Minty Kale Limeade Mocktails

I made us a wannabe boozy drink with kale.

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I’ve never really been that big on juicing.  Occasionally I’ll pick up an $8 cold-pressed juice from here, being sure to avoid any with celery.  I like celery in tuna salad or chicken & dumplings or smothered in peanut butter and chocolate chips, but something about the celery taste in juice is just ewwyuck to me. 

I want my juice to taste like a margarita.  An icy, boozy margarita to take me back to my honeymoon days.  So obviously in this wannabe boozy non-boozy drink we had to have lime juice. Bunches of lime juice.  We needed something bubbly to make this mocktail anything cocktail like.  And we didn’t actually need kale juice, but trends dictate so kale it is.  You shake everything together, add a touch of honey and your wannabe margarita drank is ready to be drunk.  After you add some pretty mint leaves and lime slices for a garnish of course.

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I’ve never owned a juicer because I’m having quite the affair with my Vitamix.  I don’t have room in my love life for another kitchen machine.  That Vitamix can blend things to smithereens, so buying a juicer isn’t at the very top of my kitchen equipment bucket list.

The kale juice isn’t too difficult to make sans juicer.  Just stuff all the kale you can into a good blender and add a bit of water to get things going.  Blend until everything is as smooth as can be and then pour into a fine mesh stringer.  Use a spatula to press the juice through the strainer leaving the pulp behind.  

I scooped the pulp into an ice cube tray to add into smoothies later…unless I forget about the ice cube tray and it gets buried in the back of my freezer for months.  But wishful thinking says maybe I won’t forget.  Fingers crossed.

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This drink is summery and fresh and could be called my last summer hurrah.  Not that I’m trying to hurry summer away…but I am, I really am.  Puhlease bring on the pumpkins.  My mom showed me this chalkboarding a pumpkin idea and I’m just so obsessed with the idea of decorating our home with way too many of them.  I might even have to make a gold one

So really this minty drink could go either way: last summer fling party drink or Halloween party drink.  You could serve the kale juice in test tube-like glasses and guests could add their own green shot to the mocktail.  Yay holidays to come and bubbly, minty kale juice. 

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{Disclaimer: This post was written for Williams-Sonoma Juice Week.  I was not compensated for my time and do not benefit from you buying a juicer.}

Minty Kale Limeade Mocktails
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Minty Kale Juice
  1. 1 bunch kale (~14 large leaves)
  2. 14 small mint leaves
  3. 1/4 cup water (or more to get everything moving)
Mocktail Ingredients
  1. sparkling water
  2. fresh squeezed lime juice
  3. ice
  4. honey
Instructions
  1. Tear kale leaves from their stem. In a high-powered blender, combine kale, mint leaves and water until smooth. Pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Use a spatula to press the juice through the stainer, leaving behind the kale pulp.
  2. To make the mocktail, combine kale juice, sparkling water, lime juice, ice and honey. Find whatever proportion of ingredients suits your tastes. I liked 1/4 cup sparkling water, 2 tablespoons kale juice, 2 tablespoons lime juice and 1 tsp honey. Shake together and serve over ice garnished with mint leaves and lime slices.
Makes enough kale juice for 8, 8-oz mocktails
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