If it hasn’t already been obvious enough, my obsession with blood orange is very real. With that said, I’ve had a chance to experiment with very different and new flavour combinations that I’m so excited to share with you today!
With Liquid Culture, I’m always looking to stretch my comfort zone and try something new. I have been wanting to add something different to the health conscious section of LC and I figured I’d give Fennel a try. Fennel has never been a thing in my house hold, and after I bought the bulb I knew why. I find most people either love or hate the flavours of anise, and that is pretty much the distinct characteristic of this vegetable. Since I had written off anise for most of my life, I understood why I never really had it around, but with LC I never let my previous notion get in the way of trying something new.
For pairing advice and flavours, I referred to my favourite book ‘The Flavor Bible’, and because of it, I was able to create a healthy juice that I honestly love! An appreciation for anise has been restored and it really doesn’t need alcohol because the juice itself is OUTSTANDING on its own.
If you want to pair this juice with an alcohol, I would definitely recommend some Amaro or Amaretto. There’s a saying in the ‘What to drink with what to eat’ book and that is notion that ‘if it grows together, it goes together’. Learning that fennel is used in a lot of Italian cuisine, it makes sense to pair some of its liquors as well. Even an Amaretto sour with this juice would be outstanding. My only reservation against using Amaretto is that clear liquors is typically the healthier option, so be mindful of that. So keeping in line with a health conscious cocktail, I would definitely recommend a vodka to pair, and keep it to a 1:4 ratio.
Fennel, Blood Orange and Almond Juice
A delicious and healthy juice recipe that uses the power of anise to tie all its flavours together.
- ½ Fennel bulb, stalk and fronds - roughly chopped
- 1 Lemon freshly squeezed
- 3 tbsp Honey
- 3 Blood Oranges
- ½ Navel Orange
- ½ cup Almonds
- 3 Sprigs Mint
- ½ cup Water
Combine all ingredients in a juicer
If using a blender, make sure to squeeze out as much juice as possible and discard skins, and strain through a fine mesh strainer.