• 6

    Servings

  • Alcohol-free

  • Easy

  • Prep Time 10'

  • Total Time 15'

Sage, orange and aronia mocktail recipe

  • 6

    Servings

  • Alcohol-free

  • Easy

  • Prep Time 10'

  • Total Time 15'

I have never had a problem saying no to alcohol. I don’t think there’s ever a good time for a hangover, especially around the holidays when my schedule is jam-packed. It is hard to set boundaries when most “adult” socializing revolves around drinking, but it is important to strike a balance. For me, this typically means respectfully turning down a drink and feeling good about the fact that I can put my own health and functioning above societal pressures.

It really is about everything in moderation, I have nothing against those who drink. I will definitely have a drink from time-to-time, but I also chose to indulge in ways that I know will work with my body. After many years, I have realized that alcohol doesn’t work with my body like it does for other people. I am just as happy enjoying the company of others drinking while indulging in cheese and crackers and/or a rich chocolate morsel.

This year, I decided to try something I had not done in a long time, I would actually show up to the cocktail party with a drink on hand. Mine would be a mocktail – bursting with more flavour than any cocktail and without the nasty side effects. I was not sure how people would react, so the first time I brought it, I had no expectations. I figured, if no one else drank it, I would be perfectly content having the pitcher to myself. I would sip on my fruity, healthy mocktail alongside my family and friends. Win-win.

To my surprise, I ran out the mocktail and was asked to double or triple the recipe for next time! I was so happy that I came up with something that my friends and family loved. It feels great knowing that I am also helping others stay healthy during this hectic season. I have to keep my friends and family feeling well so we can partake in all our traditions! I remember one year I got a nasty cold during the holidays, it killed me not to be able to prepare and serve my family. Ever since, I take any and all precautions to ensure that I do not come down with anything.

I have experimented with a lot of different drinks over the years, both real cocktails and mocktails. I find that mocktails allow so much more room for creativity, I love how you can pick up on the subtle flavours without having to add excess ingredients to overpower the liquor. I chose orange not only for its taste and pretty colour but also for its vitamin C. Everyone can use a little extra immunity this time of year. The best part about this fruity little concoction was side effects; nutrients and antioxidants!

This simple mocktail mixes fresh orange and carrot juice with an Erbology Organic Aronia and Sea Buckthorn Shot.

When you add the sage, all flavours embrace each other in one of the most delicious mocktails you’ve ever had! Sage also gives this juice a more mature flavour, perfect for wholesome adult celebrations.

Mix, stir and serve this tasty drink. I guarantee your friends will be impressed and appreciative after nights and nights of food, drinks and holiday celebrations. It really comes down to the people, keep those you love healthy, happy and content this season!

The powerful dynamic of aronia and sea buckthorn

Aronia berries, or chokeberries have high contents of polyphenols, especially anthocyanins and phenolic acids (1). These phytochemicals are closely tied to the majority of aronia health benefits.

The wealth of anthocyanins give aronia berries their deep purple color and are one of the reasons they are such great antioxidants. Aronia berries surpass other berries in terms of both anthocyanin levels and oxygen radical absorption capacity (ORAC) (2). The ORAC is a measure of total antioxidant capability. Aronia berries have a score of 16,062 μ mol TE/100g, compared with blueberries at 4,669 μ mol TE/100g and red raspberries with 5,065 μ mol TE/100g (3).

The polyphenols or phenolic compounds in aronia have been studied for their ability to disinfect the bloodstream and the body. The presence of phenols has been shown to promote the healing of wounds, remove toxic substances, reduce inflammation and improve the elasticity of blood vessels (4,5,6). Specifically, the polyphenols in aronia have been shown to protect the body from the cellular damage caused by carcinogens found in alcohol (2).

Sea buckthorn berries are packed with rare omega-7s, vitamin C and E and beta-carotene. You can learn more about this wonderful plant in our Tropical smoothie bowl with sea buckthorn recipe. The most unique characteristic of the sea buckthorn berry is its concentration of omega-7. This essential fatty acid is rarely found in plants but helps fight the harmful effects of the metabolic syndrome and keep our mucous membranes healthy (7,8,9).

Written By: Danielle Bear

 

(1) Tolić, Mandica-Tamara, et al. “Phenolic Content, Antioxidant Capacity and Quality of Chokeberry (Aronia Melanocarpa) Products.” Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, June 2015, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5068402/#r13.

(2) Wu, X, et al. “Characterization of Anthocyanins and Proanthocyanidins in Some Cultivars of Ribes, Aronia, and Sambucus and Their Antioxidant Capacity.” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry., U.S. National Library of Medicine, 29 Dec. 2004, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15612766.

(3) “Chokeberry (Aronia Berries), Raw.” Superfoodly, www.superfoodly.com/orac-value/chokeberry-raw/.

(4) Naruszewicz, M, et al. “Combination Therapy of Statin with Flavonoids Rich Extract from Chokeberry Fruits Enhanced Reduction in Cardiovascular Risk Markers in Patients after Myocardial Infraction (MI).” Atherosclerosis., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Oct. 2007, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17320090.

(5) Myocardial Infraction (MI).” Atherosclerosis., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Oct. 2007, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17320090.

(6) “Phenols.” Phenols – an Overview | ScienceDirect Topics, www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/phenols.

(7) “Called Nature’s Healer.” Benefits, usaaronia.com/benefits.html.

(8) Zielińska, Aleksandra, and Izabela Nowak. “Abundance of Active Ingredients in Sea-Buckthorn Oil.” Lipids in Health and Disease, BioMed Central, 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5438513/.

(9) Omega-7 An Overlooked Fatty Acid.” LifeExtension.com, www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2016/5/Omega-7-An-Overlooked-Fatty-Acid/Page-01.

Ingredients

Here's how you do it

  1. Start by juicing the oranges using a basic orange juicer.
  2. Wash, peel and cut the carrots into medium pieces.
  3. Put the orange juice and carrots in a high-speed blender. Cut 6 fresh sage leaves and add them into the blender. Add the cinnamon as well.
  4. Blend well until everything is smooth.
  5. Use a strainer to eliminate pulp from the juice. (Omit this step if you want pulp).
  6. Place it in nice cocktail glasses and add sage leaves and orange slices as decoration. Enjoy!

Tags

  • Anthocyanin
  • Aronia
  • Beta-carotene
  • Christmas
  • Omega 7
  • Party food ideas
  • Sea buckthorn berries
  • Skin food
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E

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