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Tasty Better Fit, Perfect Margarita

What! A margarita that's healthier for me and tastes just as good? Not possible. What's your secret? 

Good tequila. With a great tequila the hard work is done. All you need after that is a perfect blend of lime juice, maple syrup, ice and muddled jalapeno. OK, the jalapeno is optional. But even in small amounts it adds a nice subtle kick to the otherwise delicious cocktail. So there ya go. High quality tequila. 

Ingredients:

2 oz High grade Blanco or Silver Tequila

1.5 oz Fresh Lime juice

1tbsp (.5 oz) Simple Syrup (or maple syrup)

2 tbsp Pink Himalayan Salt (or no salt)

1 Lime wedge

2 Jalapenos thin sliced and muddled (optional)

2 Purified Ice Cubes

Instructions:

In a shaker add tequila, lime juice, syrup and jalapenos

Muddle jalapenos

Add in 2 cube purified ice cubes

Shake for 2-3 minutes (until cubes dissolve)

Strain over a salted rim, ice filled glass

Garnish with lime

Nutrition Gained:

Lime juice and maple syrup add antioxidants and anti-viral properties to our body. We're still including an alcohol that causes inflammation as it processes, but we are incorporating it with ingredients that will aid in breaking it down. 

What We Avoided:

Processed sugar, artificial flavors, mixers, low quality alcohol and just bad tasting drinks. All of which hinder our body in one way or another of working how it should and causing detrimental inflammation and disease. Remember, moderation is key. 

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Blueberry Ginger Kombucha Vodka Cocktail

Just as a general rule, drinking alcohol causes inflammation. The lower the quality the more the harm. Different types cause different amounts. But the most common irritant associated with alcohol are the ingredients it's mixed with. 

So let's assume we are not going to over-consume. This cocktail is designed to avoid the bad and add nutrition while leaving a delicious flavor to enjoy responsibly.

 

Ingredients:

4 oz (½ cup) Blueberry Ginger Kombucha

1/2 Lime, juiced

4oz (½ cup) Purified Water

½ tbsp Simple Syrup (or Maple Syrup)

Pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt

8-10 Blueberries, muddled

2 stalks Mint, for garnish

1 Lime wedge, for garnish

1.5 oz (1 shot) Premium grade Organic Vodka

Simple Syrup

1/2 cup Purified Water

1/3 cup Maple Syrup (or Raw Honey)

Instructions:

Instructions

In a medium non-reactive pot, combine water and maple syrup

Bring to a boil

Turn down heat to a nice simmer

Let cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally

Strain, let cool and store in glass jar in the fridge.

Cocktail

Muddle blueberries in shaker.

Then add lime juice, purified water, maple syrup and salt.

Shake for one minute

Add shot of organic vodka and mix for an additional minute

Add blueberry ginger kombucha mixer

Pour over clear ice. (Try for the clearest ice possible for the cleanest cocktail. Preferably homemade purified water ice)

Garnish with mint and lime wedge

Nutrition Gained:

The fruits add beneficial antioxidants and the kombucha throws in a tasty amount of probiotics. 

What We Avoided:

By going organic we avoided harmful synthetic fertilizers. With going organic high quality corn vodka we reduced our chances of the harmful inflammatory effects lower, less distilled alcohol cause. We replaced often processed sugar or corn derived syrups with natural, nutrient adding ingredients. 

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Strawberry Kombucha Vodka Cocktail

A strawberry pomegranate probiotic cocktail is unisex. I don't care what you say and who says it. This drink is too good to be only available to one sex. So maybe I won't drink it in crowds but drinking this delicious cocktail is acceptable for its antioxidants and probiotic properties that match its refreshing bite. 

 

Ingredients:

4 oz (½ cup) Homemade Strawberry Kombucha

1 medium sized Lemon, juiced

1 cup purified water

½ tbsp Maple Syrup

3-4 Purified Water Ice Cubes

3-4 Mint Leaves

Pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt

Hand full of Pomegranate seeds

1.5 oz (1 shot) Premium Organic Vodka

2 stalks Mint, for garnish

1 Strawberry, for garnish

Instructions:

Muddle pomegranate seeds and mint leaves into bottom of mixer

Combine lemon juice, purified water, maple syrup and salt into mixer. Shake for one minute

Add shot of vodka and shake for an additional minute

Add kombucha to mixer (I'll be making homemade kombucha for you in a show episode soon, so be on the look out here (LINK TO EPISODES)

Pour over clear Ice. (It’s always best to have the clearest ice possible for the best cocktails. In my humble opinion. Preferably ice made from your purified water)

Garnish with mint and strawberry

Nutrition Gained:

We're adding healthy bacteria to our body from the kombucha's probiotics. As well as antioxidants and anti-viral elements that work to boost our immune system. 

What We Avoided:

We avoided the commonly used sugary pairings cocktails receive. Loaded with sugar, preservatives and ingredients that deprive our body of nutrition as the sugar from the alcohol inflames it worse. We chose top grade organic vodka to give our bodies the best chance to process the alcohol without irritation.

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My go to, if you have to, nutritious Vodka Lime Cocktail

I know. But it's for a pinch. In a bind. When you need something, but there is nothing. You can't do the other ones because it's just not worth it anymore.

For this case, when all is lost, there's one simple option. Vodka, water, lime or lemon. It's not glamorous and isn't big and shiny. But, it does safeguard you from much worse and still gives you the pleasure associated with alcohol and social times. 

 

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Premium Organic Corn or Potato Vodka

2 Lime wedges

Clean Purified Water Ice Cubes

Purified water

 

Instructions:

Mix two parts water with vodka into rocks glass of clean and clear ice.

Squeeze limes and stir.

Nutrition Gained:

With going water and citrus we are staying hydrated and incorporating detoxifying elements to the body for anything else that may be causing inflammation. 

What We Avoided:

We avoided a lot of disease aiding ingredients associated with mixed drinks and lower quality drinks with processed sugar ingredients. The syrups and artificial flavors and low quality alcohol make for one body battering experience. I always picture a big burly drunk monster walking over a screaming village pouring his adult beverage over the towns people as he has the time of his life, laughing. Let's keep our villagers safe. 

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Stress relieving Simply Nutritious Moscow Mule

Let's keep this summer feel going with a fresh, immune boosting Moscow Mule. Ingredients crafted for adding nourishment to the body (with a little bit of high quality alcohol mixed in). The bite, tart and sweet all come together in this inflammation friendly version, to create a refreshing drink you can enjoy all year. 

The copper mug is key. There's just something about it that isn't the same without it. I mean, it's still a great cocktail without it. But with it, it's complete.

 

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Premium Organic Vodka

¾ oz Fresh Lime Juice

1 oz Ginger Syrup (recipe found here)

4.5 oz (3 shots) Ginger Kombucha

1 sprig Mint, muddled

Clear Purified Ice Cubes

Garnished with a Lime Wedge and Mint

Copper Mug

¼ cup (2 oz) fresh Ginger, thin sliced rough chop (no peeling necessary)

⅔ cup Purified Water

⅓ cup Maple Syrup (or Raw Honey)

Ginger Simple Syrup Recipe

¼ cup (2 oz) fresh ginger, thin sliced rough chop (no peeling necessary)

⅔ cup Purified water

⅓ cup Maple Syrup (or Raw Honey)

Instructions:

Ginger Simple Syrup Recipe

In a medium non-reactive pot, combine the ginger, water and maple syrup and bring to a boil

Turn the heat down to a nice simmer

Let cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally

Strain, let cool and store in glass jar in the fridge.

Cocktail

In a shaker combine vodka, lime juice, mint and simple syrup

Muddle mint

Add 2 purified ice cubes

Shake for 1 minute

Add 4.5 oz of kombucha

Gently swirl

Strain into a copper mug (rocks glass if you must) filled with clean ice 

Garnish with a lime wedge and a piece of your leftover strained candied ginger

Nutrition Gained: 

The mix of kombucha, fruit and ginger offer healthy bacteria, antioxidants and stress relief for the body while you enjoy relaxing and the social aspect associated with ingesting adult beverages.

What We Avoided:

We avoided highly processed sugar, low quality alcohol and other ingredients that hinder the process in our gut and work together to create a beaten down environment and inflammation. Well, we avoided that. So, no worries. 

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Blueberry Ginger Immune Boosting Kombucha Mocktail

Say we want to still enjoy the social aspect associated with cocktails but without the alcohol and keeping a tasty cocktail like beverage?? Well, say hello to the mocktail. Keeping the same bite, flavor and free spirits associated with the social world of cocktails but removing the often inflammation causing ingredient, alcohol. Here we have a delicious and antioxidant rich nutritious blueberry ginger mocktail. Enjoy, responsibly!

Ingredients:

4oz Cup Blueberry Ginger Kombucha

1/2 Lime, juiced

4oz cup Purified Water

½ tbsp Simple Syrup (or Maple Syrup)

2-3 Mint Leaves, muddled

8-10 Blueberries, muddled

Pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt

2 stalks Mint, for garnish

1 Lime wedge, for garnish

Simple Syrup

1/2 cup Purified Water

1/3 cup Maple Syrup (or Raw Honey)

Instructions

Simple Syrup

In a medium non-reactive pot, combine water and maple syrup

Bring to a boil

Turn down heat to a nice simmer

Let cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally

Strain, let cool and store in glass jar in the fridge.

Mocktail

Muddle blueberries into bottom of mixing jar

Combine lime juice, purified water, simple syrup and salt into mixing jar, and shake for one minute

Add blueberry ginger kombucha mixing jar 

Pour over clear Ice. (Try for the clearest ice possible for the cleanest cocktail. Preferably homemade purified water ice)

Garnish with mint and lime wedge.

Nutrition Gained:

Not only are we avoiding common processed sugar drinks and harmful substances included in them, we are gaining probiotics, anti-bacterial elements, antioxidant relief against free radicals and a refreshing drink that will leave our body satisfied. 

What We Avoided:

Just as said in the "Nutrition Gained" section, we are avoiding common processed sugars, inflammation causing added ingredients and chemicals that irritate the lining of our gut. Making the rest of our digestion process a lot harder then it needs to be. 

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Pomegranate Strawberry Immune Boosting Kombucha Mocktail

 

Say we want to still enjoy the social aspect associated with cocktails but without the alcohol and keeping a tasty cocktail like beverage?? Well, say hello to our Strawberry Mocktail. Fights inflammation and keeps your gut happy. All while delivering a bubbly delicious taste.

 

Ingredients:

4oz (½ cup)  Homemade Strawberry Kombucha

1 medium sized Lemon, juiced

4oz (1/2 cup) Purified Water

½ tbsp Maple Syrup

2-3 Mint Leaves

Pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt

Hand full of Pomegranate seeds

2 stalks Mint, for garnish

1 Strawberry, for garnish

Instructions:

Muddle pomegranate seeds and mint leaves into bottom of mixing jar

Combine lemon juice, purified water, maple syrup and salt into mixing jar, and shake for one minute

Add kombucha mixing jar

Pour over clear ice. (Try for the clearest ice possible for the cleanest cocktail. Preferably homemade purified water ice)

Garnish with mint and strawberry.

Nutrition Gained:

With having homemade kombucha we are in control of all the ingredients and have created a low sugar version of this healthy bacteria drink. The maple syrup and fruits provide a healthy dose of antioxidants to fight against free radical and inflammation damage. Strawberries also provide Vitamin C, folate and antioxidants that help regulate inflammation and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (making them heart healthy).

What We Avoided:

We avoided common artificial and processed sweeteners associated with these types of drinks. With making our ingredients organic we avoided synthetic fertilizers and common preservatives that often times do more harm in the body then good.