Inspired by: Pokémon
Serving Size: 1 smoothie
Aprijuice is made from apricorns, a portmanteau of apricots and acorns. So, I decided to make an apricot smoothie made with optional acorn milk. (The acorn milk can be substituted because the process of making it is long and difficult, and not everyone enjoys the taste.)
Making Pink Aprijuice (Sweet and Spicy)
You will need:
- 1 apricot
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 cup fresh strawberries
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- Honey, to taste (if not using acorn milk)
- Freeze the banana.
- Wash the apricot and slice in half. Remove pit.
- Blend apricot, frozen banana, strawberries, and milk until smooth.
- Add spices and honey as desired. Blend until smooth.
Making Acorn Milk (optional)
You will need:
- Sweet acorns*
- Gallon glass jar, or other storage container
- Maple syrup, to taste
- Dry the acorns in wide, shallow pans (so they don't get moldy). This step is optional, but makes the acorns easier to shell. Be sure to discard any undesirable acorns (with holes or otherwise).
- Shell your acorns - this may be easiest with a hammer. Put the de-capped end on a firm surface, and use the hammer on the pointy end. If the acorns are long, flat, and tapered, you can just hammer them on the side.
- Leach to remove tannins**: when you shell, drop the meat into a blender or food processor until it is about a third full. Add enough water to fill the blender halfway, and blend into slurry. Pour slurry into container until it's half full with ground acorns and half with water. Put the jar in a cool place (under 75 degrees F / 24 degrees C).
- Each day, strain the water through cheesecloth, refill, and shake. The acorns are ready when they taste bland, rather than bitter (at least 3 days).
- On the final leaching day, decant and discard leached water.
- Transfer the acorn mush to a cheesecloth, and strain excess water into a bowl.
- Squeeze to ensure all liquid has been drained.
- Bring liquid to a boil, then set aside to cool. Add maple syrup as desired for sweetening.
- Acorn milk can be stored in the refrigerator up to three days.
* The sweetest acorns will come from white, emory, pin, valley, blue, burr, cork, or bellota oaks.
** Alternative method (if you don't want to make acorn flour): drop meat into a pot filled with water. Once the acorns have filled halfway up to the water line, set the pot to boil. As soon as it boils, discard the water and repeat at least five times.