I started drinking beet juice about a year ago, when my brother got me the book Dr. Cocktail by Alex Ott. It’s a cocktail, well, a “restorative juice” as I like to call it, because the alcohol added is optional. Usually I have this the morning after I have indulged in too much—alcohol or otherwise.
Beets are helpful in restoring the health of your heart, liver and pancreas. It also helps rebuild damaged tissue cells, and detoxifies your blood, restoring it with natural sugars and minerals. Sounds like a great way to heal a hangover from the inside out, doesn’t it? I also love drinking this about this time of year when I feel like all I’ve been doing is eating red meat and deep fried turkey and washing it all down with sugar cookies. I think in the act of doing one thing healthy, it helps reset my whole parameters. I start to regain self control, and that feels good.
This beet juice is a little different then the earthy thick stuff served up at your local juice bar. It’s made in the blender, so no fancy equipment needed (a plus!) and you mix the beets up with filtered water, cranberries (or raspberries), honey and ground or fresh ginger.
Then you strain it, so you end up with a light frothy drink that is easy to put down when you feel like…uh, you can’t keep anything down. The ginger is great for your upset stomach and to add zest to the beets, and the berries add sweetness and antioxidants. I always seem to have frozen cranberries (again, this time of year!) and so it’s easiest for me to add in a handful of those, but you can use raspberries too.
I really love this honey. It tastes so much richer then other honey I’ve tried. It’s raw and unfiltered, which really makes a difference. It’s called Heavenly Honey from Eugene, OR, and no, I’m not paid to say that. It just IS.
- 2 medium sized red beets, skin on but well scrubbed
- 20 ounces filtered water
- 12-16 frozen cranberries or 14 fresh or frozen raspberries
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon honey (raw and unfiltered if possible)
- Cube up the beets and put them in a blender. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend on high until liquified. Pour through a fine mesh strainer. If you want an absolutely cold drink, pour the juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake until very cold (30 seconds) then strain into a tall glass. I love the beet juice just as it is out of the blender, or simply poured over ice.
- You can also make this into a smoothie by blending the juice with ice at the start.
- Refrigerate any leftover juice for up to a day. You may need to shake or stir to combine again before serving.