Get Tipsy (Guilt Free) On Alex Carro: Healthy Cocktail Recipes For Hot Summer Nights

24 August 2017 / by Alexandra Nodes

 

What’s the first thing you think about when I say, “cocktails”? If the answer is “ideal source of monounsaturated fats, fiber and superfood fruits and vegetables!” then congrats. You’re a better person than I am.

When summer comes, my mind says iced-water with a thick wedge of cucumber or a sprig of mint. But my body says margarita. I guess you could say that trying to reconcile these two elements of myself is an ongoing personal project.

One thing I have learned over the years is that cocktails and skin care have a lot in common. Mixabilty is key, and using great ingredients will do a lot of the hard work for you. Go natural, and you’ll get instant results!

So maybe your body can have that margarita while your mind gets its kicks from knowing you’re also enjoying some healthy, wellness building cocktail realness thanks to thoughtful ingredient choices and responsible consumption.

And you get bonus points for impressing your friends with cocktails that are deceptively simple and won’t leave them clutching their heads in despair the next morning.

Here are my top three (after years of painstaking research). I consider one shot to be around 30ml. I’m generous that way. Each recipe serves one, so do your maths accordingly.

 

The Cumbia Mule

Ingredients:
2 shots vodka
1/2 shot lime juice
4 shots watermelon juice (or 1 cup of watermelon)
1 shot ginger beer
50g chia seeds
3 shots water
Kosher salt

For the glass rim:

Mix two parts kosher salt and one part chia seeds in a small bowl. Take your cocktail glass and wet the rim with a lime wedge before dipping into the salt and chia seed mixture.

For the cocktail:

1. Start by making your drunken chia seeds. Mix 20g of chia seeds with 3 shots of water and 1.5 shots of vodka, then set aside.
2. Use a blender to smooth and liquify a cup of watermelon.
3. In a shaker glass combine ice, 2 shots of vodka, lime juice, and the watermelon puree. Then shake vigorously.
4. Fill a glass with ice and strain the mixture into the glass.
5. Add and stir drunken chia seeds into the cocktail and top with ginger beer.

 

The Pomegranate Champagne Martini

Ingredients:

2 shots vodka
2 shots champagne (I use Cava because, hey, shop local, right?)
1 shot pomegranate juice
A bunch of mint leaves, chopped

For the cocktail:

1. Chill your martini glasses in the freezer or with iced water.
2. Muddle 3 or 4 mint leaves in your shaker and pour over the vodka, some ice, pomegranate juice and half the cava. Shake carefully (cava gets rowdy if you shake it too much).
3. Strain into the chilled martini glasses and top up with the remaining cava, garnishing with a mint leaf or two.

 

The cucumber Vodka Collins

Ingredients:

1 cup of diced cucumber
A handful of mint leaves
Some agave (you can use honey if you can’t find agave)
Lemon juice (half a decent sized lemon is enough)
2 shots of vodka

For the cocktail:

1. Muddle the cucumber, mint and agave or honey (just a tiny bit for sweetness) in your shaker until the cucumber is juiced and it smells of mint.
2. Pour over ice, lemon juice and vodka.
3. Shake well (really well) and then strain out the bits of mint and cucumber, pouring the liquid over ice and garnishing with a slice of cucumber or a sprig of mint.

 

Topics: Food + Nutrition


Alexandra Nodes

Written by Alexandra Nodes

Alexandra is the founder of Alex Carro, and creates and develops all of our products based on her extensive experience with natural botanical plant and herb extracts and essential oils. Her background is in arts management, and she currently splits her time between Barcelona and her studio in the Montseny mountains.