SUPERFOOD COCKTAIL RECIPES

-LILY SOUTTER, NUTRITIONIST

London Cocktail week 2016 hit us hard last week. A serious amount of sugar was consumed in the shape of every spirit imaginable. 

But where’s the fun in only celebrating for one week? We’ve decided to keep the alcohol flowing and instead simply reduce the sugar intake. Now you can enjoy some guilt-free boozing whilst saving on some cash. 

Nutritionist Lily Soutter, has created her top superfood cocktail recipes, allowing us to  smugly indulge in our favourite cocktails whilst knowing they’re brimming with extra health benefits.

It’s time to combine the Retox with the Detox:

BLUEBERRY MOJITO

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, plus extra for garnish

  • 4 oz white rum

  • 10 fresh mint leaves

  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar

  • Juice of 2 limes

  • 6 oz soda water

  • Ice

  1. Purée blueberries in a food processor or blender until smooth.

  2. Place mint leaves and sugar into a cocktail shake and either use a wooden spoon or muddler (if you have one) to mash the mint and sugar.

  3. Add lime juice, rum and puréed blueberries: shake vigorously.

  4. Pour ice and soda water into two tall glasses and then pour in rum mixture. Gently stir.

  5. Garnish with a lime wedge, extra blueberries and a sprig of mint. 

SUPERFOOD:Blueberries

The bright purple colour of this blueberry mojito comes from special antioxidants called anthocyanins. Studies have shown that anthocyanins may help to decrease the effects of exercise-induced muscle soreness, making this the perfect post-workout cocktail.

The rich antioxidant and vitamin C content of blueberries may also help to prevent the dreaded hangover by counteracting alcohol induced oxidative stress, whilst speeding up the metabolism of alcohol by the liver.

PINEAPPLE AND COCONUT WATER PINA COLADA

 

  • ½ pineapple

  • 1 cup of ice

  • 2 cups chilled coconut water

  • 1 cup vodka

  • 2 limes fresh mint

 

Remove the core and skin of the pineapple and add to a blender. Blend pineapple with the vodka, ice, coconut water, juice of one of the limes, 2 mint leaves and blend until smooth. Pour into the glasses and squeeze in a lime wedge and serve with a sprig of mint.

 

SUPERFOOD: Coconut water

 

Coconut water has amazing hydrating properties due to its rich content of electrolytes and minerals. In fact, coconut water contains more potassium than a banana. Potassium is a mineral that works with sodium to balance fluid and electrolyte levels in the body.Bad hangovers can often be a result of alcohol induced dehydration and loss of electrolytes. By adding coconut water to your cocktail you can counteract this fluid loss and prevent a hangover.  

TOMATO AND BEETROOT BLOODY MARY
  • 25ml vodka

  • 25ml fresh cucumber juice

  • 100ml freshly blended tomato juice

  • 10ml Worcestershire sauce

  • 40ml beetroot juice

  • 2.5ml apple cider vinegar

  • 2 dashes of green and red Tabasco

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • A pinch of paprika

 

Mix everything together in a cocktail shaker, strain and serve on ice. Garnish with a celery stalk, lemon, and cucumber slice.

 

SUPERFOOD: Beetroot

 

We could all do with a little more liver support whilst indulging in cocktails. Beetroot really is the magic detox ingredient within this tasty cocktail. Betalin, the purple pigment in beetroot, is responsible for aiding the detoxification process. Beetroot has the added benefit of stimulating bile flow, therefore increases the excretion of toxins from the body.

KALE MARTINI
  • 2 cups cucumber

  • 2 cups spinach

  • 1 head of celery

  • 1/2 inch or tsp ginger root

  • 1 bunch parsley

  • 2 apples

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

  • 2.5 oz vodka

  • 2 cups of kale

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Strain out the juice. Pour into glasses and serve.

 

SUPERFOOD: Kale

 

Kale really does deserve a superfood title. With an outstanding nutrient profile, you can come close to getting your recommended daily allowance of anti-inflammatory vitamins A, C and K in just one serving. Kale also contains more iron than the equivalent weight of steak and more bone-building calcium than milk. Kale is also rich in sulphur compounds, which play a vital role in the detoxification process – giving us the added liver support we need whilst enjoying our evening drinks. 

VEGAN BAILEYS
 

  • 1 can light coconut milk

  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk

  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar

  • 3/4 cup strong espresso or coffee, or to taste

  • 3/4-1 cup Jameson Irish Whiskey, or to taste

  • A pinch of Himalayan salt

In a large pot add coconut milk and whisk in coconut sugar. Simmer for about 8-10 minutes, and stir until it thickens slightly. Remove from heat and stir in the espresso or coffee. Add a pinch of salt and the whiskey (to taste). Store in sealed jars and serve over ice, with coffee or tea, or in baked goods.

 

SUPERFOOD: Coconut Milk

 

If you’re lactose intolerant, avoiding diary or simply looking for a healthier swap, then this coconut milk baileys is the recipe for you.  Coconut milk is made up of unique fats called medium chain triglycerides, which have been shown to boost metabolism. These fats are utilised by the body as an instant source of fuel in favour of being stored as fat. Two great reasons to eat more fat to lose fat. Coconut oil is also rich in anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal agents, perfect if you need to give your immune system a boost. 

Lily Soutter Bsc (Hons) Nutrition, Dip ION, mBANT, CNHC

 

Lily is a Nutritionist and weight loss expert providing one-to-one nutrition consultations for health optimisation. She has obtained a Food and Human Nutrition degree from Newcastle University and a Nutritional Therapy diploma from The Institute of Optimum Nutrition. Lily's  has an extensive knowledge of the science of food and health, which enables her to regularly write for The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Mirror, Women's Health, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan.

Check Lily's website here.