Organic Cocktails for Your Holiday Celebration
Work organic into your holiday cocktail mix to avoid harmful food preservatives, colors, and pesticides.
Most cities or towns with decent wine or liquor stores will carry at least some organic hooch. And if you can't find it on local shelves, just about anything you want can be ordered online. (You can make your own simple syrup by simply stirring organic sugar in boiling water, and then setting aside to thicken.)
If you do drink during the holidays, why not try incorporating some organic elements into the mix? And, of course, be careful not to overindulge. Overdoing it can erase the heart-healthy benefits of alcohol, and could even lead to holiday heart syndrome, an abnormal heart rhythm caused by binge drinking that often occurs during holiday festivities.
Here are a few organic holiday cocktail recipes:
BLACKBERRY LEMONADE VODKA COCKTAIL
With a hint of sour and a touch of sweet, the completely Organic “Blackberry Lemonade Vodka” cocktail is a delicious holiday treat.
1 Organic Lemon
8 Organic Blackberries
1 ounce Organic Simple Syrup
1 1/2 ounces Organic Vodka
Squeeze the juice of one medium size organic lemon into a cocktail shaker. Add 8 Organic Blackberries and muddle together well. Add 1 ounce of Organic Simple Syrup. Add about 1 cup of ice into the cocktail shaker. Pour 1 1/2 ounces of Organic Vodka over the ice. Shake vigorously. Pour the entire cocktail into a rocks glass.
Organic Lemon juice has been known to be a natural fat-burner for centuries and also helps your body with water retention and removes any toxins (remember to drink a water with lemon any post-cocktail mornings). *Meyer Lemons are a variety of lemons that have a sweet side, perfect for cocktails!
Organic Blackberries are very high in fibre, Vitamin C and other wonderful nutrients. Blackberries are great antioxidants and their sweet flavor satisfies the nagging sweet-tooth.
Serving Suggestions: Crowd pleasing and beautiful, this organic cocktail will look perfect on the table for a dinner party or special cocktail get-together.
PINK GRAPEFRUIT SPARKLER
3 oz. Pink Grapefruit Sparkling ICE, 2 oz. Square One Organic Vodka, 1 oz. Fruitlab Organic Orange Liquor, ½ oz. lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a tall glass filled with with ice and stir.
1 splash Phillips Peppermint Schnapps 1 oz. Prairie Organic Vodka 1 tbsp. honey ½ lime (cut into wedges) ¼ c. mint leaves Sparkling water Garnish: mint sprig
Muddle mint leaves, honey, lime wedges, and peppermint schnapps in a mixing glass. Pour mixture into a glass, add ice and vodka, and top with sparkling water. Stir well, and garnish with a mint sprig.