Post-winter blues getting you down? It’s time to shake things up and we don’t mean behind the bar. Introducing three wonderful – and maybe a little weird – concoctions mixed up by Jack Graham. As the master juice mixologist (yes that’s a thing) over at hip London health hang-out Raw Press, there’s no one better for the job. Thought argan oil was just for your hair? Think again.
Let’s get mixing…
MUSHROOM ESPRESSO MARTINI
After soaking the almonds, blend them with dates, vanilla beans, Himalayan sea salt and coconut water, which really refines the flavour and makes it extra delicious.
Once strained and chilled, finish off this wonderful and earthy espresso martini with a shot of coffee and a dusting of medicinal mushroom powder. Reishi mushrooms are the most famous of all the medicinal mushrooms; they have been used historically to strengthen the immune system, relieve stress and cleanse the liver. Winning.
Say goodbye to your morning cappuccino and spruce up your cocktail repertoire; this is one mineral-rich jet fuel that you can definitely feel good about!
15g soaked almonds
1/2 medium-sized soaked and pitted dates
A pinch of sea salt
A drop of vanilla extract
125ml raw coconut water
1/2 shot of coffee (preferably cold-brew)
1g powdered reishi mushrooms
Blend all the ingredients together except the coffee and the medicinal mushroom until smooth and creamy, strain through a nut milk bag or muslin cloth, mix in the coffee and the mushroom powder, and serve or chill for up to three days.
Incorporating carrot, orange, fennel, turmeric, ginger and argan oil, our Uprooted juice is sweet and spicy, with a really unusual combination of ingredients.
Turmeric is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that ordinarily isn't that well absorbed into the body, but is fat-soluble. It therefore becomes even more potent when combined with argan oil, which itself boasts numerous benefits including lowering bad cholesterol. Fennel and ginger calm the stomach, while carrots and oranges (rich in vitamins A and C) encourage clear skin.
The Uprooted juice is one of our most popular concoctions, and here we are taking it to the next level with some fresh chilli and the addition of Seedlip’s non-alcoholic spirit, Spice 94, boasting botanicals of allspice, cardamom, oak, lemon and grapefruit.
RECIPE – 250ML LONG DRINK
3 carrots (approximately) (c.300g)
1 fennel bulb (c.100g)
150ml freshly squeezed orange juice
5g fresh turmeric root
5g fresh ginger root
1tsp argan oil
1 shot of Seedlip 94
A pinch of freshly chopped red chilli to garnish
SHOT IN THE DARK
The sea buckthorn berry contains some of the highest amounts of vitamin C found in fruit. They have a strong citrusy aroma and have become naturalised around Britain’s coastlands.
Activated charcoal is another ingredient that has been super-popular in juicing circles over the past year or two, and is the perfect way to detoxify the system from various toxins.
A pinch of activated charcoal powder
1 tsp sea buckthorn juice, or 5 or 6 dried berries crushed in a pestle and mortar
15ml aloe vera juice
15ml raw coconut water