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5 Bar Drinks and Superfood Cocktail Recipes

Incorporate these antioxidant-rich foods into your next cocktail hour.

Drink This!

5 Bar Drinks and Superfood Cocktail Recipes

Incorporate these antioxidant-rich foods into your next cocktail hour.

Here’s a trend we can all raise a glass to: Superfood cocktails. Many foods in the Superfood Club boast antioxidants which protect your body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. Although wine contains antioxidants, by and large, mixed drinks are packed with tons of extra sugar and empty calories. However, by avoiding the oversweetened worst cocktails for your body and infusing your favorite drinks with superfoods, you can indulge with a bit less guilt and experience a fun new way to incorporate some of these superfoods into your life. (Just don’t consider these substitutes for smoothies, and keep it to one drink a day for women, two a day for men.) Here are five superfood cocktails we especially like.

1

Chia Fresca Cocktail

Justifiably trendy, chia seeds contain all nine essential amino acids that are necessary for life, and they boast a blood-sugar-stabilizing ratio of satiating protein, fats and fiber. They’re an excellent hunger-busting addition to your diet. But that’s not all: ALAs, the specific type of omega-3s found in chia seeds, can decrease the risk of heart disease, according to a Pennsylvania State University study. Here’s how you can use them to make a super cocktail.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

1 1/2 ounces Vida Mezcal
1 ounce Aperol
1 ounce fresh pineapple juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup
2-3 dashes saline solution
1 bar spoon hydrated chia seeds, see below

HOW TO MAKE IT

  1. Combine all ingredients except chia seeds into a shaker tin and add ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube and garnish with a barspoon of chia on top of the ice cube.

For the chia seeds

Hydrate in cold water in advance by combining 1 part chia and 4 parts water, then letting rest for about 10 minutes to soften.

195 calories, 5 g sugars

Recipe by Zach Alcerro at Momofuku Ssam Bar; from foodrepublic.com

2

Blueberry Mojito

With more antioxidants than any other North American fruit, blueberries help prevent cancer, diabetes, and age-related memory changes. Studies show that blueberries, which are rich in fiber and vitamins A and C, also boost cardiovascular health. Not super enough for you? Get this: researchers at University of Michigan found that blueberries can help you burn that stubborn belly fat by turning on your get-lean genes. After a 90-day trial, rats that were fed a blueberry-enriched diet showed significantly reduced abdominal belly fat than the control group. You should aim for 1 cup of fresh blueberries a day, and there’s no more-fun way to do that than in a blueberry mojito.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

1 cup fresh blueberries, plus extra for garnish
4 oz white rum
10 fresh mint leaves
2 teaspoons sugar
Juice of 2 limes
6 oz club soda
Ice

HOW TO MAKE IT

  1. In a food processor or blender, puree blueberries until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Add mint leaves and sugar to a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler (or the end of a wooden spoon) to muddle the mint and sugar.
  3. Add the lime juice, rum and pureed blueberries: shake vigorously.
  4. Pour ice and club soda into two tall glasses and then pour in rum mixture. Gently stir.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge, extra blueberries and a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.

MAKES 2 SERVINGS

188 calories, 11 g sugars

Recipe from The Novice Chef Blog

3

Pomegranate Martini

Pomegranates contain three types of antioxidant polyphenols, including tannins, anthocyanins and ellagic acid, which all help fight and prevent damage to your body caused by free radicals. One pomegranate also provides about 30 mg of vitamin C, which is important for skin and immune health. Buy the whole fruit instead of packaged seeds or juice to save money and get the best nutritional bang for your buck.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
2 ounces lemon vodka or white tequila
1 ounce Cointreau liquor
Cup of ice
Splash of sparkling water (optional)
Squeeze of lemon (optional)

HOW TO MAKE IT

  1. Shake ingredients in a shaker.
  2. Put in chilled martini glasses.
  3. Put pomegranate fruit into glass as garnish.

MAKES 2 SERVINGS

209 calories, 24 g sugar

Recipe from oprah.com

4

Green Mar-tea-ni

Green tea is a powerful metabolism booster. In a recent 12-week study, participants who drank 4-5 cups of green tea each day and worked out for 25 minutes lost an average of two more pounds and more belly fat than exercisers who didn’t! How so? the brew contains catechins, a type of antioxidant that triggers the release of fat from fat cells and helps speed the liver’s capacity for turning fat into energy. (Those same catechins have been shown to slow the effects of free radicals on cancer cells.) This cocktail may not be a wonder drink, but it’s no Bud Light either.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

2 ounces vodka
1 ounce chilled green tea
Cucumber, sliced, for garnish (optional)

HOW TO MAKE IT

  1. Combine vodka and tea in a martini shaker with ice and shake until chilled.
  2. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of cucumber.

131 calories, 0 g sugar

Recipe from Williams Sonoma Blog

5

Watermelon Basil Mojito

At about 92 percent water, this melon lives up to its name. It also lives up to its reputation as a superfood: Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C and beta carotene, which have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and colon cancer, and alleviate asthma and arthritis. What’s more, studies show that citrulline, an amino acid found in high concentrations in watermelon, can remedy mild to moderate erectile dysfunction. Bottoms up!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

2 oz light or silver rum
1 oz lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
3 basil leaves, one for garnish
0.25 cup fresh chopped watermelon
Splash of club soda

Garnish: watermelon slice + basil leaf garnish

HOW TO MAKE IT

  1. In a glass, muddle fresh watermelon and basil with lime juice and simple syrup.
  2. Add rum.
  3. Top with crushed ice and a splash of club soda.
  4. Garnish and serve.

240 calories, 3 g sugar

Recipe from Redbook