Sparkling Elderflower Probiotic Cocktail

Written by Kelly Jones, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN from eatreallivewell.com

I’ve had such a busy couple of weeks, so a sparkling cocktail is just what this dietitian wanted this past weekend. In less than one week we had trip to Connecticut (Cooper’s first overnight) and another outside of Chicago {my first night without Cooper – post coming Friday}.

Sitting down to enjoy a sparkling elderflower beverage was reminiscent of a trip to Nantucket a few years back, when I first tasted elderflower liqueur in a champagne cocktail. Well, since then I’ve enjoyed it many more times, but also love experimenting with kombucha in cocktails.

Why kombucha? In addition to just loving the fizz and flavor, I like the probiotic boost. Studies show a favorable balance of gut bacteria is linked to better immune system, antioxidant function, metabolism (think energy levels!), mood, and obviously better digestion. These things can all clearly benefit the active population, but there is emerging research that having enough beneficial bacteria can benefit athletic performance. I even authored a SCAN fact sheet on the topic that will be up on their site for members soon.

Lucky for me, this month’s Recipe Redux challenge was to make a probiotic cocktail or mocktail. The perfect opportunity to perfect a kombucha cocktail recipe and share with all of you. Typically I mix it with tequila for margarita style beverages, but the one I made with elderflower and brut edged it out for this post. My brother preferred my tequila version though, so I promise to share that in June!

Want more probiotic beverage recipes? Check out the link below my recipe at the end of this post!

Sparkling Elderflower Probiotic Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Elderflower liquor
  • 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 2 ounces brut champagne or prosecco
  • 2 ounces blueberry ginger kombucha
  • Blueberries to garnish

Directions

  • Pour vodka and elderflower liquor into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake
  • Add 3-5 blueberries to a champagne or martini glass
  • Strain the alcohol into the glass
  • Pour the kombucha into the glass, followed by the champagne or prosecco, and serve

 

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