants to protect you against the damaging effects of alcohol, and give you a glassful of healthy vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients into the bargain. Can you think of a better way to say ‘Cheers’?

Mimosas made from mixing fruit juices and spar...

A hair of the dog

If you made the great mistake of having a night on the tiles, then this is probably what you need for that infamous morning after. Radishes help cleanse the liver. Carrots provide a massive boost of vitamin A (also good for the liver), and apples are among Nature’s great detoxifiers.

Carrots 6, unpeeled; unless organic, remove top and bottom

radishes 4, with leaves, if possible

apples 2, unpeeled, uncored and quartered

Vodka 1 shot, stirred into finished juice

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamin A, beta-carotene and other carotenoids. Rich in potassium contains Vitamin C. This Superjuice is not only cleansing and healing to the liver, but the natural soluble fibre pectin from apples stimulates the digestive system and helps remove the alcoholic by-products from your body. Vodka, by the way, is one of the purest spirits available, and contains virtually no additives.

Virgin fantasy

Here is an ‘anytime cocktail’ that combines the wonderful flavours of its ingredients with a modest alcoholic buzz. Add some black pepper and Worcestershire sauce if you like, and enjoy, knowing that you’re doing your heart and kidneys a favour at the same time.

Tomatoes 6 medium

Carrots 2, unpeeled; unless organic, remove top and bottom

celery 1 stick, with leaves

parsley 1 handful, with stems

Vodka 2 shots, stirred into finished juice

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Super-rich in Vitamin A and C, carotenoids and lycopene. Rich in folic acid and potassium.

Its vitamin A content makes this a good Booze Juice for skin and eyes, as well as giving a boost to the immune system. The high content of lycopene also makes this a heart protector, and the combined effects of celery and parsley stimulate the activity of the kidneys.

Healer colada

If you need an excuse for this delicious drink, then tell your friends it’s great for sore throats (as well as being a tasty cure for indigestion). Surprisingly, the Healer Colada also guards against the formation of blood clots, so it is protective against both strokes and heart disease. To make it, first juice the pineapple, then stir in the coconut milk and rum.

Pineapple 1 medium, unpeeled but remove top

coconut milk 6oz

white rum 2oz

Vital statistics:

Rich in Vitamin C Not a terrific source of any other nutrients, but the Healer Colada does contain an abundance of a remarkable enzyme called bromelane. This constituent speeds up digestion – especially of all types of meat – and it also has the ability to break down any blood clots that might be forming in the circulatory system. Add the modest dose of alcohol, and you’re really taking care of your heart

Pink punch

This pink delight has universal taste appeal. The subtle blends of sweet flavours from the strawberries and cherries mingle with the tartness of the cranberries and grapefruit to produce an exceptionally clean-tasting, refreshing juice. Though alcohol isn’t ideal for anyone with cystitis, if you must booze, then this is the juice to choose.

*pink grapefruit 1, peeled, but leaving the pith behind

cherries 6 oz, stoned

cranberries 6oz

strawberries 6 oz

Vodka 2 shots, stirred into finished juice

*If taking prescribed medicines, consult your doctor before drinking large amounts of grapefruit juice

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamin C. Rich in vitamin A, B complex and folic acid contains calcium, potassium, sulphur and bioflavonoids. The great medicinal benefit of cranberry juice is its protective, curative effect on cystitis – equally good for men and women. But this Booze Juice is also an immensely powerful immune booster and cancer fighter, thanks to the phytochemicals in the berries, cherries and grapefruit.

Quick, quick, sloe

If anything is guaranteed to get your feet tapping, it is this Booze Juice. Instant energy, instant sunshine in a glass, instant pleasure… all this and more from this exotic combination of nutrient-rich fruits and the unusual flavour of sloe gin. If you can’t make your own sloe gin, don’t worry; you’ll find it in the shops. This juice is beneficial for the skin, eyes and digestion – and for good measure, it’s an immune booster, too.

Apricots 6, stoned

Oranges 2, peeled, but leaving the pith behind

peaches 2, stoned

mango 1, peeled and stoned

Sloe gin 2 shots, stirred into finished juice

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamins A and C contains potassium, calcium.

Magnesium. Although Quick, Quick, Sloe contains valuable vitamins, it’s really the enzymes and protective chemicals that make it such a good juice. Besides its other benefits, it’s helpful for fighting chest infections and is also a good juice for anyone with high blood pressure. As if that weren’t enough, sloe gin – a traditional homemade country liquor using wild fruit from the blackthorn bush – is also a remedy for diarrhoea.

Whisky Mcvital

Whether you’re going down with a cold or flu, or getting over either, this is the perfect comfort drink. When the Scots invented whisky, they named it ‘uisge beatha’, Gaelic for ‘water of life’ – and they weren’t wrong.

Combined with the ginger, especially as a hot toddy, the warming benefits of Whisky McVital are instantly apparent. But it does you good, too, thanks to the nutritional value of the fruit juices.

Oranges 2, peeled, leaving the pith behind

Lime 1 peeled, unless

key lime lemon 1, peeled

white grapes 6 oz

ginger 1/2oz fresh root

Whisky 2 shots, stirred into finished juice

boiling water optional; add to make a hot toddy

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamin C and bioflavonoids. Contains carotenoids and calcium.

As well as the immune-boosting, defensive properties of this very high dose of vitamin C, Whisky McVital also contains gingerols from the ginger, which stimulate the circulation and produce a strong expectorant effect which helps if you’ve got a cough.

Kentucky comforter

This southern comforter conjures up images of American colonial verandas, rocking chairs and hot, lazy evenings. It’s just the thing as an after-dinner drink to improve the digestion, settle the stomach and ensure a good night’s sleep, free from heartburn. Fresh mint is best of all natural antacids, and its flavour combines perfectly with the bourbon. Drink deep, y’all!

Apples 6, unpeeled, uncored and quartered

mint 6 fresh leaves

Sweet potato 1 medium, cut in strips

bourbon 2 shots, stirred into juice and poured over plenty of ice-cubes

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamins A and C. Contains other Carotenoids, potassium, phosphorus.

Pectin from the apples – a natural form of soluble fibre – aids the digestion. Together with the ellagic acid (also from apples), it improves the body’s powers of elimination. Sweet potato adds lots of healthy beta-Carotene (along with the traditional flavours of the South). The aromatic oils in mint are the perfect protector against digestive discomfort. They increase the flow of bile to improve fat digestion, and relax the muscles of the stomach and colon.

Rain forest freezer

I was floating through the Brazilian rain forest in a small boat on the Amazon when I had my first taste of Caipirinha – the national cocktail of Brazil. It’s traditionally made from a white rum distilled from sugar cane called cachaga, chopped limes and lots of ice and sugar. In the overwhelming heat and humidity of the rain forest, it’s cool and refreshing and tastes like lemonade. Beware! Its effects creep up on the uninitiated.

Lime 1, unpeeled

Papaya 1, peeled and deseeded

Pineapple 1, thick slice, unpeeled

(Juice the above)

cachaga  2 shots (or other white rum)

guarana 2 teaspoons of extract

lime 1, unpeeled, cut in small pieces

sugar 2 teaspoons sugar

Put plenty of ice in a large glass. Add the above ingredients, then pour in the juice and stir.

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamin C. Rich in vitamin A and carotenoids.

Bring a little sunshine into a dull, rainy day with this wonderful cocktail. Naturally, it’s also a great drink on a hot summer’s afternoon and the slow-release energy from the guarana will help offset the almost irresistible desire to have ‘just one more’. The Brazilian rain forest Indians have used the amazing properties of the guarana seed for more than a thousand years to help them survive the rigours of jungle life.

Kummel kalma

Kummel is a clear, white spirit distilled from grain and flavoured with caraway seeds. It’s widely popular in northern Europe as a digestif -especially in Holland where it originates. Combined here with the cleansing properties of this vegetable mixture, you have the ideal remedy for bloating, distension, wind and indigestion.

Carrots 4, unpeeled; unless organic, remove top and bottom

Cabbage 2 leaves

Celery 2 sticks, with leaves if possible

apple 1, unpeeled, uncored and quartered

beetroot ½, unpeeled, with leaves

kummel 2 shots, stirred into finished juice

Vital statistics:

super-rich in vitamins A, C. E, folic acid and potassium. Contains calcium, magnesium, niacin and vitamin B6. This is a good anti-cancer cocktail, thanks to the cabbage and beetroot. It also provides a gentle diuretic effect, thanks to the celery, and the high content of vitamins A and E means that it’s good for the circulation and skin, too. The Volatile Oils from caraway seeds are known to act directly on the whole digestive system.

Calvados cure-all

A universal cure-all for colds, flu, headache, backache, toothache, rheumatism, lethargy, listlessness, or for anyone who is just plain sick and tired of being sick and tired. The Calvados Cure-all is perfect after a day in the cold (or even a day when you can’t be bothered to go out in the cold). The tonic effects of ginger and cloves and all the health benefits of apples and lemons complement the fiery zest of calvados, the traditional apple brandy of Normandy.

Apples 2, unpeeled, uncored and quartered

lemons 2, with peel unless thin-skinned

cloves 2 whole

ginger 1 oz fresh root

honey 1 dessertspoon

Calvados 2 shots, stirred into finished juice

boiling water enough to make a hot toddy

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamin C and bioflavonoids. Contains B-complex vitamins, folic acid, manganese and iron.

This Booze Juice is seriously curative. At the first signs of colds or flu take a large, hot glassful and an early night. The gingerols – volatile oils in ginger – open up the blood vessels and get your circulation whizzing round the body, increasing temperature and sweating. You’ll feel great by the morning.

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12. August 2013 by Sue
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