Ahh, lemonade. For this week’s TGIF beverage, I’m featuring a spin on one of my favourite summertime childhood drinks. Yes, I know, it’s January, and while most of us wish we were off on a beach somewhere catching the rays, it’s just not always possible to pack up and leave reality.
Well, with this Boozy Beet & Pomegranate Lemonade, you can taste all the flavours of the sun while enjoying some of the best winter produce in season, like fresh blood oranges and pomegranate juice.?
Lately I’ve been making cold-pressed juices for myself every day in the afternoon, and more often than not a beet makes its way into the mix. Did you know that beets are delicious eaten raw? I love them in drinks, smoothies and salads, so I thought I would try them pureed into a cocktail. As it turns out, beet juicing has become quite a trend, even in mixology!
Another exciting event in my life as a foodie was that blood oranges finally made their way to the grocery store shelves this week in Toronto! I was so happy, I picked up a big $7 bag. The price is crazy, I know! However, it beats $8 for a head of cauliflower.?
Of course, citrus is still in season so I’m trying my best to buy as much as I can now while this produce is at its best. If you’ve never tried blood oranges before, you’re in for a treat! Available from the end of January to mid-March each year, blood oranges are a deep red colour and are a slightly less sweeter version of regular oranges, with a distinctive floral aftertaste. The colour and slight difference in taste really do make them special to me, and the fact that they’re really only available for two months also makes them even more enticing!?
Beet juice is really great at supporting the natural detoxification process in your body, so I figure that the juice and the alcohol really cancel each other out when you think about it. Of course, you can enjoy this drink as a mocktail, but who wants to do that…?
Will you be trying this Boozy Beet & Pomegranate Lemonade? How do you feel about using beets in a cocktail? Let me know me on Instagram and Twitter – I’d love to talk mixology!?
*Disclosure: Though this post isn’t sponsored, I was given some coupons from POM Wonderful to cover the cost of the pomegranate juice pictured in this recipe