The health benefits of grapefruit infused cocktails
“Someone told me that grapefruit was a great detoxifier and I decided I wanted to start cleaning out my liver while I was having a cocktail.” —Chelsea Handler, "Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea"
Comedian Chelsea Handler is quite controversial, but in certain situations, her honesty is her salvation. This is one of those moments.
With only half of the winter season behind us, there is still a dangerous amount of time to gain more of the holiday weight you hoped you wouldn’t, or catch the terrible cold uncle Fred had at Christmas. There are numerous options of delicious alcoholic beverages sure to load you with artificial sweetener, but we’d recommend you opt out and try something which will leave you feeling happy and healthy.
When it comes to alcohol the folks at Imbibe know what they’re talking about. As I was looking for a healthy fruit infused vodka, I was let in on a delicious mixed drink bartenders in Chattanooga have been making recently. Within the last six months, one of the most popular drinks being made involves two simple ingredients: Stiegl Radler and Deep Eddy vodka. The Radler is a dry, shandy beer made with grapefruit soda and Deep Eddy vodka, infused with real grapefruit and no other sweetener.
The Stiegl Radler is great on its own, and has only 35 calories per 100 ml. However sometimes you need an extra kick, which is where the low calorie, naturally sweetened grapefruit infused vodka comes in. Deep Eddy grapefruit vodka has only 67 calories per shot, making it a not-so guilty pleasure. By combining these two, you end up with a refreshing blend of a slightly malty beer, the tart yet sweet taste of the grapefruit soda, and a sharp, tangy kick of vodka.
With other refreshing drinks like the margarita, you’re drinking upwards of 500 calories. Why not go for a Vodka and Grapefruit Radler instead? If you want to change it up a little bit, the Radler pairs great with watermelon and basil infused vodka, which you can hunt down in stores to make on your own. And if you’re not much of a grapefruit enthusiast, there are several other versions of this drink to try. Stiegl also makes a lemon version of the same beer and Deep Eddy’s has cranberry and lemon infused vodka. They also have sweet tea vodka if you call yourself a true southerner!
One of the best things about grapefruit and many other citrus fruits are the low calorie count and the high payoff of naturally sweet, tangy flavor. Grapefruits are high in potassium, fiber, and vitamin C, all of which help to maintain a healthy heart.
Grapefruit is also one of the most hydrating fruits in the world, made up of 91% water and full of electrolytes. The vitamin C and electrolytes are crucial to getting through these winter months when everyone is just a sneeze away from catching the flu. Not only does this increase the hydration levels of your skin, but it also gives your immune system a boost!
Here’s the recipe: 1 part Radler (12-16 ounce can) mixed with 2 parts Deep Eddy grapefruit infused vodka (1-2 ounces).
The recipe is as easy as can be! And if you’re looking for a stronger kick, just add another shot. Cheers to a tangy, healthy rest of winter!