Refreshing Cocktails – You could be fantasizing about sunbathing and pool days as summer approaches because this is the time of year that we all have the most fun. However, keep in mind that high heat indices increase your risk of heat-related diseases such as dehydration, fatigue, and heatstroke.
In hot weather, the human body works through fluids considerably faster; therefore, consuming the proper beverages to stay cool and healthy is critical.
Here are five enticing and refreshing cocktails we recommend for the hot summer days that’ll keep you hydrated and refreshed.
- Electrolyte-Infused Water Cocktail
- Cherry Whiskey Smash
- Pomegranate, Lime, Vodka Granita
- Warming Ginger Soda
- Grilled Watermelon, Ink Gin, and Mint Cocktail
1. Electrolyte-Infused Water Cocktail
Drinking water is beneficial to your health in various ways, including controlling your blood pressure and body temperature and increasing your productivity, memory, and mood. Electrolyte water contains electrically charged minerals, such as calcium, sodium, magnesium, and potassium.
Electrolyte water is also known as alkaline water or mineral water. Incidentally, both tap water and seawater include electrolytes in the form of different types of salt, albeit in minimal quantities.
To make your electrolyte-infused water refreshing cocktails for summer, combine ¼ a cup of lime juice, ¼ teaspoon of salt, ¼ a cup of lemon juice, 2 cups of cold water, 1½ cups of coconut water, and 1 tablespoon of agave nectar or honey. If you wish, you can add a shot of vodka and ice cubes.
2. Cherry Whiskey Smash
You’ll need to smash 8 cherries to release their nutritious juice, then add whiskey, ice cubes, and cherry liqueur. Stir it to combine well, add some club soda, stir again, and serve with a cocktail straw. Garnish with a cherry.
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Cherries include various minerals, including antioxidants and vitamin C. As part of a balanced diet, they might even help safeguard heart health, enhance sleep, and decrease inflammation, according to some studies.
3. Pomegranate, Lime, Vodka Granita
Add ½ a cup of water and ½ a cup of sugar and bring to a boil in a small saucepan. Whisk the sugar until it completely dissolves. Off the heat, stir in the zest from 1 lime, and allow to fully cool. After that, whisk in 2 tablespoons of lime juice, ¼ a cup of vodka, and 3½ cups of unsweetened pomegranate juice.
Pour the liquid mixture into a shallow freezer-safe container and place in the freezer for 1 hour. Remove the dish from the freezer and use a fork to break up the granita, giving special care to the dish’s edges. Return the granita to the freezer, and remember to rake it with a fork every thirty minutes until fully frozen but also flaky.
Pomegranates have been consumed for their health advantages throughout history. They have anti-inflammatory properties, are antioxidants, aid in digestion and cancer prevention, provide vitamin C, and offer protection against arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and cardiovascular disease.
Lime is a good source of potassium and magnesium. Which helps to fight infection, improve digestion, lower blood sugar, reduce inflammation, prevent cancer. Also, help with weight loss, rejuvenate the skin, and reduce heart disease.
4. Warming Ginger Soda
Combine 8 oz (225 g) of caster sugar, 11 oz (300 g) of unpeeled fresh root ginger – finely sliced, juice and zest of 1½ lemons, with 6 whole cloves in a pan. Cover with a pint (600 ml) of cold water and gently heat to dissolve the sugar.
Slowly increase the heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes. Pour into a jug by sieving through a fine strainer. Allow it to chill for 10 minutes before topping up with 1¾ pints (1 liter) of soda water. You can opt to garnish your warming ginger soda cocktail with fresh mint leaves.
Ginger has numerous health benefits as it helps to ease menstruation pain and arthritis symptoms. It calms nausea, lowers blood sugar, curbs cancer growth, soothes sore muscles, and fights germs. It also keeps your mouth healthy due to its antibacterial properties.
5. Grilled Watermelon, Ink Gin, and Mint Cocktail
Using 1kg of watermelon, remove the rind and cut 12 pieces into ice cube size portions, placing them on a baking paper-lined baking tray. Freeze overnight. Heat a chargrill pan the following day. Cook the remainder watermelon flesh, cut in wedges, for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until browned.
Remove from the heat and set aside to cool thoroughly. Blend in a food processor with 1 tablespoon of caster sugar until smooth. Sieve through a fine strain, discard the excess pulp, and chill until ice-cold. Split the watermelon ice cubes across four drinking glasses. Divide and pour into the glasses 125 ml (½ cup) of Ink gin, 250 ml (1 cup) of tonic water, mint leaves, lemon slices, and watermelon juice. Mix to blend. Serve right away.
Watermelon has beneficial plant compounds and makes a great addition to refreshing cocktails for summer. It is low in calories, contains nutrients, and helps you hydrate. Watermelon contains vital antioxidants, including carotenoids, cucurbitacin E, vitamin C, and lycopene. It has also been shown to lower oxidative damage and inflammation, relieve muscle soreness, improve heart health and digestion, and prevent macular degeneration. Watermelon also contains compounds known to aid the prevention of cancer, keep your hair strong, and your skin supple.
Summing It Up
While these refreshing cocktails will keep you cool and reinvigorated throughout summer. Adding that buzz to the sun and fun will also be beneficial to your health and general well-being. Remember, the glass in which you pour this beverage or the decanter you pour it out from makes all the difference. Use our prestigious set of whiskey glasses and uniquely handcrafted decanters and blow away your guests’ minds.