“A study by Thai and U.S. researchers found that alcohol enhances the antioxidant capacity of fresh fruits, increasing their ability to scavenge free radicals from the bloodstream,” says Breea Johnson, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., an integrative nutritionist and registered dietitian in Chicago.
3 of 5 | Blueberry Lavender Mojito
by Bridget Albert, author of Market-Fresh Mixology
10-15 mint leaves
1 ounce lavender syrup*
Juice of 1∕2 lime
15-20 blueberries (3 or 4 for garnish)
1 1∕2 ounces white rum
Cocktail pick or toothpick
In a tall glass, muddle mint leaves,
lavender syrup, lime juice, 15
blueberries and rum. Muddle just
enough to combine flavors, being
careful not to over-muddle (you can
strain if you prefer). Fill glass with
crushed ice. Top with club soda.
Stir until well-blended. To garnish,
place 3-4 blueberries on a cocktail
pick. Serve with a straw.
*To make lavender
syrup: Bring 1 cup water, 1∕2 cup
super-fine organic sugar and 1∕4 cup
dried organic lavender to a boil,
reduce to a simmer and cook for
about 10 minutes, then pour through
a fine sieve into a sterilized glass
container with a lid and refrigerate.
Per serving: 176 calories, <1 g
fat (<1 g saturated), <1 g protein,
18 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber,
8 mg sodium