Red Jacket Orchards Blackcurrant-Apple Juice

I’m planning a damned good brunch party for next week, to celebrate half of finals being done. I’m forsaking an advent calendar, as well as gifts for loved ones this year as a result of my personal Four Days of Finals (trademark pending) annual tradition. I’ve started it this year. The song goes like this:

On the first day of finals, my limit gave to me,
An hour-long deep tissue massage.
On the second day of finals, my limit gave to me,
Two bloody marys,
And an hour-long deep tissue massage.
On the third day of finals, my limit gave to me,
Three fingers of Laphroaig,
Two bloody marys,
And an hour-long deep tissue massage.
On the fourth day of finals, my limit gave to me,
Four pounds of steak,
Three fingers of Laphroaig,
Two bloody marys,
And an hour-long deep tissue massaaaaaaaaggggeeeeeeee.DSC_6933My most-feared (and most beloved) class, contracts, had our final yesterday, so I celebrated as I best do and woke up with a million photos of my phone of my midnight chicken nuggets and biscuit run from the chicken and biscuit joint down the street. I hope you liked my song. For those of you scratching your heads, that would be Limit, Credit. A very, very good friend.  Back to that brunch- I’m making bagels using a new, terrible flour that will soon be reviewed. I like to take a marriage-like approach to brunch, but instead of the traditional four groups of things a bride needs, a brunch typically needs something baked, something protein-ed, something boozy, and something with dill. That would be the bagels, smoked salmon, beet juice bloodies, and dill. Maybe goat cheese.DSC_6934As a counterpart for the bloodies, I wanted to have some good juice, so I’m taking the next few days to test out some new varieties. I picked up this blackcurrant and apple juice from Red Jacket Orchards while at Whole Foods this evening. I’m a big fan of cold-pressed juice, and I may have been preconditioned to like this from the start, as its name and coldness recalled memories of family vacations at a similarly-named resort. It’s a fine juice, of a decent quality, and for $4, is modestly priced. I’ve had their Fuji apple juice before and found it marvelous as it reminded me of the unpasteurized strong stuff from France. This, however, was a different animal entirely.

Both fruits are lovely alone- blackcurrant juice is rich and jammy, apple juice is crisp and fresh. The combination is muddled. The more succulent, delicate flavors of the apple are lost in the somewhat monolithic blackcurrant, and the combination lacks balance. I appreciated the fact that the fruits spoke for themselves without being too bogged with sugar, but at times it felt like they were speaking over each other. Neither the blackcurrant nor apple really stood out to me as an exceptional juice, and it ended up tasting like a pretty generic fruit blend.rating5

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