Last week, I was in the Los Angeles area for a family event and spent some time in Pasadena. After a few hours and tons of walking, my bag-carrying sidekick and I popped into Intelligentsia, intent on grabbing a couple quick, iced pick-me-ups to go. While waiting for the coffees, I poked around in their refrigerated case and discovered the cold pressed juices from Juice Maids. I’m halfway wishing I hadn’t seen that juice, because I’ve been obsessing about it ever since. But I’m a sucker for fresh watermelon juice, and this one was their No Sleep Till Brooklyn (watermelon and lime). Sublime.
That juice was so seriously amazing, it was gone in a flash. How I wish I had bought a few more jars so I could have tried some of the other flavors! The next morning, I jumped online to find out where to get my fix, as I was now nowhere near Pasadena. A little quibble here about the Juice Maids website – there is no index of the retailers that carry their products. Thwarted, sigh. A few days later and back at home in the desert, I was still thinking about the juice, but found that currently, delivery is only available in the immediate LA area. Double sigh. I began to reason that a two-hour drive for juice was not really that far. Crazy, right?
Except this juice is just that great. What makes it so special? Well, they source the best organic produce and then utilize a Norwalk Juicer to extract the juice, without heat, which yields raw juice of a very fine quality and exceptional taste. Their site claims it will “knock your socks off”, and they totally delivered on that promise. The juice I sampled was simply outstanding.
Juice Maids are big on their custom cleanses. They’ve got three – the Heavy Metal Detox, the Classic Rock Cleanse and the Baby Blues Cleanse. If you’ve never done a cleanse before, this is a fuss-free way to try it. In addition to the juices and supplements, you’ll get phone and email support from their resident expert, Danielle. If you aren’t looking to do a cleanse, but just want to partake of some fabulous juice, you can order a crate to try them out. With three crates to choose from, you’ll have your pick of eight 16-ounce or four 32-ounce juices or nut milks. The juices come packaged in reusable mason jars with clever kraft labels, tucked inside crates that are also reusable. Smart and eco-friendly.
This may be contrary to the general Juice Maids cleansing mission, but as a “detox in order to retox” kind of gal, I’ll readily admit that I’m into the juice primarily for the superior taste, and to use them as cocktail mixers. If I can feel even the teensiest bit virtuous while imbibing in deliciousness, well then, bonus (yes, extra points are awarded).
Their menu is divided into four main sections – Greens, Veggie, Nut Milks & Smoothies, and Sweet. Due to our household No Nuts! Ever! policy (which is pretty stringently enforced) those containing nuts are off my list, but each of their categories offer plenty of variety. Juice Maids have been creative with the names of their juices, too, which adds a fun little twist to the mix. Perfect Day, anyone? View their full menu to pick your favs, here.
The following is a list of the eight juices I hope to be bringing back from my next trip, and the spirits I’ve planned on pairing them with.
- Sabbath Bloody Sabbath – tomato, celery, horseradish, tamari, worcestershire powder, cayenne, salt, lemon [pairing with pepper-infused vodka]
- Gold Dust Woman – pear, ginger [pairing with rye whiskey]
- Sun Zoom Spark – berry, plum, pineapple [pairing with cachaça]
- She’s Like a Rainbow – strawberry, apricot, peach, orange, mint [pairing with champagne]
- Astral Plane – cherry, apricot, pineapple [pairing with vodka]
- No Sleep Till Brooklyn – watermelon, lime [pairing with light rum]
- Butterfly Collector – strawberry, watermelon, cantaloupe, plum [pairing with tequila]
- Black Betty – blackberry, peach, orange [pairing with gin]
It’s completely likely that after all of this cocktail experimentation, I’m going to need a cleanse.
Update: Juice Maids temporarily closed in December 2012, but recently announced a new partnership with Juice Served Here to include brick-and-mortar shops. Updates can be found here.