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Warm Spicy Apple & Carrot Drink

There is a tiny shop just a few minutes from our apartment that we – just for fun – always have fantasized about owning. It has the perfect location. A sunny corner right in a central part of the town. We often said that if it would be for sale we would buy it and start a small smoothie & soup bar. Early this summer, that shop went up for sale! It would be so fun to tell you that we bought it and are opening up Green Kitchen Smoothies, Juices & Soups … but we didn’t buy it.

You know how it is with dreams, they are so great in your head, but not as great when you start doing the math. The place was really expensive + a million other different reasons. Anyway, it was a fun dream to have. The place is sold now and a cheese shop has just opened up. Meanwhile we have a dozen new ideas and dreams. Most of them will probably end up like our smoothie & soup cafe, but one day at least one will become real. You just wait.

Since the juice season is pretty short here in Sweden we had this idea to serve warm juice drinks during the winter in our cafe. This sweet and spice-infused warm apple juice mixed with freshly squeezed carrot juice would definitely have been on our menu.

Warm Spicy Apple & Carrot Drink
2 large glasses 

We don’t boil the carrot juice since we prefer this drink with a fresh twist. It also looks prettier that way. You can of course heat both juices together if you prefer it steaming hot and slightly sweeter. .

2 cups apple juice, around 6 apples
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anises
2 allspice seeds
1/2 tsp cardamom seeds
1 sprig fresh rosemary
2 carrots
1 inch (2,5 cm) fresh ginger or more to taste
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 

Juice the apples in a juice machine. Place the juice in saucepan together with all the spices, cover with a lid. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 1-2 minutes. Turn off the heat and let steep, covered for 5-10 minutes, then strain in a fine sieve. Juice the carrots and ginger in the juice machine. Pour the warm apple juice in the glasses, add the freshly juiced carrot juice and stir with a spoon to combine. Sprinkle some ground cinnamon and nutmeg on top before serving.

Ps. If you are up for it you can also turn it into a winter punch, by simply adding 1 part rhum to 3 parts juice.


  1. emily
    Posted 26 Nov ’12 at 00:36 | #

    Oh how cool if you would have your own soup & smoothie cafe. I would come to Sweden just to visit you guys!
    Love that first photo. The drink looks so delicious!

  2. Posted 26 Nov ’12 at 00:50 | #

    I think a warm juice drink is such a novel idea! I could definitely go for a spiced carrot drink- love cardamom!

  3. Posted 26 Nov ’12 at 11:24 | #

    Oh.. those fleeting dreams are such wonderful dreams to dream!

    I would have visited many times for sure.. <3 But for now, I'll simply make this gorgeous juice!

    Many hugs loved ones!

  4. Posted 26 Nov ’12 at 12:15 | #

    Heh, I have similar dreams! But it is indeed expensive to run a business… sigh. One day, maybe. In the meantime, we can enjoy making delicious things and thinking about how lovely they are, and how lovely they could be in an alternate reality… :)

  5. Posted 26 Nov ’12 at 12:35 | #

    It’s always like that with dreams, but a smoothie and soup bar would have been so much fun!
    I love the idea of a warm juice for winter days, I hope I will be able to make it as soon as posible. Great recipe, as usual!

    • Posted 27 Nov ’12 at 18:46 | #

      Hi Chiara, thanks for your comment! Hope you had time to make the juice and that you liked it!
      All the best

  6. Posted 26 Nov ’12 at 13:38 | #

    What a wonderful idea to serve up hot juice during the winter months. This looks delightful!

  7. Liz B
    Posted 26 Nov ’12 at 16:02 | #

    Ohh, yum, yum!! xx

  8. Posted 26 Nov ’12 at 17:10 | #

    great flavor combination with ginger, apple and carrot! So perfect for the season.

  9. Posted 26 Nov ’12 at 17:39 | #

    Love the idea of a warming juice (which is pretty strange as I live in a hot country) – these flavours sound refreshing as well as comforting though. Beautiful monochrome matched with the simplest shot. Always inspiring.

  10. Jenny
    Posted 26 Nov ’12 at 18:30 | #

    That sounds like a very delicious and nutritious alternative to warm cocoa or mulled wine. Inspiring!
    Gorgeous photo!

  11. Tracy
    Posted 26 Nov ’12 at 20:30 | #

    How delightful…can’t wait to try!

  12. Posted 26 Nov ’12 at 22:24 | #

    This warm spicy drink sounds soooo good to me right now, especially since I lost my voice over the weekend and have been pampering my throat with soothing honey ginger infusion. Thank you as always for sharing your recipe and delightful dreams too!

  13. Posted 27 Nov ’12 at 02:03 | #

    I can’t wait to try this! Even when my body wants the clean lightness of a juice I struggle with juicing in the winter when I want warm, comforting food. This looks like the best of both worlds.

  14. Posted 27 Nov ’12 at 03:37 | #

    your photography and styling are as beautiful as ever, but mainly, I am so bowled over by your creativity with this recipe. I can’t wait to try it! I may have to wait until the weather cools down, here in the Southern Hemisphere, but I won’t forget.

  15. Posted 27 Nov ’12 at 15:40 | #

    Great! I was just looking for good warm winterdrinks as an alternative to tea, coffee and hot chocolate.

  16. Posted 27 Nov ’12 at 16:40 | #

    I’ll have to try this- I don’t think I’ve ever had warm carrot juice and the apple/spices sounds like a great complement.

  17. Posted 28 Nov ’12 at 06:09 | #

    This sounds so warm and cozy!

  18. Bridget
    Posted 28 Nov ’12 at 07:20 | #

    Sounds d’lish. I will have to try that here soon! Yummy! Keep dreaming. I have big dreams myself.

  19. Posted 29 Nov ’12 at 16:45 | #

    That photo of your daughter is just adorable! And the juice seems yummy, too. When I worked at a soup&juice café a couple of years ago, I often made myself a simpler version of it during the winter – hot apple juice with ginger and cinnamon. Delicious!

  20. lina
    Posted 29 Nov ’12 at 22:05 | #

    Loves it! <3 detta ska ja absolut göra en kväll snart.
    puss till er

  21. Posted 30 Nov ’12 at 03:44 | #

    Ah, that’s the thing about dreams: they’re always in abundance and they definitely fill our hearts with light at just the very thought. Whatever ones come true, they’re so necessary for day to day existence. And in this case, they translate to a delicious and warming drink too! I’ve been spending so much time traveling/being on planes lately–I think I’ll be whipping myself up one of these soon. Thanks for this :)

  22. Posted 30 Nov ’12 at 11:09 | #

    One of your most inventive yet – fantastic idea (and photos, as always). And carrots are so good for you! I can’t wait to try it. Ps. I’d certainly go to your cafe!

  23. Posted 1 Dec ’12 at 06:13 | #

    I love those fantasies. It’s always perfect in the dream, when you don’t have to worry about the business end of things, just all of the lovely parts. Wonderful recipe, too. In the midst of all the heavy winter food, this drink sounds quite refreshing, while still throwing in that wintry spice!

  24. Posted 2 Dec ’12 at 09:32 | #

    This looks delicious! and I love the picture of your little one enjoying it too, so sweet. Even through the weather is warming up here I still want to give this a try. Thanks!

  25. Posted 2 Dec ’12 at 11:10 | #

    Yummie! Sounds so good!And the pics are beautiful! /Emma

  26. Posted 8 Dec ’12 at 10:22 | #

    beautiful pictures and great recipe! might try it with the rum ;)

  27. Posted 28 Dec ’12 at 15:17 | #

    This I will differently try. This drink looks so refreshing.

  28. Posted 7 Jan ’13 at 15:15 | #

    Sounds delicious! I don’t have a juice machine (and it’s quite expansive to get one for me at the moment…)! Is it ok if i use a simple blender?? Thanks :-)

    • Posted 7 Jan ’13 at 21:04 | #

      I understand! You can either use a blender (+ a little water) and then strain it afterward or you can buy apple juice and carrot juice in the health store.
      All the best

  29. amy
    Posted 10 Jan ’13 at 18:07 | #

    I have been drinking hot lemon water, eating the green bowl for breakfast and now have incorporated this wonderfully delicious juice for my afternoon snack. Im trying to get all the colors in as i have been a bit sick and i am convinced all these recommendations will do the trick!

  30. Posted 23 Jan ’13 at 00:50 | #

    I love the detail of the sliced apples on that first photo up there. Superb!

  31. Posted 15 Mar ’13 at 22:26 | #

    This looks amazing! Thank you Cannot wait to try it.

  32. Denise
    Posted 3 Jun ’13 at 01:47 | #

    My partner and I juice regularly primarily to boost his nutrient intake to help fight cancer. I’ve been looking for a juice recipe I can use in winter as I’m not that keen to drink cold juice on a cold winter’s morning. This recipe fits the bill, delicious! My partner loved it too, a definite repeater. Thanks!

  33. Posted 26 Sep ’13 at 13:52 | #

    I think Green Kitchen Smoothies,Juices and Soups is a very good name for your future cafe’ the name have a twang in it that gives curiosity to consumers. I like that name! You know what, I can feel it, that your dreams will come true.

  34. Posted 7 Jan ’16 at 11:40 | #

    Great photos. What camera are you using? That first photo looks very sharp.

    I’ll give the recipe a go. Looks delicious!

  35. Janet
    Posted 3 Nov ’17 at 03:23 | #

    So glad to have found your blog for inspiration. Especially now with apple season upon us in northern-northern California – I always need new ideas with all the trees we have on our property. I’m subscribing too, as I love your take on fresh ingredients (and it doesn’t hurt that I’m 1/4 Swedish, too!)

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