Get your Five a Day in a Martini! Britain's 10 Best Veggie Cocktails

Get your five a day in a martini! Here are Britain’s 10 best veggie cocktail recipes. Lately, there’s a lot of talk about veggie cocktails and whether or not these new “green” cocktail recipes are good for you. Some say yes, it’s possible, because these new craft cocktails contain healthy veggie juice; others say no, impossible, all cocktails include alcohol and alcohol can never be healthy. There’s only one way to end this cocktail debate – try some of these vegetable cocktail recipes and find out for yourself.

We’re hearing it more and more often these days, from celebrities and health officials, from vegans, vegetarians, and health enthusiasts all over the world, including Great Britain. They’re all telling us to go raw and go clean, to eat plant-based diets, eat more vegetables, and eat less meat. Eating clean means turning away from over-processed food, packaged food, refined sugars and flours, and eating more natural food – like organic fruits and vegetables and foods that don’t contain additives, artificial colors, or preservatives. Eating clean means honoring your body and paying attention to everything you eat. Not only this, but being aware of how certain foods make you feel. If they make you feel good, eat more; if they make you feel bad, eat less – or eliminate them altogether. Clean eating is not just about eating, it’s about making the healthiest choices in everything you do; it’s a way of life. But what about cocktails, where do they come into the equation? We all know it’s a good idea to drink freshly-juiced organic vegetable concoctions on a daily basis, to imbibe with all-natural smoothies and healthy herbal hot drinks, but what about alcoholic beverages – are they still allowed? Apparently.

Did you know that Britain celebrates Vegetarian Week each year? With this special holiday, veggie cocktails are promoted so people can have an extra way to get their “five-a-day” veggie quota. These healthy new cocktails contain vegetable juices rather than any sugary fruit juice content, and they are a lot more popular than you’d first expect. So, is mixing alcohol with vegetable juice healthy and are vegetable-based cocktails nutritional? Well, alcohol has been used as a medicinal remedy base for centuries, naturally drawing nutrients from herbal sources in the creation of tinctures. It’s also safe to say a veggie cocktail is healthier than an over-sweetened traditional cocktail, simply because it has more vegetable content and less sugar. If we can discuss some of the nutritional information, then you can decide for yourself. For example, the first healthy cocktail recipe on the list is one for “Oh My Gourd”, a pumpkin-juice-based cocktail infused with Tapiato Blanco tequila.

When considering pumpkin, then, one cup of raw chopped pumpkin is very high in potassium, riboflavin, vitamin A and vitamin C, and high in iron, manganese, magnesium, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, thiamin, and vitamin B6. Another healthy cocktail listed here is called the “Root of All Evil”, and its main veggie ingredient is beet juice. Raw beets are very high in dietary fiber, manganese, and potassium, and high in iron, magnesium, and vitamin C. So, you can see, these vegetable-based cocktails have a very good nutritional argument. They are certainly healthier than drinking alcohol on its own, straight-up, or with sugar-based mixers. This great article on how to get your five a day in a cocktail comes from “The Telegraph” website, where you can find the full list of healthy vegetable cocktail recipes.*

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