Coconut Milk Kava Recipe

This is a "new" kava recipe that I have heard alluded to but have never actually found. After some experimenting, I think I have found an efficient way to make a strong kava drink w/ some taste to it, and hopefully which maintains the traditional spirit.

1. Mix anywhere from ½ oz - 2 oz powdered kava root (depending on the number of consumers and the desired strength of the brew) w/ 1 can coconut milk, then fill can w/ water and add it, also. I have also used a can of coconut juice (sweetened water w/ chunks of coconut) instead of water w/ excellent results. Coconut definitely helps lessen the bitter-soil taste of kava without overpowering the characteristic "kava" taste.

2. Blend intermittently in short bursts for about 5 minutes. I believe the longer you blend the pulp, the more kavalactones are released.

3. Pour into nylon stocking or other strainer and wring out into large kava bowl (there will be a thick white emulsion that I call "Kava Butter"; I believe this is strong stuff and try to scrape all of it off of the strainer, but it's texture can make it a little bit tough to gulp down from the cup.) Make sure to wring as much liquid from the pulp-mass as possible, but take care not to tear the strainer (important for nylon hose)

4. This should make about 2-3 coconut shells/coffee cups of kava, which can be drunk in ½ cup increments. Personally I prefer to knock back 1-2 shells/cups quickly and then relax in a dimly lit room and enjoy that warm, relaxed feeling.

5. Pour the kava from the strainer back into the blender (especially if you used a larger amount). Even though traditionally kava is not kept but rather consumed immediately, I have found that it keeps for a day or two in the refrigerator and since I use 2 oz. At a sitting, I generally get 2-3 batches out of this amount. You can also start w/ a smaller amount (½ oz.) and save it and add another ½ oz. per batch.

6. Finally, the amounts above are guidelines. I find ½ an ounce to be a rather small amount for me (200+ lbs.) but would probably be fine for a smaller person. If I were having a gathering in which several people were going to partake, I may use even 3 or 4 oz., depending on the type of relaxing experience I wanted the brew to invoke.

I hope you find this recipe idea tasty and effective.
Bright blessings.

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