Mom always told us that the more color we had in our diet, the better we’d feel. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple don’t just make the rainbow bright. Foods of these colors are also typically filled with powerful antioxidants. The good-for-you nutrients make you feel better, help fight the aging process, and keep your cells healthy and happy. Being that we aren’t ones to disobey our moms, we’ve compiled a list of bright and tasty antioxidant packed cocktails to add to your repertoire.
Side note: Adding immunity-boosting, vitamin-packed components to your drinks doesn’t make them healthy. It’s still booze. And also like mom said, “everything in moderation.” Even antioxidant packed cocktails.
Rich in vitamin C, fiber, and anti-inflammatory properties, the pomegranate is a deep red fruit that does amazing things for you. For your cells, in particular. The pomegranate’s rumored antioxidants and cures carried in the seeds and juice of the pom are many and varied. The Pomegranate Martini won’t cure Alzheimer’s or stabilize your PSAs, as some claim the fruit will do. But the ruby red cocktail made with the pomegranate juice is plain POMWonderful. If it’s the health benefits you seek, eat the fruit and save the cocktail for happy hour.
When you feel the tickle in your throat and your nose starts to itch, it’s time to fight back! How? Vitamin C. And what’s the purest form of vitamin C? Fresh oranges, of course. Besides C, that shiny orange exterior houses a multitude of goodness. They’ve got folate, B vitamins, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants. The Tequila Sunset is a sunshiny way to get in some extra vitamins with your evening cocktail. But for a real dose of antioxidant, don’t squeeze the oranges. Eat them.
Ah, grapefruit, you vexing fruit. A mellow yellow outside and a beautiful pink or even red inside, grapefruit is one healing citrus. It counts vitamin C, lycopene, pectin, beta-carotene and flavonoids amongst its health benefits. In its purest form (eaten or squeezed fresh), the grapefruit is said to be a medicine cabinet in a peel. In our cocktail, the Cantarita, it’s the tart punch that makes the drink what it is. And that’s an antioxidant-packed cocktail party in a clay mug.
We can’t think of a color that conjures up images of antioxidants better than green. Kale, broccoli, spinach, kelp. You can even buy an antioxidant-packed powder called “Green Drink” if you don’t have time to juice. That’s the power of green. It’s hard to imagine, but someone has even made a broccoli cocktail. We did come upon an antioxidant-packed cocktail made with fresh muddled kiwi that is delicious and nutritious. (As nutritious as a cocktail can be.) Vitamin C, folate, enzymes that aid in digestion, vitamins A, Bs, and E, as well as magnesium, potassium, and iron are just some of the add-ins naturally found in kiwi fruit. The Kiwi Cobbler on PopSugar is a good way to get some green in your diet!
Is there a prettier superfood than blueberries? We’re not sure. Not just a pretty face, the jewel-toned berry is also a powerful pop of antioxidants. Jam-packed with vitamin K, manganese, vitamin C, copper, and fiber, the blueberry is a small but mighty “pill” to combat aging. Our favorite blue antioxidant packed cocktail with muddled blueberries may not actually make you younger, but drinking one Beauregarde’s Party may make you feel younger. And when it comes to aging, you’re only as old as you feel!
Seems like scientists are always working on our behalf, trying to find THE superfood filled with all the antioxidants. Purple foods are rising to the top of the colorful group. Who are we to argue with science? The antioxidant benefits of purple plums are trending. The list of vitamins in plums reads like a child’s alphabet book, boasting vitamins A, Bs, C, E, and K, as well as fiber, phosphorous, calcium and zinc. The Fresh Plum Margarita from The Brewer & The Baker won’t make you 16 again, but it will taste good. Taste is really what matters even with antioxidant-packed cocktails.
You’ve Tasted the Rainbow in Antioxidant Packed Cocktails
And the rainbow is really tasty. But, we can do healthful and guilty-pleasure too. Seriously. Check out some of the best tequila cocktails that are good for the mind, body, or soul (or a combination of all three). Let us know which type of cocktail you prefer by posting a pic on Instagram and tagging #AzuniaTequila. We promise we won’t tell your mom if you choose the Butter Me Up over the Pomegranate Martini.