This Herbal Drink Doubles As a Healthy Soda Alternative and a Cocktail Mixer
Sparkling waters in an array of trendy flavors are making a splash right now. From La Croix to bubly to Spindrift, these healthy soda alternatives offer zero- or low-calorie flavor and the carbonation you miss after ditching regular pop. But now there's a new effervescent player in the game—Bitter Love—and its flavor profile is quite revolutionary.
Bitter Love is a ready-to-drink refreshment made from bitter herbs, sparkling water, and a splash of fruit juice for sweetness. The bitter herb blend includes Ashwagandha root and leaf extract, artichoke leaf extract, gentian extract, ginger extract, and artemisia extract—which are all touted to improve digestion.
"We wanted to use adaptogens such as Ashwagandha in the herbal blend because it is known as one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing and said to work with the body to create a balance," Karen Farrell, the co-owner of Bitter Love and herbalist, told us via email. "It is well-known for the restorative and rejuvenating benefits."
In fact, a study in the Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine found that Ashwagandha root extract safely and effectively improves stress resistance, therefore improving quality of life.
Why should you stock up on Bitter Love?
Each bottle contains only 40 calories and zero added sugar (there are only 4 grams of naturally-occurring sugar from the fruit juice). They come in three fun flavors: Peppered Grapefruit, Toasted Pineapple, and Tart Cherry.
While we're all for sipping on this with your lunch—the bubbles make for a great mid-afternoon pick-me-up—this drink also doubles as an awesome cocktail mixer. The slightly tart and mild flavor pairs perfectly with any liquor. Swap the tonic in your gin drink for a splash of Bitter Love for subtle bitterness and a refreshing taste. Plus, you'll save about 80 calories and 28 grams of sugar (per 12-ounce serving) by making this smart swap!
You could even craft a healthier piña colada by shaking rum with a half-cup of Pineapple Bitter Love and healthy-fat-filled coconut cream. Most piña coladas contain upwards of 250 calories and 30 grams of sugar, so Bitter Love would definitely serve as a sound addition to your home bar cart!