Blackcurrant juice – a taste of summer

It has been an amazing spring in Denmark this year with 6 weeks of sun, sun and sun. Now, after one week of cooling down, the sun is back to welcome the summer :-). That also means that all the fruit is mature earlier this year and just deliciously sweet tasting.

I went on a fruit hunt in the park in front of our house and found out that there is a lot of fruit to pick. We have cherry trees all around us and also some berry bushes. That gave a good first harvest of sweet and sour cherries as well as blackcurrant berries.

As I decided to go further with my juice productions, I decided to make blackcurrant juice. After asking some advice to my foodie friend and googling some recipes, I made up my own.

Ingredients:

⁃ 300 gram of blackcurrant

⁃ 200 gram of cane sugar

⁃ 1 liter of water

Heat up the water with the blackcurrant berries and the sugar until boiling temperature is reached. When boiling, decrease the heat and boil at low temperature until the blackcurrant berries are bursting open. You can also squeeze the blackcurrant berries if you are impatient (like me). All in all this took me 20 min to get an amazing tasting juice.

When cooled down to around 75 degrees Celsius, I sieved the juice to get rid of the berry leftovers.

Then I bottled the juice in clean and sterilized beer bottles.

The juice is around 20% sugar and should be diluted to 5% with sparkling or still water. So 1 part of juice with 3 parts of water. The color is my favorite: pink and the taste is slightly sweet blackcurrant with a little astringent aftertaste. Delicious for hot summer days!

If you like it more sweet, you can always add more sugar.

First attempt to make lime mint juice

Waw, I can’t believe it’s almost two months ago I wrote something on my blog. The reason is quite simple though. I have been travelling quite a lot for work and I have taken some really nice holidays. Especially the holidays were very relaxing as I tried not to use the social media for once. I almost succeeded ;-).

That said, it’s time to pick up my weekly attempts to make some fresh juices. One of the juices I have been looking forward to is to make lime mint juice. The first time I tried this was in Qatar when my husband and me were on holiday there. My husband has been living there before and always remembered these juices as being so fresh on a hot day. As we have really summer weather at the moment (almost for three weeks in a row now!), it’s the perfect occasion to get a grip on this delicious juice mix.

I have also been waiting until our mint would start for real in our garden. With the warm sun, the mint has been going crazy in our garden the last two weeks, so I could pick some fresh mint leaves.

Needed for the juice:

– limes

– loads of fresh mint

– sugar (preferably cane sugar)

How to make it?

I squeezed 9 limes in my old fashion juice press. This gave around 350 ml of fresh lime juice.

Then I poured the mint leaves in the lime juice and blended it with my regular soup blender.

After blending, I sieved the mint puree out of the juice.

The mint puree can still be used to make tea or something else.

I poured the lime mint juice in glasses and added some sparkling water.

To finish up, I added some regular white sugar, but cane sugar would be better. Then I put in a straw and a mint leave as decoration and happy days, the juice is ready to drink!

We tried the juice and it was delicious 😋. However, we had to add quite some sugar to have the right sweet-acid balance. Very good first try, but next time I should add less lime. I also wonder if making mint tea first and mixing that with the lime juice would help to accentuate the mint a bit better. That’s for next time :-).

Cheers!

Pineapple heaven

Nope, winter is definitely not over yet. But last weekend, my husband and me spent the time in Belgium to visit my family. And guess what, yes, we had 18 degrees Celsius on Sunday. It felt like another world, spring just felt like the best body lotion on your skin. The sun rays together with the good company just felt like heaven :-).

And that’s why my next juice tries to capture this feeling. Sun with an extra good feeling on top. And that is exactly what my pineapple heaven will give you. The smell of pina colada is not far away.

Ingredients:

– 1 pineapple

– 2 apples

– 1 pear

– 3 lemons

Needed:

– a juicer

How to make it:

Peel the pineapple and other fruits. Slice them in small pieces.

Heat the juice in a pan until boiling temperature and cool down to 75 degrees Celsius. Then pour into a glass bottle.

Enjoy the juice with some sparkling water and ice cubes.

As I did not use the whole pineapple, I used the rest to make a dessert.

Just heat some chocolate and mix with some cream. Pour over the left over pineapple pieces and enjoy this easy but wonderful dessert.

Smakelijk!!

Vitamine boost drink

It is almost spring, but when looking outside it seems winter wants to give it a last go here in Denmark.

As many of my friends and colleagues have been dealing with the flu, here a nice recipe to get some vitamine boost … a juice with only fruits and mainly citrus fruits.

And some ginger of course, my most liked ingredient in juices.

Ingredients:

– 3 mandarins

– 2 limes

– 3 apples

– 1 ginger root

Needed:

– slow juicer or centrifugal juicer

How to make it?

Peel all fruits and cut them in small pieces.

Juice all pieces and heat the juice up to boiling temperature.

Cool down to 75 degrees Celsius and put in a glass bottle.

Pour the juice in 2 glasses and enjoy some freshly squeezed vitamins :-)!

Apple citrus kiwi ginger heaven

As I have been travelling a lot, my juicer has been standing still for a while. However, last week I made a very nice fruit drink with ginger. Apple combined with some citrus fruits and kiwi gives a very nice sweet sour balance, combined with ginger to give it that spicy edge I love so much.

Ingredients:

– 3 apples

– 1 orange

– 4 limes

– 1 lemon

– 1 ginger

– 2 kiwis

Needed:

– juicer (I used my slow juicer)

How to make it?

Peel all fruits and the ginger and cut them in small pieces.

Juice everything in your juicer. Heat the juice up in a pot until boiling temperature. Boil for 5 min to sterilize the juice.

Cool down and put in a glass bottle to keep in the fridge.

Pour the juice in a glass and add some sparkling water to finish.

Enjoy! Some sunshine heaven in a glass 🙂

My honey cider – ready to be enjoyed

Last month I described how I made two types of cider (Cider made with special yeast). One with only apples and the other one with added honey.

After the yeast had been settled, I chilled both ciders. The honey cider was put on a keg, with the idea of force carbonating it. With this technique you force carbon dioxide into the cider without having to referment it. In this way you get a very fine sparkling cider without sediments in the bottle.

After one week of carbonation at fridge temperature, it was time to bottle my cider. I used my beer gun to bottle the sparkling cider.

I tried my beer gun now several times and am very happy with it. It works well and it is very easy to use once you know how to put it together. I also learned to over carbonate my beers or cider as you do loose some CO2 while bottling.

I used my beer gun to bottle the 18 liter of honey cider.

It was not so easy to find the right bottles, as I like white glass bottles for cider. However, they also have to withstand pressure. I found some bottles with a patent prop, and they work fine for cider.

After filling all bottles, I was happy that my first honey cider tasted very balanced. The flavor is a mix between apples and flowers and the taste is dry, but with full body and a hint of sweetness. Definitely the best cider recipe I have made so far :-).

Pomelo mixed drink

Before I went off to Singapore for a business trip, I made another freshly squeezed juice drink. As I feel that I need more vitamin C in winter, I decided to make a juice with Pomelo, which is a huge grapefruit variety.

The pomelo has quite a thick peel and the fruit itself is harder than a normal grapefruit. However, the taste is more sweet and not so bitter.

I used the pomelo for my next drink and used following fruits to blend it with:

Ingredients:

– 1 pomelo

– 3-4 kiwis

– 2-3 apples

– 1 lime

– 1 lemon

– ginger

Needed:

– slow juicer or centrifugal juicer

How to make it?

Peel and slice all fruits. Make sure to have small pieces as it is not so easy to juice citrus fruits in a slow juicer. Alternatively you can also juice the citrus fruits with a citrus press.

Juice everything and put in bottles. This time I didn’t boil the juice and that resulted in less hot ginger taste than the juices I made before.

The juice has a nice green color and tasted delicious. Kiwi, citrus, apple and ginger are a match made in heaven!

If you are joining ‘Tournee minerale’ in Belgium, this is a good alcoholfree alternative drink!

Cheers 😊!

Beetroot citrus drink

Another veggie drink for week 4, but with beetroot. Beetroot is a very thankful vegetable to make juice of. I was surprised to see how much juice you get from just 1.5 kg of beetroot. However, as it tastes very earthy and sweet, I have added some citrus fruit (lemon and orange) to balance the flavor and sweetness.

Ingredients:

– 1,5 kg beetroot

– 3 lemons

– 1 orange

Needed:

– slow juicer

How to make it?

Peel the beetroot, orange and lemons and cut them in small pieces.

Juice everything in your slow juicer. Put the juice in a pot to heat up to boiling temperature. Just look at the amazing color!

Let it boil for another minute and cool down to around 75 degrees Celsius before filling it in a glass bottle.

Pour the drink in two glasses and add some sparkling water on top.

The juice tastes very nice, but might still be a bit too earthy as it was quite a big amount of beetroot. I would recommend to add less beetroot and maybe 1 lemon more. Something to play with. However, beetroot is very healthy and the drink looks almost like a cocktail :-)!

I’ll have to give the beetroot another try soon, but was already pleased with the first try!

Carrot ginger drink

After two delicious summer drinks with ginger, it is time to try adding some vegetables to my alternative juice drinks. As a first one, I opted for adding carrots, as it is an easy veggie to juice, gives a nice sweet taste and the color is very pleasant. This is another drink with ginger, as I just love the taste of it. Ginger should also help against a cold, so that is perfect in winter time.

Ingredients:

– 500 g of carrots

– 1 apple

– 2 ginger roots

– 2 lime

Needed:

– slow juicer

How to make it?

Peel all the fruit, carrots and ginger. Cut everything in small pieces. Put everything through the juicer. The carrots contain a good amount of juice and you can check the quality of your juicer on the dryness of the leftover pieces coming out at the other end of your juicer.

Add the juice in a pot to heat it. The color is so lovely.

After cooling down the juice to around 75 degrees Celsius, bottle the juice and store cold.

Enjoy the juice with ice cubes and sparkling water. The taste of ginger is quite overpowering and the carrots add to the sweetness. A perfect way to ‘hide’ some veggies in a drink without tasting it ;-).

Cheers!

Going tropical – passion fruit mango lime drink

Did my ginger lime mandarin honey drink make you linger for summer? Well then I have an even more tropical drink for you to close your eyes and get the feeling you are lying on a beach with the sun giving that warming light we miss in wintertime.

Ingredients:

⁃ 2 mango’s

⁃ 4 passion fruits

⁃ at least 2 limes

Needed:

⁃ slow juicer (this recipe is unfortunately only usable if you have a fruit juicer of any kind – a centrifuge juicer also works)

How to make it?

Slice the peeled mango’s and limes.

Press the mango and lime pieces through your slow juicer. Do this slowly as mango takes some time to be juiced.

Put the juice in a cooking pot.

Halve the passion fruits and spoon the seeds into the mango-lime juice.

Heat the juice with passion fruit seeds to boiling temperature.

Let cool down to 75 degrees Celsius. Sieve the juice-seed mixture through a cooking sieve to get rid of the passion fruit seeds.

Pour the juice in a glass bottle.

Put the bottle in the fridge so the juice can further cook down. When completely cooled down, fill the juice in two glasses. Add some sparkling water and your juice is ready to drink! The juice will foam and look like a cocktail, but then without the alcohol :-).

The taste of mango combined with passion fruit and a hint of lime is heavenly!

Just give it a try 🙂