Get the good times rollin’ with an Aloe-El!August 2, 2013 -- Published by Tara Shinn
Extracting aloe gel from a plant can be time consuming, sticky and slightly dangerous if you don’t remove the entire yellow latex layer from the gel sac (it’s poisonous in small quantities), but with all new aloe drinks on the market today, adding aloe to your cocktails is simpler than ever! Aloe juice is packed with vitamins and minerals, and is even said to combat acid reflux, improve complexion and aid in digestion, so today I have a refreshing summer cocktail recipe that is sure to be get the good times rolling, the:
In a cocktail tin, squeeze in 1/4 oz of fresh lime juice (usually about 1/2 a juicy lime), and 1/4 oz agave nectar. You can buy agave nectar in any supermarket nowadays, and it usually comes in 2 different shades: light and amber. For this recipe we’ll be using light agave so the flavor of the aloe isn’t over powered. Cap the tin and dry shake (shake without ice) a few times to mix, then pour into a tall glass with ice. Add 1 1/4 oz Clique Vodka, 2 oz of aloe juice (the brand doesn’t matter, but I like the ones with aloe chunks in them), and top with 1 oz of soda water. Growing aloe is easy and convenient- you can use it to treat dry skin, burns, and as a spectacular garnish for the Aloe-El, so trim off a healthy stalk, and use it to stir the cocktail. If you don’t have an aloe plant, or want an additional garnish, take a large mint leaf and hold it flat in the palm of your hand. Firmly smack it with your other hand to release the aromatic oils and stand it up against the inside of the glass.
This refreshing lo-cal cocktail recipe is great for hot summer days, and for more creative cocktail recipes and expert tips be sure to check out the MixBook !