While Juice Nation’s London Embassy is a perfect place to catch the summer rays of summer sun, this year, like many others, there has mainly been rain. Olympic London is an exhausted, overstretched, paranoid and angry sponge. A sponge filled to capacity with rain, sweat and grey, sludgy muck. We’ve all got a duty to try to squeeze something out of that sponge, even if it’s just the bits around us, so we don’t get too wet. Today, our method of doing this was to experiment with a juice compound we hadn’t tried before, Peach AND Apricot (PANDA). We got the raw ingredients from a local Turkish supermarket, just under £2 for 500g of Paraguyan flat peaches and 500g of Spanish apricots, both were graded class 2 quality and looked and tasted decent.

The flat peaches, a stunted, almost mushroom-like in appearance, variety we haven’t seen in the UK before, were at the earliest stage of ripeness. The standard apricots at their latest, so juicy the stones could be squeezed out by pinching the fruit with thumb and forefinger. The main sweetness in the juice came from the pulpy apricots with the peaches adding a sweet/savoury accent. Five flat peaches and nine apricots were juiced through the JN masticating juicer. The juice wasn’t filtered and the ripeness of the apricots gave a very pulpy juice, we got approx 400ml.

The first flavour that came to mind on tasting the fresh juice was carrot, perhaps the influence of the colour a deep, vibrant orange, but the juice had an earthy sweetness. There was also an echo of pineapple, a piña colada flashback. The peach flavour stood out well within the apricot sweetness and the combination is distinct. To further dabble with this batch, we diluted the 300ml juice with 250ml of water, this made the compound more drinkable, there was still a full flavour. The juice of half a lime put an accent on the sweetness, as well as heightening the distant neon of the half-forgotten cocktail bar. A dash of imported Jamaican over-proof rum created an interesting but far from perfect juice cocktail. The super-sweet, pungeunt spirit almost sat a bit awkwardly with the juice drink, getting on, but only just. After this test juice we plan to try the PANDA compound with both carrot and pineapple juice, as well as maybe some coconut milk and some rum.

Juice Incoming

April 28, 2011

The past eight months at Juice Nation have been characterised by adventure, tragedy, heartbreak and web silence. This should change soon, thanks for your patience.

Pomegranate & Orange Juice, Mitre, Greenwich, December 23rd 2010

A plain clothes unit of Juice Nation operatives attended the Bloc Weekend music festival in Minehead earlier this month with the twin aims of enjoying the music and juice networking. The music was great, the crowd also great, Juice Nation heartily endorses Bloc as the holiday of a lifetime.

The juice networking was of mixed success. Before sharing the germination of a couple of new special guest Juice Nation recipies, I’ll share a Juice disaster, one of many. This one happened before the festival even began. An operative, while queuing in the Minehead Tescos, his trolley loaded with fruit, bankrupted Juice Nation. He gave the entire £15,000 JN operating fund for the 2010/2011 tax year to a middle aged man in smart trousers, grey trainers and a leather jacket. The man had claimed that he could double the money, with a machine that he keeps in his car, that works with the cigar lighter. Needless to say, the con-man walked with the money and the gullible operative was RETIRED and JUICED.

On the plus side, Juicing went on. Two long-standing master juicers, who have been inspirational and supportive to the Juice Nation project, shared their skills and shared their juice. Luke’s Anger, a creative juicer and shining star of 21st century Dance, brought his flesh tearing, juice gushing centrifugal juicer to the event. Luke demonstrated his juicing prowess, bringing a sweet but sharp approach. His creations had echoes of Caribbean islands, warm days in the sun and balmy nights under starry skies. Luke agreed to share his knowledge on Juice Nation at some point in the future, we can’t wait.

Also on great juicing form was DJ Joe Hart, who moved the crowds (in a good way) with his sets over the weekend and moved the bowels (in a good way) with first class juice combos. Joe, working on the Juice Nation burgundy Matstone, made a rare litre of ‘Methadone’, his greener than green fruit/veg juice of distinction. A closely guarded secret, the recipe for this legendary blend has long been a subject of much debate in the juicing community. We can reveal that Joe offered to share this recipe with the world, through the proud medium of Juice Nation! Keep those eyes PEELED.

November 16, 2009

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