Solar Power – Juice Recipe
Sun-splashed alchemy made easy.
Solar Power has s delicious, sweet-tart, slightly nutty flavor, and an almost creamy mouth feel. Turmeric and ginger give it earthiness and spice. It’s one of my favorite juices on its own, and it makes a great mixer too. This was one of our first juices to incorporate turmeric and our first juice to use fresh young coconut water. We make this juice using all fresh ingredients, and hand open more than 2,000 fresh young coconuts every time we make a batch. If you don’t want to make Solar Power yourself you can find it at your local market as well as in our shop.
Before you begin
Young coconuts are the large green ones. They often have their outer husk carved off for packing in which case they are white with a point on top like the one pictured above. Mature coconuts, the small brown ones are not a good substitute. They contain only a fraction of the juice and this juice has a very different flavor. Young coconuts are almost always sold by the piece, so look for the heaviest one you can find as it will contain the most juice.
You can open your coconut(s) using a specialized coconut opener, which you can find at a specialty store or an amazon.com. We favor the kind that has a cylindrical blade attached to a handle. You place the blade on the top of the coconut and hit it with a mallet until it punches a round hole in the top of then coconut. You can also use a hammer and chisel if you have that. I don’t recommend using a kitchen knife as it’s easy to cut yourself and the knife can get badly damaged in the process.
The basic idea behind Solar Power is to use one part fresh coconut water to one part fresh orange juice, and then to add ginger, turmeric, and lemon juices to taste. So, start by opening the coconut and pouring out the water. Then squeeze oranges until you have roughly the same amount. The yield for fresh turmeric and ginger is about 50% plus or minus depending on your juicer and ingredients.
While the flavor of fresh ingredients is better we have also included proportions for using packaged coconut water and orange juice. These proportions will make a juice a little over 12 fl oz.
As with all our recipes, use these proportions as a starting point, and tinker with them until you have something that suits you. When making this at home, I’ll often double the ginger and turmeric especially if I’ll be mixing cocktails with it.
Makes one 12.5-16 ounce serving depending upon how mush water is in your coconut. Prep time is 10-15 minutes.
1 whole young coconut or packaged 180 mL coconut water.
2-3 medium-sized oranges or 180 mL packaged orange juice.
1 medium-sized lemon or 7-10 mL packaged lemon juice.
15-25 g Fresh turmeric – should yield 7.5 mL to 12.5 mL turmeric juice.
12-20 g Fresh ginger – should yield 6 mL to 10 mL ginger juice.
Spoon or stirrer for mixing
- Open the coconut and pour the juice out into a large glass or cocktail shaker.
- Juice the oranges until you have roughly the same amount of orange juice and then add the orange juice to the glass with the coconut water. If you don’t like pulp strain it out before adding.
- Juice the turmeric and turmeric separately using a vegetable juicer. You may have to use more than specified here as the yield is generally less when juicing small amounts.
- Add half the turmeric and ginger juices to the glass with the other ingredients. Stir and taste. Keep adding more ginger and turmeric juice until you’re happy with the taste.
- Juice half the lemon and save the other half for something else. Add the lemon juice to taste. Alternatively, just squeeze the lemon over the mixing glass.
- Adjust proportions to taste.
- Serve as is or over ice and enjoy. It’s best cold, so if you ingredients were not cold to begin with, chill the finished juice in the refrigerator until it’s cold.
- Enjoy your Solar Power.