There's no need to drink less — just drink better! Superfood Cocktails is your go-to guide for drinking well. Each delicious, healthy-ish recipe in this unique collection highlights a naturally delectable superfood. Kombuchas, turmeric, kale, matcha, blueberries, ginger, cinnamon, chia — these are just a few of the superfoods featured, easily located in your local grocery store or farmer's market. Whether you're craving fruity and refreshing, earthy and rich, or mild and mellow, there's a flavor profile perfect for every palate. Showcasing ten recipes per season and a variety of spirits, this book encourages you to treat yourself to a frozen blueberry margarita or keep warm with a blood orange mulled wine. This year, say so long, ta ta, and sayonara to cocktail-related guilt. Keep your cocktails creative, nutritious and appetizing year-round with Superfood Cocktails.
Superfood Piña Colada
Don’t let this blue-green algae scare you! Spirulina is a great natural source of energy, but it is best known as being extremely effective in reducing anemia (an iron deficiency in the body). Helpful hint: We promise this drink tastes good — just maybe don’t smell the spirulina before you add it in…
Ingredients (Serves 4)
• 4 ounces white rum
• 1 (13.5-ounce) can coconut milk
• 1 tsp spirulina
• 2 cups ice
• 3½ cups pineapple chunks, frozen
• 6 ounces pineapple juice
• Pineapple wedges for garnish, optional
1. Combine rum, coconut milk, spirulina, ice, frozen pineapple chunks and pineapple juice in a blender. Purée on high until everything is combined, about one minute.
2. Pour into glasses and garnish with pineapple wedge.
Adapted from CaliGirlCooking.com
Blueberry & Sage Shrub
Not only is sage good for cleansing bad energy, it’s also good for cleansing the body. Sage contains high levels of magnesium, a mineral directly linked to improving the quality, duration and tranquility of sleep. Sage is also a great superfood for fighting or even delaying Alzheimer’s disease.
Ingredients (Serves 1)
• 2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
• 2 ounces apple cider vinegar
• 1 cup raw sugar
• 2 tbsp sage, fresh
• 1½ ounce gin
• Club soda
1. In a blender or food processor, combine the blueberries and vinegar. Purée until it’s totally smooth.
2. Combine the blueberry purée with the sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Place the sage into a tea ball or wrap it up in some cheesecloth, then drop into the pot. Heat, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. Keep tasting the mixture and cook until the sage flavor reaches the strength that you want. This can take anywhere from five to ten minutes.
3. Remove the blueberry-vinegar syrup from the heat and take out the sage. Transfer the shrub syrup to a container and refrigerate until ready to use.
4. Fill glass with ice. Add two and a half ounces of blueberry-vinegar syrup and gin to glass and top off with club soda.
Adapted from GlueandGlitter.com
Goji Berry Rickey
Skip the fillers and drink some goji berries instead. One of the more underrated superfood berries, goji berries are great for their anti-aging properties. They have been shown to prevent damage to collagen in the skin, which is the main cause of wrinkles. Goji berries are also known to help boost immunity to help fight against the flu. Fun fact: although less popular in the US, goji berries have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years! Be careful though, it works so well that sometimes it can interfere with other medicines, so be sure to check online before adding too much to your diet.
Ingredients (Serves 1)
• 1½ ounce vodka
• 1½ tsp goji berry powder
• ½ ounce agave syrup
• ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
• Sparkling water, to taste
• Lime wheels for garnish, optional
1. Whisk goji berry powder with vodka and let sit for fifteen minutes.
2. Combine the goji berry-vodka mixture, agave syrup and lime juice into a cocktail shaker.
3. Shake well for twenty to thirty seconds, then pour into a glass.
4. Top with sparkling water, and garnish with a lime slice, if desired.
Adapted from Mandatory.com