Rosemary-beet Health Punch
1 large beet (1 cup) peeled and quartered
(2-4) 7 inch long sprigs of rosemary
4 cups filtered or spring water – or enough to cover the rosemary and beets in the pitcher
2 cups of fresh squeezed orange juice – about 5 medium sized oranges.
Heat 4 cups of water to a boil in a pot or in a kettle. Place rosemary and the chopped beet in a large glass pitcher.
Pour boiled water over the rosemary and chopped beets in the pitcher. Stir.
(If heating water in a pot, take off heat and add the beets and rosemary directly into the pot.)
Cover and let steep for 3-5 hours, or until almost room temperature.
Strain beet and rosemary water into another container to remove the rosemary and beet pieces.
Rinse pitcher, then pour the beet juice back into the pitcher. Add orange juice and stir.
Enjoy now: Serve over ice.
Enjoy later: Place in fridge to chill. Serve with or without ice.
Get fancy: Add an orange slice and a small sprig of rosemary.
Serves 8-10 people. 1 pitcher of Rosemary-beet Health Punch.
Enhancing memory and concentration
Prevent brain aging
Protection against macular degeneration (Eyesight)
Helps prevent cancer
Full of vitamin C
high in potassium
Good source of folate and thiamine
About the Recipe:
I created this recipe when I was staying in Santa Barbara in the Spring of 2018. I was roasting some beets with rosemary. I had leftover beets and rosemary. I previously watched a video of a girl talking about drinking beet water. I thought I’ll just pour some hot water over these beets and make my own. I don’t remember how I got the idea to add the rosemary, but I ended up throwing a few sprigs in the pitcher as well. After it cooled down, I tried it. It needed a kick, so I added fresh squeezed orange juice. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it tasted. It was refreshing, interesting, and addicting. I first called it “Adult Kool-aid”, but I have since decided to call it “Rosemary-beet Health Punch”.
The easiest time to make this drink is when, like me, you are roasting beets with rosemary. Simply save a few beets and rosemary sprigs and start the beet/rosemary tea. Then the next day or hours later, add the fresh squeezed orange juice. This method makes the process and recipe seem effortless.
If you make it, let me know if you get addicted!
– Esther Curry