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Earlier this year, our Test Kitchen Manager, Pat, went on a week-long vacation to Playa del Carmen, Mexico with her husband. They danced, laid by the beach, drank and enjoyed numerous beachside cocktails. It sounded like a week in paradise, and as Pat relayed story after tropical story, I started to get a little jealous she got to spend a week on the beach while the rest of us stayed home and went to work.

Playa del Carmen Cocktail from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

But truly, it was great to hear these stories and be transported back to paradise. Pat told me about a cocktail she had in Playa del Carmen, that was sweet and tangy, with lots of citrus and a cool blue wash of color. I thought back to my days as a bartender and together we recreated her favorite drink as closely as possible. The freshly juiced citrus melds perfectly with the sweetness of the pineapple, creating a tropical base for the rest of your cocktail.

Tip: You can make this with bottled juice, but we highly recommend using a juice extractor to get the freshest juice you can. The difference in taste is absolutely worth the bit of extra effort.

Playa del Carmen Cocktail from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Coconut rum is next, then the whole thing is shaken and strained into serving glasses with ice. The last ingredient is what makes the drink so much fun: blue curacao. Pour it over a spoon to prevent it from sinking to the bottom, creating a layered effect. Garnish with an orange slice and you’re all set. You’ve got a drink that looks good, smells amazing and tastes like vacation on the Mexican Riviera.

Until I can make it on another beach vacation, I’ll have to make do with the hot, southern sun and the humid summer weekends. I’ll go to the river, swim in the pool and try to make the best of what I’m given. It’s not Mexico, but the imagination can run wild when you let it, so I plan to mimic a beach vacation by making this amazing cocktail at home. Then I’ll just take a sip, close my eyes and let myself feel the sun on my shoulders and the sand in my toes as I’m transported back to the beaches of Playa del Carmen.

Playa del Carmen Cocktail from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Playa del Carmen
SERVES: 2

Ingredients
1 large orange, peeled
1 medium lime, peeled
1 medium lemon, peeled
1-inch thick slice fresh pineapple
1 1/2 ounces coconut rum
1 ounce blue curaçao
Instructions
Cut orange and lemon as needed to fit through the chute of the juice extractor.
Juice the orange, lemon and lime; set aside. Juice the pineapple; set aside.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 1/4 cup each citrus mixture and pineapple. Pour in rum.
Shake and pour into a glass. Add ice, if desired. Pour blue curaçao over top and let gradually mix into the drink. Serve immediately. Repeat for second drink.
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Strawberry Lemon Sparkling Water from Everyday Good Thinking / @HamiltonBeach

Sparkling water is one of my all-time favorite drinks. It tastes great, and it’s an easy way to get those “8 glasses of water a day” we keep hearing about. Plus, it’s the perfect way to get the fizz you crave if you’re trying to reduce your soda intake. I love sparkling water made with the SodaStation™ on its own, but if you’d rather have a little more oomph to your water, try adding fruit or juice like we did here. The strawberries and lemon give this water a refreshing kick – perfect for spring and summer – and it looks beautiful! It makes the perfect accompaniment to a cookout, picnic, or meal outside by the grill. Try adding different combinations of fruit to your water to see what you like best and take boring water to a whole new level.

Strawberry Lemon Sparkling Water from Everyday Good Thinking / @HamiltonBeach

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Strawberry Lemon Sparkle
SERVES: 4

Ingredients
10 large strawberries, hulled
1 large lemon, peeled
Sparkling water
Instructions
Cut lemon as needed to fit through the chute of the juice extractor.
Juice the strawberries and lemon in the order listed.
Stir. Place 1/4 cup mixture in a tall glass with ice.
Add 1 cup sparkling water and serve immediately.
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Beet Orange Ginger Carrot Juice from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.comFreshly made juice is ever-growing in popularity, and as it does, people are becoming more adventurous with their ingredients. Long gone are the days of just apple or orange juice. Now, there are so many creative blends that deliver on health AND flavor – a welcome combination!

Beet Orange Ginger Carrot Juice from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

One of my favorite fruit and vegetable fusions is this juice with beets, oranges, carrots and ginger. It has a gorgeous color, thanks to those beets and carrots, and it has a zingy kick from the ginger. I love waking up to this invigorating juice, and it makes a great energy booster in the afternoon, too.

Beet Orange Ginger Carrot Juice from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

 


Beet, Orange, Ginger and Carrot Juice
SERVES: 2

We use the Big Mouth® Juice Extractor for the convenience of its extra-wide chute, reliable efficiency and no-fuss cleanup.
Ingredients
1 large beet, trimmed
1 medium orange, peeled
3 medium carrots
1/4-inch thick slice fresh ginger (about 1-inch diameter)
Instructions
Add beet, orange and carrots through the chute of the juice extractor to juice the ingredients.
Stir and serve immediately.
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In the spirit of refreshing our minds and bodies for a new year ahead, we can’t help but think about juicing as a great way to reinvigorate for 2014. These three healthy juice recipes are absolutely delicious – full of vegetables to reboot and recharge your system from the inside out. For more information on juicing, plus lots of tips and advice, read our January Juicing Tips post.

Squashed Pear Juice from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 


Squashed Pear
SERVES: 1

Ingredients
2 large carrots
1 large pear
1/2 yellow squash
Instructions
Cut carrots, pear and squash as needed to fit through the chute of the juice extractor.
Juice the ingredients in the order listed.
Stir and serve immediately.
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Dawn Delight juice recipe from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 


Dawn Delight Red Juice
SERVES: 1

Ingredients
3 large celery ribs with leaves
1 large beet, peeled
1 large Granny Smith apple
Instructions
Cut beet and apple as needed to fit through the chute of the juice extractor.
Juice the ingredients in the order listed.
Stir and serve immediately.
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Ginger Zing from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 


Ginger Zing
SERVES: 1

Ingredients
2 large carrots
1/2 large apple
1/4-inch slice fresh ginger (1-inch diameter)
Instructions
Cut carrots and apple as needed to fit through the chute of the juice extractor.
Juice ginger first, then carrots and apple.
Stir and serve immediately.
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Juicing Information
For an interesting infographic all about juicing, click here.

Additional Recipes
For a list of juicing recipes from the Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen, click here.

Juice Extractors
For more information on juice extractors offered by Hamilton Beach, click here.



January Juicing Tips from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

It’s not always easy to eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. That’s why so many people love juicing. It’s one of the easiest ways to increase your daily intake of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients found in these healthful foods. Whether you are juicing to lose weight, feel more energetic, improve your overall health or just to make super fresh bloody mary mix, our tips will help make the world of juicing a little more familiar to you.

Some health proponents believe juicing is a great way to boost nutrition in the typical Western diet. These experts and the USDA all agree a key recommendation for improving health is to “increase vegetable and fruit intake” and “eat a wide variety of vegetables, especially dark green and red and orange vegetables and beans and peas.” (USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, page 34.)

What are other benefits to juicing aside from nutrition? When you juice at home, you will be able to capture the freshest taste possible and you can combine different types of produce to create interesting flavor combinations. For example, if you dislike kale, but know it’s good for you, you can juice it with sweet fruits such as berries and apples to make the taste more palatable. You might even surprise yourself and fall in love with it!

January Juicing Tips from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Preparation

Wash produce thoroughly before juicing. Peel any citrus fruits or thick-skinned fruits or vegetables. Remove any large seeds or pits.

Save the Pulp

The pulp that’s left behind after juicing contains lots of healthy fiber, which can be used in many ways. For example, apples and pears contain pectin fiber, which is great for thickening and gently sweetening recipes. Pulp can be used in soups, stocks, casseroles, and desserts to add more flavor and nutrition. Similar to juice, pulp should be used immediately or frozen for later use.

More Juicing Tips

  • Juicing avocados or bananas produces a puree rather than a juice.
  • Leafy vegetables will process more easily if formed into compact balls or rolls before inserting them into the food chute.
  • One pound of produce usually yields one cup (8 ounces) of juice.
  • If you are working with large quantities of fruits and vegetables, you may need to stop the juice extractor to empty the pulp bin and rinse the cutter/strainer. Doing so will ensure you get the maximum amount of extraction possible.
  • Use a sieve, coffee filter or layer of cheesecloth to strain juice if you want to remove foam or create a clearer juice.
  • Juice should be served immediately because the flavor and nutrient content decreases rapidly when juices are stored.
  • You can store fresh juice in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Separation is normal.
  • Substitute fruit or vegetable juices for stock or water in cooking.
  • Some pulp remaining in juice is normal; it increases the flavor and nutritive value.
  • The softer the texture of a fruit or vegetable, the thicker the juice it will produce. The juice extracted from these fruits, such as apricots, peaches, pears, melons and strawberries is known as nectar.

 

Juicing Information
For an interesting infographic all about juicing, click here.

Recipes
For a list of juicing recipes from the Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen, click here.

Juice Extractors
For more information on juice extractors offered by Hamilton Beach, click here.