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06-22-2008   #16 (permalink)
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Maybe not actual food, but it goes great with Vietnamese food!
(I actually took this from BravoTV's Top Chef. Tried it out myself, and I loved it.)

Aloe Cucumber Refresher
Ingredients:
1 1/2 Cup of Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 Cup Water
1 lb. of Fresh ginger, cut in 2" chunks
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves (and 24 leaves for garnish)
2 large cucumbers
1 L sparkling water
1/2 cup aloe juice (some Asian stores will have them, although some might me diluted with water and sugar)

Instructions:
Boil water and sugar in a saucepan in medium heat. Stir well so the sugar dissolves. Add the ginger and basil mixture to the syrup and reduce to a simmer, then let it simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and cool.
Roughly chop one and a half cucumbers and thinly slice the remaining half for garnishing. Place the cucumbers in a blinder with 2 tablespoons of sparkling water. Blend on low under pureed. Add more of the water, 1 tablespoon at a time in the mixture is too thick. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, discarding cucumber pulp and reserving cucumber juice.
Fill an 8oz glass with ice and add 2-3oz each, to taste, of gunger/basil syrup, aloe juice, and cucumber juice, Top with a splash of the sparkling water and garnish the basil and cucumber.
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