Turmeric And Ginger Make My Top Local “Superfood” Cocktail Recipe
Can we make cocktails healthy too? Of course we can, with turmeric! If you’re anything like me, you too enjoy a sneaky cocktail or spritzer after a seriously long week of work. Or when your muscles are super stiff from an intense workout, a cold one to soothe the tension wouldn’t harm anyone. It’s #progressnotperfection, right?
You’ve probably heard of the golden spice-turmeric. It’s certainly the superfood of 2017 and the world is throwing it in pretty much everything. So why not mix it into your G&T too? Turmeric is most commonly used in Indian-style curries. But it’s somehow managed to find its way into smoothies, salads, juices, essential oils and now cocktails.
So before I reveal the inflammatory-busting recipe…
Let’s Talk About The Benefits Of Turmeric.
I am sure you’re familiar with turmeric’s bright orange-yellow color. If not, you are now. The spice gets it’s radiant color from the substance inside it called curcumin. However, what you may not know is that this brightly colored pigment is also a potent anti-inflammatory agent. FYI, studies even say that it’s just as effective as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. Moreover that the spice may also be helpful in treating osteoarthritis, viral and bacterial infections, stomach ulcers, cancer and other conditions. And because of its antioxidant properties its even being called “the natural remedy of the century.”
The cherry on-top of turmeric is its great at boosting your memory and cognitive functioning as you age. There is literally no nutrient more effective than curcumin at promoting a healthy inflammatory response in your brain, heart and body. Multiple studies say that the spice naturally detoxes the body and supports, pain-free joints, balanced moods and strong immune systems. Curcumin even improves metabolic function and reduces the risk of plaque buildup in the arteries of type-2 diabetes patients. Lastly it acts as an anti-diabetic and antioxidant in patients with type-1 diabetes.
So why wouldn’t we want to try turn these benefits into drinkable, East Asian-inspired, health cocktails? Can’t think of one reason not to.
Gin, Ginger And Turmeric…
Well, I sort of made the recipe up as I went along. And maybe stole a few tips from other places. But basically I wanted to create a really healthy cocktail, that’s tasty and filled with one of my favorite spirits, gin.
Fun Fact: We produce gin from the juniper berry, which is a superfood alone. Research shows that these berries may help fight infection, prevent heart disease, improve blood circulation and even fight kidney and liver disease. So having a gin every now and then may actually help you trim your waistline and get younger, healthier looking skin.
I bet when you think of turmeric you think of spicy food. Not exactly something you would consider adding into your cocktail shaker, right. Surprisingly, the spice pairs fantastically with other ingredients like cinnamon, ginger, and orange. Add a little lime juice and voila!
- 2 shots Gin (Bombay is a good choice.)
- 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 Orange
- 1 Lime
- Fresh Ginger
- 1 cup Sparkling Water
First, cut your orange into halves. Squeeze all the juice out of both halves into the cocktail shaker. Save the orange peel. Do the same with your lime. Then grate whatever you have left of both the lime and orange peel, to use as zest. Add some of the zest to the shaker- use the rest for garnishing. Then finely chop some fresh ginger. About a tablespoon of it. Add it to the shaker.
Crush the mixture with the back of a spoon to bring out the flavours. Add four ice blocks or crushed ice, the gin, turmeric, cinnamon and sparkling water. Then shake, shake, shake. Serve chilled in a glass and garnish with lime and orange zest. Mint is also nice to use.
It’s as easy as that. Now you can sip on your cocktail, guilt-free.
Remember to work hard, be healthy and play harder.