This is a simple version of the "green drink," the juice blend touted by Dr. Oz that has become the standard basic green recipe for home juicing enthusiasts. Dr. Oz's version often includes celery, pineapple, parsley, and lemon and lime. All of these things are fine to include, but we omit them for simplicity's sake. The elements balance a bit easier with Pastis or absinthe without them, as the liqueur fills in for the brightness, sweetness and herbaceousness of citrus, pineapple and parsley. And then we add a nub of ginger for depth and zing.
There's no right blend or absolute measurements for juicing, and part of the delight is that each creation is a little different. André began juicing over a year ago (Tenaya likes her Vitamix instead), and uses the leftover solids to either bolster soups or add to his condo compost (beats hauling dirt up eight stories!).
The flavors in this drink are stunning, starting with bright anisette flavors and ending with earthy spice. The Pastis or absinthe brings all the vegetal characteristics into focus so you can taste the juiced produce.
- Half a small cucumber
- 3-4 kale leaves
- Big handful of spinach leaves
- 1 medium carrot
- 1 green apple, cored
- Small hunk of ginger
- 1/2 to 1 ounce Absinthe (St. George Absinthe Verte) or Pastis (Prado Pastis 45)
- Sprig of mint, for garnish
Juice the ingredients and pour into a chilled glass (do not use ice or the drink will lose body). Top with absinthe or Pastis and garnish with a sprig of mint.
The benefits of juicing are many, including getting nutrients and minerals swiftly into the body as well as assisting in weight loss.