How do you enjoy those traditional warm, cozy drinks that make the colder seasons brighter when you live near the equator? You adapt and make a raw, juiced version!
Here in Aruba, we don’t get to enjoy knitted sweaters and the beauty of leaves changing color after summer ends, but I do my best to get the fall-time feel anyway!
Since I can’t rely on the usual weather changes that mark the transition from summer to fall, I use my birthday! October 5th officially marks the start of autumn in my book.
Don’t get me wrong, having 365 days of warm sunshine is amazing! But I do miss the changing of the seasons a whole lot. Layering scarves, hats and chunky sweaters, playing in the snow and reading by the fire...it can be a nice (brief) vacation from the hot Caribbean!
To bring me back to fall in Sweden, this morning in the Yoga Girl® kitchen I enjoyed one of my favorite things about autumn: Apple Cider – with a raw, extra healthy twist, of course! Have you ever thought to add red bell peppers to apple cider? How about lemongrass? That may sound random, but I promise these added ingredients pair perfectly with the recipe (and make it even yummier!).
This is super easy to make. All you need is a juicer, or possibly a blender and a strainer. I do recommend all juice-lovers out there get your hands on a good juicer ASAP! I use my juicer every single day (whenever someone comes out with a self-cleaning one, let me know!).
If you’re not residing in the Caribbean like I am and the weather is actually starting to get chilly, you can even heat this up. It won’t be raw anymore, but it will still be nutritious and delicious!
The Yoga Girl® Kitchen - Raw Spiced Apple Cider
- 5 apples
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 ½ lemons
- Handful of green grapes
- 1 cm fresh ginger
- Few sprigs of lemon grass
- Generous dash of cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Pinch of cardamom
- Pinch of dried ginger
- Put the apples, red bell pepper, lemons, grapes, fresh ginger and lemongrass in the juicer. Start and finish with the apples to help get all the good stuff through! If you’re using a blender, then blend well and use a strainer (and patience).
- *If you’re a spice lover, add jalapeno to the juicer! I’m a wuss when it comes to spicy things, so I didn’t do it.
- Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and ginger to taste.
- Stir well, pour over ice and enjoy with a good book and cozy candle!
Let me know how yours turns out! Comment below!
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