1 red-fleshed grapefruit
3 lemons (meyer lemons are the most fragrant)
1 valencia orange (again, more fragrant)
.125 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2" slice of gingerroot
8 tablespoon raw agave nectar
8 drop vanilla extract
2½ cup water or sparkling water
juice the citrus fruits and pour the juice into a jar. (i use the basic old-school citrus reamer for this…the membranes in the grapefruit are really bitter and if you just throw the whole peeled grapefruit into an electric juicer, it comes out wickedly bitter. juicing it manually means that the membranes are not part of the juice, and thus, the juice is very sweet and not at all bitter. many people do not know this and just swear off grapefruit…) coarsely chop the gingerroot and squeeze the juice (i stick it between 2 spoons to squeeze it) into the jar…you want about 10 drops. add the vanilla, agave nectar, and cayenne, cover, and shake. this makes a concentrate which can be stuck in the fridge until you’re ready to use it. sometimes i add more agave if i’m in the mood for something sweet, sometimes i add less.
i usually divide the concentrate between 2 big glasses and add the water or sparkling water. stir and drink up!
if you’re thinking the cayenne sounds gross and you wouldn’t even THINK of adding it…try it! you can’t taste it…it just adds a tiny bite that goes really well in the mixture. i first had cayenne in my lemonade at pure food & wine in NYC and that’s when i fell in love with it. everyone else at the table did, too…they drank all of mine and then ordered glasses of their own. boo!
this drink is GREAT for ailing people…vitamin c is much better absorbed by the body when it comes from a whole food source, rather than a supplement…just heat the water up to about 110 degrees (it cools a lot when mixed with the juice), add a little more cayenne, and voilá! nature’s theraflu! and it doesn’t even taste like s#@t! ;-)
my mother forces me to make this frequently. i go through phases sometimes where I NEED citrus fruit…like, i would sell my brother to slavery to get it…and this really hits the spot. maybe that’s why my brother loves this drink also.
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