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To Drink: First Watch’s ‘Morning Meditation’ & ‘Kale Tonic’ Beat A Glass Of OJ Any Day

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First Watch has great coffee, but the best breakfasts require at least two beverages. So when you sit down for your breakfast bowl or avocado toast, what should you order along with that steaming cup of joe? Here are a couple of suggestions…

Kale Tonic

Verdant. That’s the best adjective for First Watch’s Kale Tonic: this drink doesn’t just look green, it tastes green (in all the right ways). The secret to the Kale Tonic is that it has just the right amount of kale. Enough to give it a green flavor, but not so much that it starts to ruin the texture. Fresh fuji apple juice works with kale, cucumber, and lemon juices to make this a drink I would not normally have ordered, but that I keep coming back for. 

Morning Meditation

There is so much happening in this drink, and all of it is good. This is no cloying glass of from-concentrate OJ. It’s complex, purely enjoyable, and, frankly, thought-provoking! Blended orange juice, lemon juice, beet juice, and agave nectar are the ingredients that make this drink so unique: just a hint of turmeric and ginger. They don’t dominate: they just give a shade of... is that spice? Or kick? Or just complexity? It’s hard to know, and the slower you savor the Morning Meditation the more you’ll notice it. But you’ll probably finish the drink before you quite find the words. (Recipe below)

For lunch, First Watch also has ample beers on tap. Those pair perfectly with a Club Sandwich. 

What are you waiting for? Order up!

The Recipe: Morning Meditation

8 oz orange juice

1.5 oz lemon juice

1 tbsp fresh turmeric juice

1.5 oz agave nectar

1 tbsp ginger juice

8 oz cold, filtered water

2 oz fresh beet juice, divided

1. Place all ingredients except beet juice in a glass and whisk until thoroughly combined.

2. Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to serve.

3. To serve, add ice to a glass, pour mixture into glass, and top with 1 oz (2 tbsp) beet juice per glass.

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