Spicy Dessert Juice

Spicy Dessert Juice

I think today we need to talk a little about vices … Do you have a favorite treat or vice you enjoy?

Over the past couple of months my vice has become a good cup of coffee. This is pretty surprising given that I wasn’t a coffee drinker for six years and then recently began a 2-cup-a-day habit. I wasn’t too concerned about it initially as it wasn’t interfering with sleep and I was still drinking plenty of water and non-caffeinated liquids, but then my stomach began having bad reactions to the acidity. Bummer. That was when I knew it was time to stop.

My other vice that I recently had to quit was my occasional glass of red wine. I only enjoyed wine on rare occasions, but when that too began upsetting my stomach I had to throw in the towel.

Giving up a food or beverage you love can be really tough. When I’ve made diet adjustments in the past, my best trick to find a replacement food or beverage, or find other non-food ways to treat yourself (like a good walk or hot bath).

I recently began substituting tecchino (a caffeine-free herbal “coffee” alternative) for my coffee and found that to be a pretty decent substitute…. but what to do about that occasional glass of red wine? It must be time for beet juice!

Alright, maybe this beet juice doesn’t taste anything like red wine (and it probably doesn’t look anything like it either) but it’s still delicious and seems even fancier when you drink it from a wine glass. Cheers!

Spicy Dessert Juice

Spicy Dessert Juice
Prep time
Total time
Makes one 12 - 16 oz juice
Recipe type: Juice
Serves: 1
  • 2 medium beets
  • 1-inch fresh ginger
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 medium apple
  1. Juice ingredients. Enjoy immediately.



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  1. Sarah says

    I don’t at all mean this as a criticism, but I recently made a recipe very similar to this and the beets just tasted like dirt to me (they were well scrubbed and peeled). Are raw beets an acquired taste? Or did I get bad beets?

    • Sonnet says

      Beets can taste pretty earthy and I know a lot of folks simply don’t like the taste of raw beets. The apple and ginger in this juice definitely help to cut some of the “earthy” flavor, but for some folks it just takes getting used to. Hope that helps! :)

      • Sarah says

        Thanks for the response! Maybe I need to work my way up to a whole beet :) I have developed an obsession with ginger in my smoothies; its so perfect for this time of year!

  2. says

    In response to Sarah’s comment – I tried putting in a whole beet with a small amount of juice one time and didn’t like it either, but I do like it’s spiciness in small amounts and the taste has grown on me. I still don’t use more than one beet at a time, and I only use the whole thing when I’m making a LOT of juice.

    But I LOVE the combination laid out in this recipe! The beet color is…unbeetable 😀

    I also love drinking my juices and smoothies out of a wine glass…and when I’m feeling really snazzy, out of a martini glass.

    Thank you for the wonderful recipes!

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