I don’t know about you but, like my red wine fix [filled with scientifically proven anti-aging properties like resveratrol], I like knowing that my alcohol consumption is doing some good for my body.
And let’s be honest:
It’s hot outside.
You have worked hard on your six-pack.
You have at least placed it in the fridge.
I think we can all agree that the less you taste the alcohol, the more delightful it can be – but have you ever looked up the ingredients to most flavored mixers and liquors?
Tons of calories.
*the average Pina Colada has over 300 calories!
Ton of preservatives. Words you can’t even pronounce but that are really just one of the 97 different ways you can say the word S-U-G-A-R.
The last thing you want to do is have the lingering guilt of excess calories and preservatives along with the Hangover – right?
No need to sacrifice nutrition or taste.
Prep Time: Varies depending on how long you want to steep the fruit – and how adept you are with a knife
Note: there are tons of variations to this. The fruit used is an example, and can definitely be swapped out for whatever fruit you like. With the exception of bananas – those don’t tend to hold up well.
- A blender or food processor
- 6 organic plums, washed and sliced [you can substitute 3 pints of blue berries or blackberries]
- 3 lb bag of organic apples of your choice, washed and sliced
- 4 limes, peel on, sliced
- 3 tbsp lemon juice from fresh lemons
- 2 liters of carbonated water
- 2 cups of filtered water
- Alcohol of your choice. **optional** Favorites include Tito’s Vodka, Silver Patron Tequila, Cupcake Red Table Wine, or Prosecco/Brut Champagne of choice
- Cinnamon, to taste
- Large serving pitcher or bowl. One very large cup will also do, or so I hear.
- Combine the plums and 1 cup of filtered water, blend/process to puree; do the same with half of the sliced apples.
- Pour mixture into a large pitcher, add lemon juice, cover with plastic and place in fridge
- Place the remainder of the apples and all the limes in a freeze-safe container. Soak with 1 cup alcohol **optional** of your choice and sprinkle with cinnamon. Cover with lid and place in freezer
- Let freeze/chill for 24 hrs [or 10 hrs at minimum]
- Remove pitcher from fridge and container from freezer
- Use a heavy handled spoon to break up any of the fruit compote that froze and then stir into juice mixture
- Wait until a few minutes before serving to pour in the carbonated water [if you put it in too soon it will be flat and change the taste in a not so great way. If this happens, simply add more alcohol. Or discard completely. But remember, there are starving children in the world and that was organic fruit. Waste not, want not.
- Pour into a large cup with ice and …