Virgin Fruit cocktail

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Okay I have question for you? When you eat food how do you sense the taste? Do you think if the nose and the brain play a role in the taste of food?  If you say no only the tongue play a role I would say you are wrong. Here’s an experiment you would like to try. One when you make any food with a great aroma, try this experiment. Cover your nose tightly with a nose band and try to taste the food, you fill not find any taste. Now remove the nose band and try again. Till yesterday I was having same opinion like you. I changed my view after seeing yesterday PBS show can I eat that.  Nose and brain plays important roll deciding flavors.

Now I remember when my grandma gave me some Ayurvedic medicine and usually a bitter one, she holds the nose together and pours the medicine in the mouth saying that it won’t taste bitter. I didn’t understand the science behind that till yesterday.  When we eat any food, the flavors come from the nose.  In the mouth we have back channel to smell receptors, so when we put food in the mouth vapors from the food goes through the smell receptors and in nose is detecting flavor of food in the mouth.  Not only nose, vision and even sound influence the taste.  It is the sounds that gives you idea of soft, crispiness, crunchiness whether it is hot or cold the food.  Ultimately the flavors of food we eat is coming from brain, it is one created perception of flavors. Our brain takes parts actively in eating than any other process, exercise work or even sex.
I think that I have given you an overdose of science here, coming back to this recipe. This is a recipe from a juice shop in my home town Thiruvanthanapuram (Trivandrum), shown in TV show. He makes lot of fresh juices with fancy name and various compositions. I don’t like the TV anchor that does the show, as he is really bad in repeating everything. He doesn’t even not know honey can cause diabetics, yes sugar in the form of honey; maple syrup, etc are dangerous.  The Juice shop guy is not giving out any recipe but only showing what are ingredients putting it in the juice, I was inspired to make this drink based on the show.  I liked few of his fresh fruit juice ideas, so you can expect that here in this blog.
What makes this juice special is that it has pineapple, grapes, tomato, lemon, orange, pepper, mint, salt, sugar and ginger. I have tried it twice, both times it came our really delicious, it has zing of ginger will remain in your taste buds even after drinking the juice, Try this. You will enjoy.   One more question for you?  Tomato is fruit or vegetable? Answer is fruit. Here goes the recipe.
In a blender combine, pineapple, grapes, tomato, orange and lemon juice, pepper , mint salt, sugar and ginger. Add ice and water and blend well strain and serve it.

Enjoy  great cocktail. 

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Virgin Fruit Cocktail

Adapted from Jaihind TV Cookery Show

Prep Time    5 minutes
Cook Time    5 minutes
Serves    2


1 C    Chopped Pineapple
20 no    Grapes
2  no    Tomato ( Remove the skin and seeds)
Juice of one lemon
Juice of  2 small orange
15 mint leaves
⅛ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Sugar ( Increase sugar if you want more sweetness)


In a blender combine everything and blend together to form a smooth consistency and strain through the strainer and set aside.



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  1. says

    Swathi, you always leave me a comment. I feel very connected with you, but I have not been as nice as you are in leaving you a comment. I like this fruit cocktail. Very rarely do we make mixed fruit drinks. I like the pepper kick in the recipe. Will try it some time.

  2. says

    Seriously feel like having this cocktail even its too chilled here, its been a while i made mixed fruits drinks like this..

  3. says

    i’m currently down with a flu and as much as my taste buds are down, I think my brain tells me how food tastes. Anyway, that is one refreshing drink i’d like to have right now :)

  4. says

    So refreshing and delicious Swathi! And healthy too! I love that. Isn’t if funny how our taste buds work? I know when I have a cold nothing has any flavor.

  5. says

    Your cocktail sounds delicious and so healthy too. It has such a wonderful collection of ingredients.

    When I was little one of our teachers blindfolded us, gave us different fruits to eat and asked us to hold our noses when we did – I remember being amazed by what we discovered. We really could not tell what we were eating, although sometimes the texture gave it away a bit (apples and tomatoes in particular have really distinctive textures).