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Jetwing Jungle Mixology  – Healthy Travel Experiences 2017

Jetwing Jungle Mixology – Healthy Travel Experiences 2017

By Juliet Coombe

“Juliet Coombe goes on the islands first jungle drinks mixology course and learns how nature’s natural produce creates delicious and extremely healthy juices.

Welcome to Kaduruketha
Welcome to Kaduruketha

Set against the dripping tropical jungle, iridescent paddy fields and stunning mountains sits a magical new hotel experience created by Jetwing Kaduruketha. This natural scenic gem has woven traditional life through out all its hotel operations including an exciting new jungle drinks bar experience, which has its inspirations from ancient styles of mixology. Nowhere could be more perfect as a setting to experiment with over a hundred fruits, leaves, and roots to pick from than here. A place you will learn all about the ancient knowledge of preparing juices Jungle village style. Something Sri Lankan village people have been doing for thousands of years and are now being celebrated at Wellawaya, which is an amazing crossroads to over 20 fascinating archeological sites dotted around the area.

Pick your own curry leaves and Juice them
Pick your own curry leaves and Juice them

So roll up your sleeves and have a go at creating your own jungle juice concoction and if it is good enough mix they will add it to the Jetwing Kudurketha natures drinks menu. During the course you get to try lots of things from chewing leaves to mixing them together with other ingredients. As we progress from fruits to leaves I am taught about the many different ways the drinks can be produced, and I personally love the crushing up bits, straining and the hand squeezing process. The list available is seasonal and currently includes gotukola curry leaves picked from around the hotel swimming pool– great for the digestion and packed full of iron so your hair looks glossy and healthy if you juice a bunch of leaves daily. We discovered from Hasantha the resident assistant manager and naturalist that Beli is even more amazing adding ice cream, which makes it a wicked milk shake and excellent for your stomach, like raw mango and fresh ginger juices, which stops sea and car sickness.

You will be amazed that you can make not only over a 100 different things to make juices from the jungle, but also just as many incredible food items that can be made into rice and curry dishes. So go on take a walk on the wild side and get back to your natural roots with a mixology course that is really good for you!