Rhus Juice, the New Lemonade
A while back I saw one of Rix’s blogs about making juice from sumac berries. I sort of forgot about it, but the flower cluster stuck in my head as an unusual looking thing. So when Penny and I rode our bikes around looking for herbs for her infusion, I happened to see some sumac. I asked Penny if we could use it to make something and she said yes. So we gathered a few of the heads, went home and read Rix’s blog again to see how to make the juice.
First you get a few of the flower/berries. They look like this:
Then you put them in a bowl or pot with cold water:
Then you mash them up with your hands:
The flowers/berries break away easily and you have a pinkish broth of flower/berries:
Then you sample the juice:
Than you filter it through a pink bandanna:
Than you drink it. Mmmm. Delicious pink lemonade tonic, high in vitamin C and also works as an astringent and anti-septic. Move over lemonade, Rhus Juice just owned you!
Thanks Rix for putting Sumac on my radar, and thanks Penny for helping me make the juice!
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