A woman at the party said, “I didn’t try the punch because these kinds of drinks are always too sweet”. I poured her a glass and told her to try it anyway and as she sipped the Turmeric Tea Vodka Cooler, her face lit up and she said “that’s so delicious and refreshing and not too sweet at all!”. Dietitian recipes for the win!!
You all know how I feel about sickly sweet, packaged beverages. I’m adamantly against pre-made margarita mix and I developed a healthier margarita recipe for you a couple years ago – it’s still one of my most popular posts. I love using natural ingredients in my cocktails and summertime makes it so easy. If you’re in an area that grows blackberries like here in the Pacific Northwest, you could forage to recreate this Spicy Blackberry Citrus Margarita. I
So, it’s summertime and I needed a drink that could serve 50 people at a large party. I needed it to be flavorful, healthy and very cooling. Enter my Turmeric Tea Vodka Cooler made with freshly brewed turmeric tea.
Turmeric is an orange root commonly used in Indian cuisine that is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. I like using it in cooking but I’m also quite familiar with it as a supplement. When dosed at therapeutic levels, the active form of turmeric, curcumin, can make a big difference for people suffering from inflammation. I’ve used it with patients undergoing cancer treatment and I’ve seen some success using it in autoimmune diseases, too. The only negative I can see is that it does thin the blood so if you’re at risk for undergoing surgery or other bleeding issues, you should use caution. Other than that, I’ve seen it bring out of range labs back to normal and help people really feel better. What a win from such a natural food! It also makes for a beautiful, soothing tea, the base of my Turmeric Tea Vodka Cooler.
If you’re interested in learning more about curcumin or turmeric, I write about it a lot. Here’s an interesting piece about brain-boosting supplements or “nootropics” in Today’s Dietitian Magazine and here’s a piece about increasing absorption of certain nutrients (black pepper increases the absorption of curcumin!) and here’s a piece about some popular superfood supplements. Turmeric is always on that list.
Any cocktail needs a base and that’s turmeric tea for this Turmeric Tea Vodka Cooler. Obviously vodka is my liquor of choice, perfect for summertime. I added some natural lemonade because of the complementary color and because a cocktail does need a touch of sweetness. Lemon is a wonderful addition to turmeric. An alternative would be to use some lemon juice and honey for sweetness. It would definitely be possible to make this cocktail in smaller batches including for “one”. A tea bag is brewed in 8 ounces of tea and a cocktail contains 2 ounces of liquor so I’d use those ratios as the base and then add a splash of lemonade for sweetness and serve over ice. Enjoy!
- 6 wrapped turmeric tea bags its fine if they're turmeric ginger or any other combination you'd like
- 48 ounces boiling water
- 25 fluid ounces vodka equivalent one standard sized bottle
- 16 ounces lemonade I like Newman's Own or Santa Cruz brands that come in the glass bottles
- Unwrap the tea bags and place them in a large glass pitcher. Pour in boiling water and then place the pitcher in the refrigerator to steep and cool for 30 minutes or so.
- Fill a large glass pitcher or punch bowl about 1/2 way with ice cubes. Pitcher should hold about two gallons. Pour in cooled tea then add vodka and lemonade. Stir well with a long spoon then set out to serve in 4-ounce glasses. Guests can add ice to their cup then serve the punch from the pitcher.
Ginger Hultin,MS, RD, CSO
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