Healthy Non-Alcoholic Cocktails for Kids

Everyone remembers being too young to have some of grandma’s special punch or a sip of mom’s champagne. Chances are we wouldn’t have liked the taste at that age anyway, but that’s beside the point. Children often feel left out at social gatherings because they don’t get to have special drinks in fancy glasses. They don’t know that alcohol isn’t good for them at such a young age or that it might make them feel ill the next morning. All they know is they can’t have any.

During your next family gathering, change that can’t into a can. No, that doesn’t mean you should give your children alcohol. What it means is that you create beverages for them that look like cocktails, but are non-alcoholic. They get to have the fun of a fancy drink without the ill effects. Best of all, these drinks are so good, the children might have to share them with the adults who are bypassing liquor calories at the party.

What’s So Special about Resveratrol?

What’s so special about resveratrol? It’s the chemical contained within red wine that supposedly supports all of those incredible health benefits you’ve heard of.

Even though those Dr. Das studies are in question, there are other studies, like the one mentioned in this video from the National Institutes of Health, that support the findings regarding heart health and other benefits.

Check out what DocShop has to say about red wine and resveratrol:

Irish Car Bomb Recipe

We all know that sometimes you don’t want a fancy drink. You want something that will put you on your toes. One favorite recipe is the Irish Car Bomb. This drink is a bit on the manly side because the drink was meant to be chugged. Of course, women who have had a bad day may consider this drink just what they need. There are two preparation methods for this drink and both are included below. Just remember to use a good beer when making this drink or you will completely ruin the flavor.

Irish Car Bomb

The bold taste of stout mixes with the creamy flavor of Irish cream liqueur and throat burning whiskey to create a drink that will allow you to let go of a hard day.

How to Choose a Red Wine to Compliment Your Meal

You love having wine with your meal, but rarely serve wine with home cooked meals. The truth is it can be intimidating to know which wine to serve with your meal. While you may understand that white wine goes with white meat and red goes with red meat, it’s a bit more difficult than that. For example, which red wine goes with your meal? With so many varieties to choose from, how do you choose? Here are a few tips on how to choose a red wine to compliment your meal.

Know Your Price Range

It doesn’t do you any good to head to a wine shop and tell the merchant what you’re serving, if you don’t know what you price range is. The wine merchant will gladly assist you, but will more than likely recommend the most expensive brands in the shop. However, if you have a price in mind, the merchant can then offer a selection in that price range and then help you choose the best variety.

5 Cool Things You Didn’t Know About Beer

Chances are you may kick back with a beer from time to time, but have you ever considered its health benefits? While people often tout the benefits of wine, the truth is beer can be just as healthy – if not healthier. Whether it’s for improving heart health or kidney function, beer should be considered when reaching for a beverage to pair with your meal. Here are just five cool things you didn’t know about beer.

Good for the Heart

We’ve all heard about how healthy wine can be for the heart, but what about beer? The truth is beer can reduce the chances of coronary heart disease by 30-40%. That’s not all though. Beer also contains a good amount of vitamin B6, which prevents the build-up of the amino acid homocysteine. Not only that, but beer provides up to a 30% increase of vitamin B6 in the body’s blood plasma.

Light-bodied Red Wines: How to Choose

Walk into your average liquor store or wine shop and the sheer number of options is instantly overwhelming – especially when it comes to choosing a red wine. The problem with red wine is that there are so many different types to choose from, including full-bodied and light-bodied wines.

This short video features Rachel Kerzweil, a sommelier interviewed by AskMen. She talks about three different types of light-bodied red wines from three distinct regions: Beaujolais (made with gamay grapes),  Piemonte (made with nebbiollo grapes), and Oregon (made from pinot noir grapes).

Dr. Dipak Das Manipulates Red Wine Data

Things that make you go, “Hmmmm.”

MSNBC recently published an article stating that Dr. Dipak Das, a researcher from the University of Connecticut, has been falsifying his research data regarding the health benefits of red wine.

While Dr. Das has received quite a bit of positive attention for  his research over the past several years, officials at the university found that the doctor has falsified, manipulated, or completely fabricated information in more than 140 separate instances.

Pomegranate Martini Recipe

We’ve all seen the commercials discussing the health benefits of pomegranate juice, but have you ever listened or done more research? The truth is pomegranate juice has enough health benefits to make it the perfect ingredient in a cocktail. Let’s take a closer look and then enjoy a wonderful Pomegranate Martini recipe.

First of all, pomegranate juice contains antioxidants, which means that the drink is heart healthy. That’s not all though. The juice is also great for men’s health, acting as protection against prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction. The juice has even been known to help the elasticity of skin, slowing down the aging process. It even works as an anti-inflammatory and has the ability to control diabetes. Now, let’s get to the good part – the martini recipe.