....with citrus, aloe and cucumber. Enjoy a drink with a balance of sweet and sour that combines fruit and vegetable. Using only raw ingredients you can process this in a blender with ice to quench your thirst. For variation, the addition of some hot pepper adds an element of heat, if you want. Swizzle in an herbal sprig of lemon verbena to finish. —Sagegreen
pink Himalayan salt, for rims of glass, if desired
clementines (or other tangerines)
square inch piece of fresh aloe clear gel
inch peeled English cucumber, sliced thin
diced small piece of jalapeno or poblano pepper, deseeded, optional, to taste (@1/2 inch suggested)
Cut 2 lime wheels and save for garnish. If you want salted rims, wet the rims of the glasses with a bent lime slice. Pour the salt in a saucer and dip the glass rims in it until coated to your liking. Set aside.
Cut the clear gel out of a fresh aloe leaf by chopping off the sides and then cutting off the top and bottom green sheathing. Rinse with cool water to remove any yellowish secretions. See photo. Place in a blender.
Add the cucumber slices to the blender. If you want heat, add some pepper. Juice the clementines directly into the blender. Add the juice of one full lime. Pop in the crushed ice cubes. Process as you would a smoothie for about a minute.
Pour into the glasses. Garnish with lime wheels and herbal springs. Thai basil can substitute for lemon verbena.