This drink is more than just a beverage it is a true tonic. Definitions of the word range from ‘a medicine that invigorates or strengthens’ to ‘anything invigorating physically, mentally, or morally’. Both are apt descriptions for this drink, inspired by a similar commercial beverage, Tumeric Elixir of Life. Whether you buy it or make it, you’ve got to try this Turmeric Anti-Inflammation Tonic! Continue reading
Manhattanhenge, a coconut water-based cocktail with mint and ginger was inspired by an ABC Kitchen libation. The name however, was inspired by a natural Manhattan event. Manhattanhenge, coined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, occurs twice each year when the setting sun aligns perfectly with the Manhattan east-west street grid. The result is a stunning glow reflecting off the north and south sides of each cross street. The next Manhattanhenge falls on May 29th and then again on July 12th. This event is a photographer’s dream and an exquisite natural phenomenon. Surely it deserves a cocktail in its honor. I’ll drink to that. Continue reading
One of the best things about juicing is the vibrant colors. I can’t resist the bright magenta of beet juice. Raw and unpeeled is also the best form to maximize the many health benefits of beets, such as detoxification and anti-inflammatory support . Further, just one cup of beetroot juice is rich in dietary nitrate, which lowers blood pressure by relaxing blood vessel walls and improves blood flow . Beetroot juice can also enhance athletic performance by reducing the amount of oxygen needed during exercise . Go red! Continue reading
Inspired by the ‘Good for Everything Tea’ at an organic, vegan restaurant in the East Village, this drink is a simple twist on classic ginger tea. It is a constant companion during my monthly detox, an illness or cold weather. I make a quart or more and sip on it all day. Served hot or cold, this drink provides an immune boost and helps clear nasal and lung congestion. The honey option will also help soothe a sore throat. Don’t be too cautious with the cayenne. This drink is not the same without it! Serves 2-4.
Ginger has been used for centuries to reduce nausea and inflammation. Research shows this pungent rhizome to be as effective as over the counter medication for reducing menstrual cramps, motion sickness and inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis. Yet, that tough, brownish flesh always requires more time and patience to remove than I have to deal with it on a daily basis.
When, I started adding ginger into my juices, I noticed that the ginger fibers clogged the juicer and clean-up took longer. After I kept finding abandoned ginger corpses in my refrigerator, I started juicing ginger in bulk. It now seems a small luxury to always have this culinary and health pick-me-up ready to go. I use my ginger cubes in drinking water, smoothies, fresh juices, green tea, ginger-lemon tea and the occasional cocktail. Continue reading