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  • 6

    Servings

  • Prep Time

    Prep Time 10'

  • Total Time

    Total Time 15'

  • Alcohol-free

    Alcohol-free

  • Easy

    Easy

Sage, orange and aronia mocktail recipe

  • 6

    Servings

  • Prep Time

    Prep Time 10'

    PT10M
  • Total Time

    Total Time 15'

    PT15M
  • Alcohol-free

    Alcohol-free

  • Easy

    Easy

Vegan

Fruit machines

Firstly, the abundance of fruit-based concoctions is a plus in our book.  Certainly we’re among these annoying (until you become one….) people who like to start the day with a gingery juice, breakfast on an acai bowl, and make a fruit salad for dessert after our salad lunch. However, even we have to admit that it brings up new challenges.  For instance, as pleasant as it might be for a day or two, you don’t want your entire life to turn into one long blur of fruit.  That is to say, you start to try and make each fruity dish or drink in your day distinctive. 

Meanwhile, this is something that only heightens if you are looking to reduce your intake of alcohol and to replace them with something else that marks the moment in a similar way that a wee drinkie-poo does. That is to say, we will always love a good bottle of wine enjoyed with friends, or a sharp gin and tonic at the weekend. But when those treats begin to turn into coping strategies to get through most days, we know it’s time to look elsewhere for relief and pleasure.

All of this is to say that this mocktail recipe was refreshing and very welcome.  For example, the addition of sage matures the tried-and-true combination of orange and lemon.  Further, we don’t know about you, but there isn’t much sage can do wrong in our book.  That is to say, its musky, slightly bitter flavour awakens and encompasses.

The star ingredients

An  Erbology Organic Aronia and Sea Buckthorn Shot adds subtlety and complexity of flavour, as well as a real boost of nutrients.  More on this in a bit!  Finally, cinnamon in combination with the other ingredients really serves to distinguish this mocktail from your basic juices and smoothies, even if you don’t regularly make basic anything!

In conclusion, this is a mixture you will feel right at home sipping while red-lipsticked, high-heeled, surrounded by dimmed lights and the welcome erosion of the day’s issues and banalities.

 

 

Sage, orange and aronia mocktail recipe
Sage, orange and aronia mocktail recipe
Sage, orange and aronia mocktail recipe
Sage, orange and aronia mocktail recipe

Aronia and sea buckthorn

Aronia berries, or chokeberries, contain a remarkably high concentration of polyphenols, especially anthocyanins and phenolic acids (1).  Certainly, research has looked at the how polyphenols disinfect the bloodstream and the body. Additionally, phenols are also thought to promote the healing of wounds, reduce inflammation and improve the elasticity of blood vessels (2,3,4). Specifically, the polyphenols in aronia have been shown to protect the body from the cellular damage caused by carcinogens found in alcohol (5).  In short, yet another reason to resort to this mocktail if you’re feeling the negative effects of too many nights out.

In turn, sea buckthorn berries are packed with vitamin C and E and beta-carotene. Most notable in our book is the concentration of omega-7 found in sea buckthorn berries. Certainly, this essential fatty acid is rarely found in plants,but helps fight the harmful effects of the metabolic syndrome.  Moreover, it keeps our mucous membranes healthy (6,7,8).

References

(1) Tolić, Mandica-Tamara, et al. “Phenolic Content, Antioxidant Capacity and Quality of Chokeberry (Aronia Melanocarpa) Products.” Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, June 2015, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC...

(2) Wu, X, et al. “Characterization of Anthocyanins and Proanthocyanidins in Some Cultivars of Ribes, Aronia, and Sambucus and Their Antioxidant Capacity.” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry., U.S. National Library of Medicine, 29 Dec. 2004, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15612766.

(3) Myocardial Infraction (MI).” Atherosclerosis., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Oct. 2007, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17320090.

(4) “Phenols.” Phenols – an Overview | ScienceDirect Topics, www.sciencedirect.com/topics...

(5) Naruszewicz, M, et al. “Combination Therapy of Statin with Flavonoids Rich Extract from Chokeberry Fruits Enhanced Reduction in Cardiovascular Risk Markers in Patients after Myocardial Infraction (MI).” Atherosclerosis., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Oct. 2007, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17320090.

(6) “Called Nature’s Healer.” Benefits, usaaronia.com/benefits.html.

(7) Zielińska, Aleksandra, and Izabela Nowak. “Abundance of Active Ingredients in Sea-Buckthorn Oil.” Lipids in Health and Disease, BioMed Central, 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC...

(8) Omega-7 An Overlooked Fatty Acid.” LifeExtension.com, www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2016/5...

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Here's how you make it

  1. Firstly, start by juicing the oranges using a basic orange juicer.
  2. Secondly, wash, peel and cut the carrots into medium pieces.
  3. Subsequently, put the orange juice and carrots in a high-speed blender. Cut 6 fresh sage leaves and add them into the blender. Add the cinnamon as well.
  4. Additionally, blend well until everything is smooth.
  5. Further, use a strainer to eliminate pulp from the juice. (Omit this step if you want pulp).
  6. In conclusion, place it in nice cocktail glasses and add sage leaves and orange slices as decoration. Enjoy!

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