Refreshing Summer Red Wine Cocktail Recipes

As the worst of the summer heat approaches, many of us spend the day dreaming about going home to sit by the pool with a cool cocktail or a glass of wine. Times are tough, though, and purchasing the absolute best in terms of wine isn’t something we can do every day. Using lower-cost wines and mixing them into cocktails is one way of creating a cool and refreshing alcoholic beverage you’re bound to enjoy. Here are a few refreshing cocktails you may want to mix with your favorite red wines this summer.

Cardinal Cocktail

A Cardinal Cocktail falls into a category of beverages know as Kirs, or berry flavored cocktails. All you need is a red wine and some crème de cassis, which is a liqueur made from blackcurrants from France. Fill your wine glass with ice, pour in an ounce of the crème de cassis, and fill the rest of the glass with red wine. You can make this with your favorite red wine or with a wine that isn’t as sweet or flavorful as you usually like. Whichever you choose, this sweet cocktail is bound to please.

Choosing a Better Drink for Your Diet

Truth – drinking too much alcohol is not healthy – especially if you have a medical condition, addiction, or weight loss goal. Alcohol can be beneficial for your health, though, especially if you choose the right liquor, beer, or cocktail. Here are some things to keep in mind the next time you’re out on the town.

Drinking Liquor

You know the old saying, “Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker,” right? Liquor can be good for you, especially things like brandy and vodka, but only if you consume them in moderation and without mixers – you know, the things that make liquor taste like candy. Mixers like sugary fruit juices and soda are the things that take your liquor’s original calorie count and blow it through the roof. Learn to enjoy your drinks straight or seek out some lower-calorie alternatives.

The Health Benefits of White Wine

There is a bit of a debate regarding the health benefits of white wine versus red wine. The main difference between the two is that in the production of white wine the skin is removed from the grapes before they are fermented. The skins are a part of the process in the production of red wine and it is believed that the skins themselves are what add the popular antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties we all crave.

White Wine and Your Heart

White wine alone doesn’t necessarily have a special property that can help you to prevent heart disease but it is an alcohol and there are properties in alcohol itself that can help. The compounds in alcohol help to raise your good cholesterol levels (HDL) while keeping your bad cholesterol levels (LDL) a little lower. Alcohol also has a blood-thinning effect which helps to prevent the buildup of plaque in your arteries.

Stocking a Home Bar: The Essentials

Are you preparing to stock your first home bar? If so, you’ll want to stock up on as many of the essential liquors and mixers as possible without blowing your budget (or diet and health and well being) out of the water. There are some things you’ll want to have on hand all of the time and there are some things you can pick up as you need them. Here’s how you can get yourself started.

Stocking Up on the Basics

Every good bar has some vodka, gin, and rum on hand. If you are an avid drinker you may want to pick up a couple of premium names, like Skyy, Tanquary, or Goslings. If you’re on a budget and don’t mind drinking stuff that isn’t off the top shelf, or if you are planning to entertain friends, go for cheaper options and pick up your top shelf liquors one at a time as you have some extra cash on hand. Other basic essentials include whiskey, bourbon, scotch, and tequila.

5 Tips for Safer Alcohol Consumption

It doesn’t matter how many shots you consume, the number of beers you chug, or how low in calorie your favorite beverages are – you are consuming alcohol. What does matter is your safety and here at Healthy Liquors we believe that alcohol can be good for you – but only if consumed in a safe and responsible manner. Regardless of your age or drinking habits, there are a few things you should always do to ensure your safety and that of those around you.

Drink Slowly

You shouldn’t be drinking to get drunk. A low-risk drinker who is out to enjoy the company of friends while appreciating a nice glass of wine or a cocktail doesn’t need to chug his alcohol. A study done by St. Peter’s College indicated that consuming more than 2 alcoholic beverages does not increase the likelihood that you will feel sensations of pleasure. Limiting yourself to 2 drinks will keep you feeling healthy and energized without adding a ton of extra calories to your diet.