Healthy Bloody Mary

We often joke about starting the morning with an old fashioned Bloody Mary, but let’s face it – grabbing the closest and fastest ingredients on the store shelf does not make for the healthiest of drinks.

This version of the Bloody Mary is healthier because it uses all fresh ingredients (you can even go as far as making your own fresh tomato juice). The fresh ingredients cut down on the added sugar and sodium and leave you with a refreshing cocktail. Check it out:

Which is Better – Beer or Wine?

People are becoming more aware of the health benefits of beer, but is beer better for you than wine? There are a number of benefits that both drinks provide. Whether it’s heart health or stress relief, there’s no question that both beverages can help you be healthier. Still, there may be a clear winner. It all depends on what you’re looking for when it comes to staying healthy.

Health Benefits of Wine

Without a doubt, wine is best known for being heart healthy, but there’s more to it than that. Red wine can also decrease one’s chances of cancer. The real shocker though is that wine drinkers reduce their chances of death by one third over non-drinkers. That’s compared to only a 10% deduction in the chance of death found in those that drink beer or hard liquor over non-drinkers. Another shocking find is that wine drinkers are more apt to eat healthier than beer drinkers. Those that drink beer seem to gravitate towards fattier foods, while wine drinkers may prefer fruits, vegetables and low-fat cheeses. Do all these benefits mean that wine is the healthier choice? Not necessarily.

5 Essential Wine Tasting Tips for Beginners

Many enthusiasts would like for you to believe that wine is complicated. While the flavors of wine may be complex, tasting wine isn’t something you have to be educated to do. However, there are a few things you can do to prepare for the tasting. The following are just five essential wine tasting tips for beginners.

Prepare for the Tasting

Because you will be trying 4-6 different wines at most tastings, it pays to have a small meal before hand. This can help ward off the ill-effects of having wine on an empty stomach. Once you’re through with the meal, have a few plain crackers to cleanse your palate. This will help ensure that you get the full flavor effects of the wine rather than a mingling of flavors from the grilled chicken you had at dinner.

Valentine’s Day Cocktails

It doesn’t matter if you’re celebrating Valentine’s day with someone you love, if you are having a girls-night in, or if you are boycotting the holiday altogether. These fantastic cocktail recipes, as featured on The Rhode Show, will certainly tickle your taste buds. You’ll enjoy the variety, especially “Cupid’s Downfall” for those of you willing to stick with the theme while cursing the little winged guy. There’s even a non-alcohol recipe for the kids and anyone who is avoiding alcohol calories. Enjoy!

5 Old Favorites

Sometimes you can’t beat the classics – the drinks that have been served for decades. Of course, there’s a reason these drinks have stood the test of time and it all boils down to great taste. Whether you’re sipping a classic martini or kicked back on a southern porch with a mint julep, there are some cocktails that you can’t go wrong with. Here are just five old favorites to get you started.

Classic Martini

The classic martini is a blend of gin and vermouth. While many choose to make this cocktail with vodka, that’s not what a true martini is. When ordering this classic drink, be prepared for the cocktail to contain gin and a juicy, salty olive, which makes this classic martini so memorable.

Special SuperBowl Margarita

Here’s something extra special in light of SuperBowl weekend. The TipsyBartender has put together a quick little tutorial showing you how to make a super delicious SuperBowl Blue Bulldog Margarita.

If you want to cut down on the alcohol calories, make sure you ditch the full-calorie Corona for a Corona Light (and share that huge 45oz. beverage with a friend or two). Enjoy and have a safe weekend!