What do coconut cream, pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, rose’ wine, orange juice, coconut cream, and lemon juice have in common. Well, several things actually. They make great cocktails, and they’re all good for you. Let me explain!
I’m from Florida, and it goes without saying that Florida orange juice is a great mixer. It also has lots of vitamin C. One of our favorite is what Chuck and I call a Jack and Orange. It is simply orange juice and Jack Daniels, but there are other equally nutritious mixers.
Coconut cream can fill you up. Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats, but this saturated fat is a medium chain triglyceride. Medium chain triglycerides not only increase the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body, but also help to convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterol.
By increasing the HDL’s in the body, it helps promote heart health, and lower the risk of heart disease. Our bodies handle these better, or though they say. The story behind coconut oil is everywhere right now, as they tell us it can slow aging, help the heart, and much more.
My doctor puts it in his coffee–a tablespoon a day. Me, I just love a pina colada so I was already sold. Best of all though is it is supposed to help with losing weight. Pangs of hunger? Try this, and it is supposed to suppress your appetite for up to 4 hours. WOW!
Coconut Rum Cocktail
- 2 jiggers of coconut rum
- 1 jigger of cream of coconut
Fill a martini glass with two jiggers of the rum, add the coconut cream to the rum, and then pour into a shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously, strain, and pour back into your martini glass. You can also use a blender to blend the concoction with the ice for a frosty cocktail. I added a sprinkling of nutmeg, which will make a great fall martini.
POM Juice is something I’ve been adding to cocktails and mocktails for quite a while now. I love it mixed with just about anything but especially club soda. Did you know that it has natural plant estrogens and can help with hot flashes?
Well, I didn’t either.
Try this POM cocktail. It is also a source of Vitamin C which can boost your immune system. You can even rub raw pomegranate on your face, and it can help with boosting collagen.
- 2 jiggers of pomegranate juice (I use POM juice)
- 1 jigger of vodka
- 1/2 jigger of orange liqueur
- Chilled champagne or sparkling rose to fill a glass
Mix all together in a glass. Voila!
We’ve been adding lemon to water for years to help us with weight control. Well, why not add it to your cocktail? We all know how it can improve our liver’s ability to burn fat for energy. So add it to our alcohol since we need it to activate detox enzymes in the liver anyway.
Lemon Drop Martini
- Jigger of vodka
- 1/3rd jigger of orange liqueur
- 1/2 jigger of fresh squeezed lemon juice
- simple syrup to taste
Shake it all together with ice, strain and pour! I shake the first four ingredients then add the fourth to taste and shake again.
Oh my achy breaky ❤️! I’m not a super fan of red wine, but I do like sparkling rose’. And the antioxidants in red or rose can help with those free radicals that cause inflammation. You know we old people know a thing or two about inflammation. They say that rose’ wine can even help us slim faster.
- 1 bottle of rose’
- 1 bottle of sparkling water
Mix the two and make a spritzer out of it. For an extra nutritious and delicious beverage add a couple of strawberries to a glass, muddle the strawberries, and then add the rose and sparkling water. I drink spritzers when I need to lose a little weight. I cut out all the other alcoholic beverages.
Last but not least is cranberry juice. Are you having trouble with bloating? Don’t we all?
For bloating, cranberries are our friend, as they can break up the waste in our bowels and can also stimulate the release of extra water. That’s good enough for me–the appearance of being slimmer!!
Cranberry Vodka Mule
- 1 jigger vodka
- 1 jigger cranberry juice cocktail
- 1 jigger pre-sweetened lemonade
- 1 ginger beer
This is an easy four ingredient recipe. Mix together the jigger of vodka, the jigger of cranberry juice cocktail, the jigger of pre-sweetened lemonade, and add to a mule cup. Fill the cup with ice and ginger beer. Stir. Yum!
For a super antioxidant and another cocktail, mix the cranberry cocktail juice with the sparkling rose! Perfecto!
By the way I field tested everyone of these. Field tested by OldAgeIsNot!
So there you have it. My list of quick and simple cocktails that can help all of us stay healthier. Only remember ladies, we’re only allowed one a day!! That is the US Dietary Health guidelines for women of all ages. Beyond one drink, and it affects our health.
But it is only a guideline!