Packed with antioxidants, these juices help give your skin a healthy, youthful glow — and all the fruits are easy to find here in Southeast Asia.
- 2 lemons or calamansi lime
- 2 large pieces of fresh pineapple, peeled and chopped
- A handful fresh mint leaves or 4-5 lemongrass leaves, tied into a twist
- 1 cup honey
- 2 liters hot water
Cut the peel off the pineapple and chop into pieces. Add most of the chunks into a covered jug. Keep 1-2 pieces to decorate your drinking glass.
TIP: Wrap your hand in a tea towel when you cut pineapple. The juice stings skin fast.
Pour hot water into a covered jug. Add mint leaves or twist of lemongrass leaves. If you are using lemongrass, remove any dead leaves from the white part of the lemongrass near the root. Then hit the white parts a few times with a rolling pin or wooden spoon so they split slightly – this releases the flavour.
Add honey. Slice one lemon or calamansi lime in half. Juice half the lemon and add juice to the jug.
Cut the other half of lemon or lime into thin slices and add most slices to the jug. Keep 1-2 slices to decorate the glass.
Leave for 15-30 minutes so the fruits can flavour the water. This drink can be sipped while warm, or you can keep it in the fridge and serve it cold.
Recipe: Fazli Irli Amin Zulkifli for Jelita magazine, Malaysia