Tequila will always have a special place in our hearts, but sometime we’re looking for a spirit that’s a little more complex. Meet mezcal: tequila’s close cousin, also originating from the agave plant. While tequila can be fruity, earthy or oaky, mezcal takes on more of a smoky flavor, due to the slow-roasting of the agave hearts in hardwood fire pits in order to produce it. But the fancy knowledge stops there: Mezcal can be used in a wide array of simple yet delicious drinks that are perfect for your Thirsty Thursday. One of our favorites, The Smokin’ Dog, only requires four ingredients!
6 oz. fresh grapefruit juice (pink or yellow)
1 oz. mezcal
Splash of club soda
1 grapefruit twist
Fill a rocks glass with ice, then add grapefruit juice and mezcal. Stir to blend; top with a splash of soda. Garnish with grapefruit twist. Makes 1.
Happy Thirsty Thursday! Relax this evening with a drink that’ll quench your thirst and put a smile on your face (queue Pharrell’s “Happy”). The best part? This four-ingredient cocktail won’t have to be slaving away in the kitchen (but don’t tell your guests — this drink is so impressive, they’ll think you’re a master mixologist!).
As part of our #SundaySupper menu, we’re featuring Super-Food “Sangria,” which is chock full of antioxidant- and vitamin-rich fruit. But sangria isn’t the only way you can sneak some nutrients into happy hour. Here are some cocktail recipes featuring fruits you may not have expected to be so good for you!
Tummy troubles? Kiwi–especially the skin–is high in fiber and pre-biotic complex carbohydrates. Plus, its natural bright green color makes for a killer looking cocktail.
Grapefruits contain high levels of antioxidants, and studies have shown that eating one a day can help you avoid heart disease by lowering cholesterol. We’ll take seconds!
Pomegranates aren’t the only ruby red fruit with health benefits. Cherries contain the antioxidant, anthocyanin, which can reduce inflammation and lower cholesterol levels.
Consumption of blueberries can lead to a better memory and brain function. Blackberries contain cancer- and disease-fighting antioxidants. And raspberries are loaded with fiber and vitamin C. Enough said.