- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup fresh diced pineapple
- 2 tbsp honey – raw (maple syrup may be substituted for vegans)
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (adjust to taste)
- 4-6 fresh mint leaves, plus extra to garnish
- A pinch of cayenne
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- Sparkling water or still water
- Crushed iced ( optional)
Place all ingredients, except the ice and sparkling / still water, in blender. Blend until combined. This creates the concentrated base of the drink. Taste and adjust as needed. For example, if you want it extra spicy, add more cayenne. If you want it a little more zesty or tangy, add more apple cider vinegar, mint, and lime.
Pour mixture into a bottle and store in the fridge until ready to drink. Once ready to drink, simply add sparkling water or still water and optional ice. Lime and mint to garnish.
Cucumber mint and Ginger cooler
- 2 large cucumbers, peeled and cut into chunks
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (8-10 limes)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 10-15 fresh mint leaves
- 1 piece fresh ginger (1-2 inches)
- 4 cups water, divided
Place all the ingredients and place in a blender. Add 2 cups of water.
Cover and blend until the mixture is very smooth.
Place a sieve over a pitcher or bowl.
Pour the cucumber water through the strainer to remove the pulp (this is optional, I like to leave everything in there sometimes too).
Add the remaining 2 cups water. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Best to serve when it’s not too cold.
Spiced Hibiscus Iced Tea
- 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers (15 grams)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 cardamom pods
- 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 4 cups water at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup ( you can add more if you like it a little sweeter)
- Lime wedges (optional, for serving)
Place the hibiscus, cinnamon, cardamom and fennel in a pot with the water. Bring to the boil.
Turn off the heat and allow to sit until it comes back to room temperature. Then add the maple syrup.
Place in a large jar and store overnight in the fridge.
When ready to serve, strain and serve with some fresh lime juice.
I recommend drinking this cool, not really cold. Ice cold drinks are really not great for our bodies as they “extinguish” our digestive fire.