By Daryn Mayer
With the Springtime in full swing, thoughts of outdoor dining are not far behind. Garden party brunches, family barbecues, celebrations, graduations, and weddings mean lots of delicious foods and drinks that make a get-together a festive event.
Of course, we’ve heard the saying “We are what we drink and eat.” So, how does one toast to good health and imbibe our way to radiant skin?
Easily. Take a look at gluten-free vodka which has many health benefits. Research shows that consuming vodka in moderation can help reduce stress, which can be beneficial to your mind, body, and skin. Vodka’s medicinal properties have also been shown to reduce your risk of developing heart disease and could reduce your risk of ischemic stroke (when the arteries to your brain become narrowed or blocked) and your risk of diabetes. Also, unlike vodkas which are made from wheat and grain, consuming gluten-free vodka may help prevent bloating, upset stomach, and abdominal pain for those with Celiac disease or sensitive digestion.
So as we celebrate Spring, here are some luscious libations that, when consumed in moderation, have a myriad of healthful benefits.
|TOMATO OYSTER COCKTAIL
1 Small tomato (equals about 4 oz.)
Blend tomatoes, oysters and kale together. Pour into mixing cup add ice to the top. Fill with the rest of the ingredients. Shake ingredients well and pour into mason jar or glass of choice.
|A STEP IN THYME
2 oz. Crushed pomegranate seeds
In a cocktail shaker muddle the pomegranate with the orange wedge. Add all the ingredients, but hold the ice. Give the mixture a few hard shakes. Fill with ice to the top and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass; rim with salt if you choose.
|CHOCOLATE ALMOND HIGHBALL
2oz. Almond milk
Combine all the ingredients in the cocktail glass. Strain into a highball glass on the rocks and garnish with shaved dark chocolate.
4 oz. Gluten-free, corn-based vodka
Place all ingredients in a shaker and add one cup of ice. Shake for 1 minute. Strain and pour into martini glass, garnish with one cucumber slice and lime.
Recipes developed by Manhattan-based Mixologist, Blanca Yungaicela, for you fortified™.