Cocktail-19

Cocktail-19 (Gin based).

In the interest of the public health, I have decided to work out a couple of immune system supporting cocktails to carry us through these socially isolated times.

More or less all cocktails are made up of a base liquor, a complimentary ingredient and a mixer, except for JW’s and The Architect’s martinis, which are made up of 1) Gin or Vodka, and 2) A garnish.

But we need something healthy to see us through. So let’s start with the base.

Gin, it turns out is made up of something like 87 antioxidants! (and is carb-free for those of you keto types out there.) Therefore the first of my virus battlin’ concoctions will be Gin based. (besides, I have a lot of it on hand with which to experiment.)

Now to ramp up the immune-support role, I’m suggesting a 1/2 tsp. of matcha green tea. Matcha has 137 more antioxidants more than green tea (17 more than blueberries) ramps up your metabolism, is a source of catechises (anti-cancer agent!), reduces inflammation and oxidation, lowers cholesterol, contains the amino acid L-theanine which reduces stress and has a high concentration of chlorophyll (which detoxs us!)

Add bit of raw honey (diluted with hot water to let it blend better) for taste and phytonutrients (powerful immune-boosting and anti-cancer antioxidants, probiotics, cough suppressant). Juice of 1/2 lemon (see benefits below.)

Shake over ice. Garnish with a squeeze of lemon oil  from the twist,  drop in the lemon peel (anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory mood boosting!)  Serve as a shot or topped with orange flavoured seltzer over ice in a double old-fashioned glass.

It’s really not that tasty, but very healthy.

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