• 4

    Servings

  • Alcohol-free

  • No refined sugar

  • Prep Time 10'

  • Total Time 15'

Refreshing citrus and aloe vera mocktail recipe

  • 4

    Servings

  • Alcohol-free

  • No refined sugar

  • Prep Time 10'

  • Total Time 15'

Who said you had to wait until the New Year to start a wholesome journey, putting real foods into your body? The new you can start right now. Around the holidays is typically the time people put their health on the back burner, but it is an important time to prioritise eating well.

Whether you live in New York, London, or Paris, Christmas time boldly illuminates the deepest winter months with delicate and dazzling beads of light on every street. Their glows softly remind us that this time of year is to be spent with family and friends. It is such a magical season and we want everyone to be healthy and happy.

It is quite amazing how certain tastes and aromas have the ability to bring us back to a certain point in time. In countries where citrus grows naturally everybody knows the best time of year to use oranges and mandarins in the preparation of food and drink. For my family, that time was Christmas time. So now, anything with citrus seems reminds me of Christmas time. I can vividly remember my brother and I bundled up by the fire listening to Christmas music as our mom and dad were cooking up our favorite holiday dishes.

I always bring back these flavours for my own Christmas. A nice pomegranate and citrus cocktail never disappoint. I like to add a little twist every year, this season I am complimenting the oranges and pomegranates with a couple of Erbology Organic Aloe Vera Shots.

This combination is especially great around the holidays. For many, Christmas traditions involve alcohol and lots of acidic foods such as pastries and meats. Citrus and aloe vera have amazing health benefits. Both are great alkaline foods that will help to keep your body balanced and functioning during this busy season. Citruses are also full of vitamin C that can help boost your immune system and prevent sore throats on a cold winter day.

It is way more fun to make your own juice. That way you can combine the fruits you want and adjust the sweetness as you desire. When you go to the store or market to pick fresh fruit, always go with the ones that you feel heavy for their size. They are the juiciest! When you make juice, it is up to you whether or not you want to keep the pulp. A juice press works best if you do not want pulp but you can also juice by hand! It is really simple, you will be pleasantly surprised.

No cocktail is complete without a nice garnish. I added cucumber sticks for my decorations. The cucumber taste blends perfectly with aloe vera and also looks quite nice. These cocktails are almost too pretty to drink!

The benefits of aloe vera

Our aloe vera is extracted from the inner leaf of the plant. It is refreshing, cleansing and alkalising.

We need alkalizing foods in our diets to maintain balanced pH levels in our blood. Ideally, we strive for a pH level somewhere around 7.4. Too far outside this range has negative implications for our wellbeing. At a healthy pH level, our blood can effectively transport oxygen and other vital nutrients we need to function (1). When pH levels are balanced, we experience great health benefits. For example, our energy levels tend to be higher. This is because alkalizing the body helps to combat the build-up of lactic acid at the tissue level, making extra energy available for the things we love. Additionally, the acid and mineralization levels in the body impact the quality of our hair, skin, and nails.

Our body is comprised of many chemical reactions, during which molecules are broken down and reorganized. To be stable, our molecules require a certain number of electrons. If they are missing an electron and are unbalanced, they are considered “free radicals”. Free radicals can cause harm by reacting with other molecules and damaging them or turn more of them into free radicals. The antioxidants in aloe vera help to neutralize free radicals and prevent unnecessary harm (2).

The inner leaf of aloe vera is also rich in acemannan polysaccharides. It happens to be the component that differentiates aloe vera from all the other species of the aloe plant. A polysaccharide is a large molecule composed of smaller, simple sugars called monosaccharides. Most health benefits that we associate with aloe vera can be attributed to this single component. For example, acemannan has been studied for its wound healing properties, as well as support of immune and digestive systems (3).

Written By: Danielle Bear

(1) Overall, Best Diets. “Acid Alkaline Diet .” S. News & World Report, U.S. News & World Report, health.usnews.com/best-diet/acid-alkaline-diet.

(2) Lobo, V., et al. “Free Radicals, Antioxidants and Functional Foods: Impact on Human Health.” Pharmacognosy Reviews, Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd, 2010, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3249911/.

(3) Moriyama, Mariko, et al. “Beneficial Effects of the Genus Aloe on Wound Healing, Cell Proliferation, and Differentiation of Epidermal Keratinocytes.” PLoS ONE, Public Library of Science, 2016, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5063354/.

Ingredients

  • 2 Erbology Organic Aloe Vera Shot (40 ml)
  • Juice from 6 medium oranges
  • Juice from 2 pomegranates
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 2 cucumber cornichons for decoration
  • 2 tsp coconut nectar (optional)

Here's how you do it

    1. Juice oranges and lime using either a food processor or a manual juicer.
    2. Press the pomegranates. If you don’t have a special pomegranate press, simply cut them in halves then put in a flat-bottomed bowl, press with the bottom of a glass and strain the liquid. The juice should come out easily.
    3. Place the juices in separate containers until you are ready to serve.
    4. You can use lime to adjust the sweetness of your cocktail. You can also add some coconut nectar for some more sweetness.
    5. Mix the two juices and add in the aloe vera shot.
    6. Add cucumbers for a nice garnishing and serve straight away.
    Note: If you want to make a bigger batch and serve later, always add aloe vera just before serving your cocktail, so it can preserve its nutrients.

Tags

  • Alkalizing
  • Aloe vera
  • Beta-carotene
  • Booster
  • Cleansing
  • Shots
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E

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