Cleavers Juice – A recipe from Booze for Free

Not every recipe in Booze for Free is for booze, there are a number of soft drinks there too and here is one of them Cleavers Juice. I thought I might even add a little video just show how easy it is to make the stuff.


Cleavers can be found growing in areas where the soil has been disturbed. Often on the edges of paths in public places, woodland edges, fields and on allotments. They love full sun or partial shade so won’t be found in areas where cover is dense. Cleavers will grow to a height of about 1.5m/5ft often sprawling at the base of trees and smothering the other plants.

Cleavers Juice 1

cleaversThis recipe is more of a cleavers infusion and requires the smallest amount of effort for a great spring tonic.
Ingredients
A good two handfuls of cleavers
1 litre of water

Equipment

Large jug
Muslin/cheese cloth

Method

Put the cleavers into a jug and pour over the cold water. Leave overnight to infuse, giving the cleaver a little squeeze whenever you walk past them.

Strain through a muslin cloth/cheese cloth into bottles and store in the fridge. It is ready to drink immediately and will stay fresh for a week. Take three of four wine glasses full a day.

Cleavers Juice 2

For a stronger spring tonic try this recipe. It can be used by the health conscious in place of grass drinks as a lymph cleanser. It is certainly an acquired taste and can be mixed with other juices to give a more appealing flavour.

Ingredients
A good two handfuls of cleavers
1 litre of water
Equipment

Blender
Muslin/cheese cloth

Method
Using the freshest, greenest parts of the plant chop up and put in blender. Add the water and blend until the water and cleavers are cut into very small pieces. Strain and serve immediately for maximum benefit. It can be refrigerated and used throughout the day but you may need to shake before use as it will separate.

Andy Hamilton

Brewer, forager, broadcaster, spaceman occasional liar

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