Is there any such thing as a cold cocktail that actually warms you up inside? There sure is! A simple syrup made of ginger, honey and organic vodka means this cocktail is full of healthy nutrients that help your body detox and reenergize.
As a beekeeper who once had a honey business, I’ve been an advocate for the benefits of raw honey for many years. This thick, sweet syrup is nature's gift of sugary goodness right out of the hive. I rarely use honey for recipes that require it to be simmered or cooked, but this is one exception.
Simmering the honey may remove some of the immune-boosting qualities, but it also gives a rich, deep sweetness that complements the ginger beautifully.
The ginger does so much more than aid digestion — it reduces muscle soreness, fights infection, lowers blood sugars, is anti-inflammatory and can significantly reduce pain during “that time of the month.”
Before I travel too far into “health-geek” mode, I’ll let you research for yourself the amazing things grapefruits can do for you, and get back to some practical tasting notes. The ginger pleasantly warms you up as soon as it goes down, and the sprigs of rosemary garnish give the senses a reminder of warm holiday spices.
As if the benefits of these healthy ingredients weren’t enough, I also chose a vodka made in small batches from organic corn grown right here in the USA. Before creating this recipe, my family did some old-fashioned taste testing and was surprised to find how big a difference there was between a high-quality vodka in comparison to a bottom-shelf brand. The Prairie Organic I used in this recipe was beautifully smooth with hints of melon and pear and a bright, smooth finish. (But feel free to substitute with your favorite vodka.)
I also found this neat little gadget that turned the cocktail into a slush in less than one minute, so you can serve this over ice or as a slushie.
Prep time: 10 minutes | Inactive time: 45 minutes | Total time: 55 minutes
To make a slushie cocktail: Put the Chill Factor Frozen Cocktail Maker tumbler in your freezer the night before (or at least 4 hours ahead), and simply pour your drink into it, remove the cap, squeeze for less than a minute, and then pour out the slush into your glass. Add the vodka, and give it a stir before serving. To make a slushie cocktail without the Chill Factor, you can pour the drink into a small rimmed baking pan. Pop the baking dish into the freezer for 1 – 2 hours, stirring with a fork every 30 minutes or so to break up the ice crystals.
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