Why, oh why on earth would I be talking about cocktails just AFTER a 4-day weekend? At this point, either you don’t drink and that’s awesome. You do, and you made it through unscathed, and you’re stoked. Or you do and you did some damage, and a cocktail is the LAST thing you want to think about right now.
There is a method to my madness, I promise!
Last week I was asked if I could come on San Diego Living and talk about cocktails that can make you beautiful. And I’m not talking “beer goggles” beautiful, I’m talking about maybe doing something good for your body…detox your retox so to speak. I think we all know that alcohol has been used medicinally for years and that research does show that those who consume alcohol in moderation, live longer and more satisfying lives. I’m not suggesting you pick up a drinking habit if you don’t, I don’t think anybody would argue that. However, if you do enjoy a cocktail here and there, why not try to make it as “healthy” as you can?
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Let me first highlight this term: moderation
That’s one drink a day for the ladies and up to 2 for the fellas (lucky stinkers, I know). And just in case you were wondering, no. You can’t have 7 Sangria’s at Sunday Brunch and call that moderation if you abstained all week long. Sorry, that’s just not the way your body works.
Now, back to these beautifying cocktails!
I’ve got three interesting beautifying cocktail recipes for you that all add a functional component to your cocktail and offers a solution to these all too common intoxicating-issues.
Beautifying Cocktail #1: Hangover Elixer
Let’s just say a dehydrated, puffy-faced, crusty-eyed, head-pounded, bed-headed gal certainly isn’t in a position to show all her inner beauty. Right? These are side effects of over-consumption of booze and most of us have been there at one time or another. We’ve all heard the term “hair of the dog” and that sounds gross, but it can in fact be helpful. But let’s not recreate the issue and go overboard either. Try this concoction to ease the pain the morning after because it contains…
- Honey to restore blood sugar levels.
- Fresh grated ginger to also sooth a queazy stomach.
- Cucumber, naturally hydrating, B vitamins + electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost.
- High in water content, supporting rehydration.
- 1 ½ oz vodka
- 1 oz honey syrup
- 2 ½ oz Cucumber/Ginger
- Soda Water
Directions: add the vodka, syrup and juice to a shaker with ice and shake. Pour all contents into a mason jar, top with soda water.
Beautifying Cocktail #2: Alkalizing Alcohol: Detox my Retox
Ok, Let me start by saying there really isn’t a lot of science here and this is very biased and kind of just an opinion of mine. But we do know that they Standard American Diet (SAD) is generally acid forming in your body. These are thinks like meat, dairy, caffeine and of course ALCOHOL. Your body must maintain a balanced pH or you’ll die. So it has to do a lot of work to balance out these acid forming substance and that can keep it from doing other things, like strengthening your immune system, preventing aging and building radiance.
The good news is that you can in fact do your body a favor by consuming foods that are naturally alkalizing. These are things like fruits and veggies. When your body does not need to buffer, it can do all those other beautifying things. So…if in theory, doesn’t it make sense that you could potentially buffer the acidity of the cocktail with dense plant power? Well it certainly can’t hurt to try, and this cocktail is delicious either way. This cocktail can be beautifying because it contains…
- 6/7 most alkalizing foods make the best green juice: spinach, kale, cucumber, broccoli, celery, peppers
- Lemon Simple Syrup
- Ultra hydrating Soda water
- 1 ½ oz gin
- 1 oz honey syrup
- 2 oz green juice
- Shake, strain
- soda toper
Directions: add the gin, syrup and juice to a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a martin glass and top with soda water.
Beautifying Cocktail #3: Avoid Alcohol Overload: Raspberry Wine Mojito
The best way to stay beautify is to stay in control! Know how you look, when to comb your hair and when to stop talking. It can take discipline for a lot of us, as the more we drink, the less we care and the more we want to drink. This process is not beautifying in any way!
This cocktail is yummy, simple, refreshing, delicious and VERY light in booze and calories. It’s the perfect solution for summer days that may run into long nights. It will naturally pace you and keep you hydrated at the same time. You’ll suffer zero FOMO (fear of missing out) as your friends sip away as you enjoy right along side them. Added bonus, this cocktail has only 30-50 calories per 6-16oz drink! You can flavor however you want and stay in control all day long!
- 1/4 wedge lime
- handful of mint
- 4-5 drops NOW Foods Raspberry Pom Stevia
- 3-4 oz white wine
- Soda Water
Directions: add the lime, mint and sweetener to the bottom of a mason jar and muddle. Add wine, top with lid and shake. Fill with ice and top with soda water.
Which beautifying cocktail sounds the yummiest to you?