Alcoholic drinks with surprising health benefits

Alcoholic Drinks With Surprising Health Benefits

Kombucha's great and all, but sometimes you want a drink with health benefits and a bit more of a kick to it.

Luckily, that's not impossible! Here's how to make the most of happy hour:

1. Pop Some Bubbly

Nothing kicks off a celebration quite like popping open a bottle of champagne.

Need a reason to celebrate? One study says one to three glasses of champagne per week can delay the onset of brain diseases like dementia and Alzheimer's.

2. Chin Chin (with Gin)

Juniper berries are a main ingredient in gin, which is known for its diuretic properties.

The gin can help your body release extra salt and water, but that benefit will be negated if you mix your gin with fizzy seltzer water.

3. Wine Not?

Red wine can raise your body's HDL, which is the "good" type of cholesterol.

4. Grin and Bear It

Bad breath can be eliminated by gargling with a shot of vodka. The alcohol content kills the germs that cause the nasty smell.

5. A Word of Warning

Overindulging can lead to liver damage, and some suggest too much alcohol can contribute to cancer.

Moderate drinking is commonly defined as one drink per night for women or two drinks for men.


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Alcoholic drinks with surprising health benefits

No. 1: Josh Capon's Margarita

If you’re craving a high-end but simple marg, Josh Capon’s classic recipe will hit the spot.

Tip: In any cocktail that features liquor, quality matters. You don’t want to have to keep adding ingredients to mask the taste of the liquor; instead you want a mellow flavor that will complement the other ingredients.

No. 2: John Cuismano's Texas 40 Cocktail

Rach’s hubby (and house cocktail master) John whipped up this refreshing gin cocktail for Sunny Anderson’s 40th birthday. The gin is paired with refreshing lemon juice, St. Germaine liqueur (made from elderflowers), and a splash of bitters. The drink is shaken, poured over ice, and then topped with pink champagne.

No. 3: The "TC"

This lemon-lime gin cocktail is a perfect antidote to a steamy summer day.

​No. 4: John Cuisman's Salty Dog Fizz

This salty gin cocktail combines salt and the tang of grapefruit to create a perfect adult beverage to sip on the porch.

​No. 5: Josh Capon's Chile-Rubbed Mango Margarita

Josh Capon’s second margarita to make our list takes it up a notch. This chile-rubbed mango margarita is both sweet and spicy, and would pair perfectly with some grilled carne asada or fajitas.

No. 6: Andrew Zimmern's Cucumber-Mint Lemonade

This delicious lemonade combines the tartness of lemon, the brightness of mint and the mellow taste of cucumber for a virgin beverage the whole family can enjoy. Add your favorite liquor if you want to make it adult-only!


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