blood orange cocktail

A Healthy Cocktail for the Holiday

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A deliciously great way to start off 2016 drinking responsibly–and nutritiously–this blood orange libation is easy to make for either a crowd or just yourself. To make one, simply mix up the following ingredients:

1 1/2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. Cointreau or Grand Marnier
2 oz. freshly squeezed blood-orange juice
Garnish: Candied blood orange wheel
A few nutritional facts:

Vitamin C: It’s the main reason (apart from the fact that blood oranges are just so damn tasty!) that you’ll want to eat blood oranges. Since blood oranges are citrus fruits, they are a very good source of Vitamin C, also recognized as ascorbic acid. In the past, sailors who had the disease known as scurvy were cured by eating lots of oranges. In terms of health benefits, Vitamin C is an antioxidant required for a large number of metabolic functions in the human body, and can aid in repairing tissues and ensuring healthy gums

Folic acid: This is also known as Vitamin B9. Studies show that it helps guard against some cancers and heart disease.

Anthocyanin: This red pigment that provides the blood orange’s distinctive coloration is an antioxidant that may provide the body with additional protection against cancer and heart disease. Anthocyanin in particular seems to help lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels and keep blood vessels flexible and strong.

Vitamin A: This is another absolutely necessary vitamin for the body. One of the main health benefits of Vitamin A is that it maintains the health of certain tissues like the retina. It helps in growth and keeps the skin healthy and promotes regular development of skeletal tissue and teeth.

 Enjoy. Have a wonderful holiday!