🍹It's always cocktail o'clock somewhere in the world, right? 🍸
Did you know that alcohol is actually one of the best ways to extract nutrients out of plants? Yep, herbal liqueurs have been used for centuries to relieve minor ailments. Think cough syrup for instance.
I'm not saying you should drink this cocktail as if it was cough syrup but the higher the quality of herbs you're using for this recipe and the better chances you'll have to get some immune and brain-boosting benefits.
And...did I mention that Ginseng is believed to be an aphrodisiac? 😉
Dandelion root doesn't have such a kinky reputation but is used to support the digestive system. Not quite as sexy and exciting but pretty vital. Being a diuretic, it's also good for the kidneys, helping to flush out unnecessary stuff.
Just saw the list of ingredients👇and you're like 'nah can't be bov, I don't even have all of that stuff' ? Check out my pre-made blend, Immune Boost. It's what I used when I don't have all the fresh ingredients, or when I'm just being plain lazy! 😆
What you'll need:
- 500cl of good quality gin, but certainly not your best bottle either!
- 1 fresh Turmeric root or about 2 teaspoons of the powder stuff
- 1/4 cup of Orange peels (I used dried peels but if you're using fresh use the peel of 2 big oranges)
- 3 teaspoons of Ginseng (if fresh, use half a big root)
- 3 teaspoons of Gingko
- 2 teaspoons of Echinacea
- 2 teaspoons of Dandelion Root
- 1 Cinnamon stick
How the magic happens:
Chop all the fresh ingredients into cubes. Break the cinnamon into smaller pieces. The smaller the pieces, the better access alcohol will have, which means the better nutrient extraction we'll get. If you've got the time and the patience you can even grind or crush the dried herbs. You do it right or you don't do it, right? 😀 And you'll only have to make it once!
Put all the ingredients in a glass jar and cap. Shake well and leave it for at least 3 days. 1 week max. Strain it and voilà!
Serve with some nice tonic water, ice and a bit of lemon or mint. Santé!
By simply adding a bit of unrefined sugar (I say a bit but it's more like a big cup haha) to the ingredients above you could make yourself a digestive liqueur, great enjoyed on its own.
If you have your own fav cocktail recipe, share it below 👇