Best red perilla juice recipe

I’ve used red perilla (aka shiso) leaves as spice leaves for many dishes. But recently, I discovered that we can make juice with them and this red perilla leave juice tastes amazing. This can be a great refresh and healthy drink for a hot summer day.

Red perilla juice

What is red perilla leaves?

Red perilla leaves have a unique taste, a mildly minty and earthy aroma. It has the same taste with umeboshi or red/green shiso. It is not only used in Asian cuisine but also in many non-Asian palates.

Health benefits of red perilla leaves

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiviral
  • Antibacterial
  • High in iron
  • Calcium and carotene
  • Good for the respiratory tract and those with asthma
  • Improves immune function
  • Excellent for stomach aches and digestive upset

Red perilla juice can makes magic…

One interesting thing about this drink is it can be a little magic show for your kids.

Once the juice is finished, it has a dark pink color. But it will turns into light pink color gradually if you squeeze the lemon into it. Look!


  • 200 g aka shiso leaves/red perilla (don’t have to throw away the branch)
  • 2 big lemongrass (smashed the white thick part)
  • 50 g ginger (sliced)
  • 100 g honey (You can use more according to your taste.)
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 liters water
  1. Put all the ingredients except honey and lemon in a pot and bring to boil.
  2. When the water boils, turn the heat to low heat and keep cooking for 10 minutes.
  3. After turning off the heat, let it there for another 10 minutes without open the pan cover.
  4. Take out the leaves, ginger, filter juice to make it clear and add honey.
  5. The drink can be served in hot or cold but a cold aka shiso juice is ideal for a hot summer.
  6. Add lemon when serving.

This drink can be kept in the bridge for 3 days. If you prefer it hot, why not making it as warm herbal drink for a cold winter night.

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