I just attended the annual Winter Fancy Food Show which I wait for all year, the way I imagine little kids do with Christmas. It’s two convention centers with thousands of food producers and more samples than you could possibly ever eat. On one hand it’s amazing and I discover new products and ingredients that get the creative juices flowing. On the other hand, I have absolutely no self control and spend two days gorging myself on cheese, chocolate, noodles, teas, snacks, and any other food you could fathom. Needless to say it wreaks havoc on my stomach, but this drink helps me get back on track.
This insanely simple recipe feels really soothing and it’s often how I start my day in the winter. It’s a great alternative to tea, with all the vitamins and minerals that are present in citrus. A lot of people like to cleanse or detox at the beginning of the new year (although I cringe at those trendy words for various reasons), and this is a great addition to whatever healthful habits you are abiding by. I love to use bright red grapefruits because they are sweet and less acidic, but try using whatever you like, maybe blood oranges, cara cara oranges, or even meyer lemons. We are in the middle of citrus season so try them all!
The technique used for this drink is called suprème. You cut away all of the peel, then carve out the citrus segments. I could explain it step by step, but the easiest way to learn is to see it in action, so I will direct you to this handy Youtube video. You can either add a few of the suprèmed slices to your tea, snack on them separately, or save them for a salad later in the day.
makes 1 cup
1 ruby red grapefruit, or citrus fruit of your choice
1 cup water
1. Suprème the fruit over a bowl, as shown in the video link above. Place the bowl aside and take the remaining “body” of the fruit, where you removed the segments from, and squeeze the juice from it into a mug. Be sure to squeeze out as much juice as possible. Pour the extra juice from the bowl of segments into the mug as well.
2. Boil the water and pour over juice. Add a few citrus segments if you like. Enjoy!