Naturally Enhanced Holiday Drinks
New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, and consumers looking to ring in 2021 right will be reaching for botanically-infused cocktails and mocktails. Vibrant and festive drinks featuring seasonal fruits, unique herbs, and added health benefits are popping up across menus and making consumers everywhere raise their glasses in celebration. Advanced Biotech rounds up three naturally delicious flavors that are sure to make a splash at New Year’s get-togethers.
Ranging from subtle yellow to vibrant ruby red, grapefruit is a popular winter citrus fruit. Bright, tangy, and slightly bitter, grapefruit can be used in a variety of drink applications and pairs well with fresh herbs. Tart grapefruit and herbaceous rosemary combine flawlessly in a fruity twist on a classic Moscow mule, and is perfectly complimented by pomegranate in and ginger in holiday punches and spritzers. Said to support immune health, suppress appetites, and reduce the risk of kidney stones, the many benefits of grapefruit will jump start consumers’ interest in pursuing New Year’s resolutions.
Another popular winter fruit of the citrus variety, oranges are a common ingredient in a number of festive drinks. From sangria to mimosas, to a classic old-fashioned, mocktails and cocktails alike benefit from the zest, rind, and juice of this nutritious fruit. High in Vitamin C, oranges are a well-known immunity booster, but also work to naturally lower cholesterol, control blood sugar, and improve the appearance of skin. Paired with strong spirits like bourbon or whiskey, or layered with pomegranate juice to create a virgin drink that mirrors the sunset, orange is a festive fruit that will please many different types of consumers.
A classic holiday staple, the nostalgic flavor of peppermint is loved by consumers during the chilly months. Its naturally occurring menthol pairs perfectly with rich drinks like Irish crème-based cocktails, and is a festive additive to hot chocolate and eggnog. Fresh mint brightens up white Russians, Campari, and cranberry fizzes, adding a new dimension of botanic flavor as well as added health benefits. Peppermint is known for its pain-relieving properties, and is said to aid in healing pains in the neck and shoulders as well as stubborn migraine pain. Peppermint is also said to support healthy digestion and soothe upset stomachs. Whether in the form of a candy cane or a boozy holiday milkshake, peppermint is the perfect companion for any holiday indulgence.