Joy Makes a Mocktail
- Sparkling water, store bought or homemade with a Soda Stream (my favorite)
- Fruits and veggies to muddle: your choice of berries, diced cucumber, shredded ginger, lemon or lime and something “un-muddled for a garnish”
- a capful of apple cider vinegar
- a pretty glass to drink it in with ice cubes.
Muddle (or mash) the fruits/veggies in a separate bowl or directly in your “fancy” glass. Add ice, soda water and vinegar. Garnish! Easy! Yum!
Whether you are someone who enjoys a cocktail or glass of wine, it’s nice to have this “mock tail” in your arsenal when entertaining or just desiring to feel festive without the alcohol.
The soda gives it fizz; the muddled fruits/veggies give it some nice flavors (AND antioxidants) and the apple cider vinegar gives it a little “WOW” factor while adding tremendous health benefits.
Vinegar has been shown to have numerous benefits for insulin function and blood sugar levels:
For these reasons, vinegar can be useful for people with diabetes, pre-diabetes, or those who want to keep their blood sugar levels low to normal for other reasons.
If you’re currently taking blood sugar lowering medications, then check with your doctor before increasing your intake of apple cider vinegar.
Studies suggest that vinegar can increase feelings of fullness and help people eat fewer calories, which can lead to weight loss.
Several animal studies have shown that vinegar can reduce blood triglycerides, cholesterol and blood pressure, but this needs to be confirmed in human studies.
Some studies in test tubes and rats have shown that rice vinegar can slow the growth of cancer cells and shrink tumors.
All this said, this is a delicious alternative to wine or cocktails! Enjoy!