Why not introduce a little superfood into your drink with this kale cocktail? It is a great way to showcase the sweet earthy taste of kale.
Kale burst onto our dinner plates in a frenzy of frothy green leaves. It is not just a vegetable for show, kale is a trendy superfood. Delicious, versatile and a great source of vitamin A. It is not just carrots that help you see in the dark. Gone are the days of soggy cabbage, the delicious earthy tones of kale work well with many dishes.
Next week (2nd – 8th October 2017) is London cocktail week. Discover Kale gave me the challenge of creating a cocktail recipe which includes kale. To help me with the challenge I was sent a cocktail making kit. I came up with a simple and delicious cocktail which is perfect for a Friday night.
If you are looking for inspiration for recipes to make with kale Discover Kale is a great resource. Not only does the website have plenty of recipes. You will also find kale facts, nutrition information and much more.
To create a cocktail with kale you need kale juice. Well you could make a cocktail with some curly kale leaves sticking out but it wouldn’t have the same taste. Luckily I own a juicer which makes it really easy to make juice from kale leaves. If you don’t have a juicer you can use a blender and strain the mixture through a sieve to remove the pulp.
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In recent times juicing has become very much a thing. Juice diets are part of a detox and lose weight regime. Green juice is meant to pack a power punch of vitamins in one glass. Why not combine the craze for juicing with alcohol and create a healthy cocktail? Enjoy the weekend with less guilt. The only question to answer is what should I use with kale to make the perfect cocktail.
I chose the name “A whiter shade of kale” for my cocktail. It seems apt. The colour of the kale is paler due to mixing with the other ingredients. I chose to use apples and a lime with a splash of gin for my other ingredients. The kale integrates perfectly into the drink adding several layers of herbal complexity to the taste. The apples and lime add a little sweetness which works perfectly with the kale.
The drink has a lovely flavour. Sweet overtones with a darker earthy background from the kale and a kick of alcohol from the gin. It is the perfect drink to start the weekend. You can feel virtuous that you are drinking a superfood whilst still enjoying a tipple. Just don’t over do it. It doesn’t feel alcoholic so the effect can creep up on you.
I chose to use Pin Gin in this cocktail, created by Bottomley Distillers. They are a Lincolnshire based Gin producer and they have made a unique and enticing gin with a special flavour. I am not a great gin lover, often finding it too aromatic. This gin is lovely however and set the cocktail off perfectly.
The recipe is really easy to make. Remove the cores from three apples, peel a lime and take a handful of kale. Put these into a juicer and let it make juice. Add a measure of gin into a glass and mix with the juice. You can add ice if you wish.
A delicious and tasty cocktail with gin, apple, lime and kale juice.
Have you tried a kale cocktail? What did you think? Let me know below.
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Linking up to the kitchen clearout linky on Madhouse Family Reviews as I used up some apples that were past the best.