By Sara Novak, TreeHugger
Can a cocktail be good for you? In moderation, we’d like to think so. The seven drinks here are packed with vitamin-rich fruit. Plus, the easy recipes are proof you don’t have to pay top dollar for great cocktails — you can make them at home.
The key to tasty and potentially healthy cocktails is avoiding processed, sugar-packed store-bought mixes. And just like cooking farm to fork, mixing farm to fork means letting the ingredients shine. In a word, simplicity is key.
To trim down the carbon footprint, use a farmers’ market as your guide to what’s local, using the same flexibility as you would in your normal seasonal cooking to adjust recipes as needed to what’s growing at home. While South Carolina watermelons, cucumbers, pears, and peaches are often available locally into the late summer or fall, they may not be on shelves in your neck of the woods.
1. Bloody Mary with a Twist
Tomato juice is naturally loaded with vitamins and minerals — especially if you make your own. Add a little vodka and you’ve got a party.
While Bloody Marys are the essential brunch cocktail, the garnish — Buddha’s hands peels (also called fingered citrus) that have been seeped in vodka — makes this one special. The lemon-like fruit has a less bitter zest, and is commonly found in Southern California.
The peels, however, have a stronger flavor than lemons and add a serious kick. But if you can’t find them, simply make your own infused vodka with lemon peels. After a few weeks soaking, the peels are ready to go.
Bloody Mary with a Twist
10 oz. organic tomato juice
2 oz. organic vodka
2 dashes of hot sauce
2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
Pinch of black pepper
Garnish with Buddha’s hands, olives, and celery
Rim with sea salt
1. Rim a medium height glass with sea salt.
2. Combine the first four ingredients in a bowl and stir. Add ice to the glass and add mixture. Season with pepper.
3. Garnish with celery, vodka infused Buddha’s hands, and olives.
Recipe: Susan Williams
All images by Sara Novak