Wild Blueberry-Ginger Juice

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cooking_light_cover_thumb_unwinJust one of the 120 new drink recipes from Chill: Deliciously Fresh Ways to Drink to your Health – a new recipe book by our friends at Cooking Light. To learn more about the inspiration behind Chill, visit our Wild About Health Blog where we interview two of the Cooking Light Chill team – Shaun Chavis, Foods Editor at Oxmoor House and Editor of Cooking Light Chill, and Allison Fishman Task, author of You Can Trust a Skinny Cook and spokesperson for Chill.

Wild Blueberry-Ginger Juice Picture

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 6 (2-inch-long) strips lemon rind
  • 4 cups wild blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 (10-ounce) bottles club soda, chilled
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon rind strips or lemon slices (optional)

Preparation

1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; let stand 15 minutes. Place pan in a large ice-filled bowl for 5 minutes or until cold. Pour syrup through a sieve into a pitcher; discard solids.

2. Place half of wild blueberries and grated ginger in a blender; process 20 seconds or until smooth. Pour wild blueberry puree through a sieve into pitcher, pressing with the back of a spoon to remove as much juice as possible; discard solids. Stir juice into syrup mixture. Repeat procedure with remaining wild blueberries and grated ginger. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

3. Gently stir club soda into wild blueberry mixture. Serve immediately over ice. Garnish with lemon rind strips or slices, if desired. Serves 5 (serving size: about 1 cup)

Nutritional Information per Serving

Nutrition

CALORIES 151; FAT 0.4g (sat 0.1g, mono 0.1g, poly 0.2g); PROTEIN 1g; CARB 38.7g; FIBER 3.2g; CHOL 0mg; IRON 0.4mg; SODIUM 26mg; CALC 17mg

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