beet and cranberry juice spritzers for valentine’s day

valentine’s day is all about red and pink things, but to me it doesn’t make sense to use nasty old food coloring when there are plenty of tasty and natural sources to create beautiful color.

after months of working at a juice bar i developed a love for beet juice.  it’s sweet and detoxifying and tastes great with lemon or apple juice (but be careful, it stains!)  i paired it with cranberry juice to even out the intense flavor and added some soda water to help lighten it’s thick consistency. this drink is perfect for a romantic homemade valentine’s dinner with your sweetie.

beet and cranberry juice spritzers
1 part beet juice
2 parts cranberry juice
1 part soda water

juice your beets with a juicer if you have one.  if not you can definitely pick some up at a juice bar, or you might be able to get some pre-packaged at a health food store, it just won’t be as fresh.

it takes a lot longer, but what i do to get juice out of any root vegetable is grate it really fine and put all of the shreads in a straining bag, then squeeze.  i didn’t wear gloves, so my hands ended up looking bloody – which is kind of perfect considering it’s friday the 13th – it’s worth it for fresh juice.  and you can use the left over pulp in veggie patties or grill it up as mock carne for tacos or burritos.

mix up the juices and soda water proportionally in as big a batch as you’d like.  it’s best if mixed fresh to keep it bubbly.  i cut little beet slices into hearts with a pair of scissors for garnish, and you can always spike the drink with a little vodka if you prefer an adult version.  enjoy!

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7 Responses to “beet and cranberry juice spritzers for valentine’s day”
  1. Christabel says:

    Awesome! What a great idea!

  2. sunee says:

    Thank you. best information for me.

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