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Game for a healthy drinking?

Do you think a zillion times before sipping in your favourite cocktail; fearing it would do harm to your heart? Stop worrying as the city bartenders are stirring up a bevy of heart healthy cocktails that are high on health but low in calories.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2011 02:14 IST
Himangi Tripathi

Do you think a zillion times before sipping in your favourite cocktail; fearing it would do harm to your heart? Stop worrying as the city bartenders are stirring up a bevy of heart healthy cocktails that are high on health but low in calories.

So, shake a leg or two on the dance floor sipping these rejuvenating and health-friendly cocktails. Not just low in calories, they are also rich in anti-oxidants that aid in preventing heart diseases. Anand Soni, The Courtyard by Marriott, Gurgaon, says, “Our selection of healthy cocktails features drinks that have an average calorie count of 30 and 80.” Cocktails which have fresh fruit juices, fruit purees, fruit chunks, herbs and even wines, are high on anti-oxidants, and therefore do not harm your heart.

“Grape wine used in cocktails is heart friendly as it is rich in anti-inflammatory compounds,” says Shilpa Thakur, chief dietician, Asian Institute of Medical Sciences. Some of the fruits that create healthy cocktails are grapes, apples, blueberry, strawberry and lingo berry. Even pure pomegranate juice and green tea are ingredients that you can use to stir up cocktails, as they are loaded with antioxidants, proanthocyanins, bioflavonoids, and polyphenols. They guard the cardiovascular systems from inflammatory diseases and enhance the functioning of arteries, thereby protecting your heart from inflammatory diseases.

CocktailsHere are some cocktail recipes that can give you a healthy high. But yes, moderation is always advised.

Tips for Healthy Drinking
1 Always consume freshly made drinks and not refrigerated ones, as the level of anti-oxidants present in fruits decreases after refrigeration.
2 Make sure the sugar content in your drink is low. It’s best to go for naturally
flavoured drinks.
3 Your drink should contain 60% water, as it helps in hydration and lowers calories.
4 Pair up cocktails with heart-healthy snacks such as salmon cakes or a pear and pomegranate salad, instead of the calorie loaded nachos.
5 Take care of the alcohol content in your cocktail, it should lie between 30ml and 60ml.

Some heart-healthy cocktail recipes

Cape Cooler

Ingredients
10 ml Vodka
25ml Cranberry Juice
10 ml Tonic Water

Method
Fill the glass with cubed ice. Pour the Vodka and the cranberry juice into the glass and give it a stir. Top up with soda or tonic water (as preferred). Garnish with slice of lime.

By: Anand Soni, Asst Manager, Food & Beverage, The Courtyard by Marriott, Gurgaon

Green Tea Martini

Ingredients
45ml Strongly Brewed Green tea
45ml Vodka
10ml Chamomile Syrup
A squeeze of lime

Method
Mix 45ml of strongly brewed green tea with 45ml vodka and 10ml chamomile syrup, and add a splash of lime. Put a lot of ice and shake it up, and serve the drink in a martini glass.

Watermelon Gin Fizz

Ingredients

6 pieces diced watermelon
60 ml gin
10 ml lime juice
90 ml ginger ale
Lime wedges for garnish

Method
Freeze two to three pieces of watermelon for garnish. Puree the remaining watermelon and strain into a chilled old fashioned glass.
Top with gin, lime juice and ginger ale. Garnish with the frozen watermelon and lime wedges.

Blood Diamond

Ingredients
60 ml vodka; 4 no basil leaf; 2 bags masala tea;
45ml pomegranate juice
1 no lemon grass

Method
Hot Infuse vodka with masala tea. Add basil, lemon grass muddle it, add fresh pomegranate juice, ice cubes. Hard shake, double stain in chilled martini glass.

By: Arindam Basu, manager, Aqua, The Park, New Delhi

Darjeeling Cooler

Ingredients

75ml Darjeeling tea
45ml Dewar's 12 (Scotch)
1 1/2 tsp honey
1 tsp Caster Sugar

Method
Take 75ml of Darjeeling tea, mix it up with Dewar’s 12 scotch, add 1 and a 1/2 spoon of honey, 1 spoon of caster sugar and shake it well. Serve the drink in a tall glass and add some lime to give it a citrus and juicy taste. Top it up with a slice of orange.

By: Kamalaksha KM, Kitti Su, The Lalit

Blueberry Ginger Bellini

Ingredients

1 tbsp fresh blue berry
1/2 tsp mince ginger
1 squeeze of lime wedge
Top up with Sparkling wine

Method
Take one Boston shaker. Pour one tablespoon of blue berry in shaker. Put half tea spoon of mince ginger in to it. Squeeze one fourth lemon over it. Muddle it well and strain it in to a Champagne tulip. Top up with a sparkling wine. Garnish with a slice of Dragon fruit.

By: Utsav Garg, Asst F&B Manager, The Claridges, New Delhi