Strawberry Probiotic Cocktail

This Strawberry Probiotic Cocktail is a refreshing drink and a great way to sip on something this summer that’s good for your gut.

Strawberry Probiotic Cocktail

In one of my conversations with my fave gut-health guru Kate Scarlata (you may recall she’s joined me on the podcast more than once), I learned that wine – thanks to its polyphenol content – is now considered a “prebiotic.” [Prebiotics are different than probiotics but both promote good gut health.]

Let’s be honest. Classifying wine as anything in addition to its already heavenly nature makes the world a happier place.

But as much as I love a cold glass Pinot Gris or a smooth sip of a big Cabernet, I am learning they don’t always love me back. Listen to The Sleep Episode for more on this topic.

I’m not sure when my nightly glass of wine started messing with me, but I am sure that I can’t drink it as frequently as I used to. That’s probably a good thing though, honestly. What’s the point of reducing sugar in your desserts if you’re just going to load up on alcohol calories at night anyway? 

The thing is, though, cocktails – read: liquor – doesn’t seem to have the same sleep disturbing effect on me… yet. (As with all things health-related on this unmillennial side of 40, I realize this could literally change overnight.)

So what’s a gal to do if she wants to reap the “good gut health” benefits of an adult beverage, but is forgoing wine for the time being?

Well, this I guess:

I first created this cocktail, which used sparkling water rather than a probiotic drink, following a trip to Mexico with my husband. It still stands out in our minds as a refreshing, but complex mixture of flavors.

The addition of the probiotic is such a nice touch… not too sweet, but adding a nice burst of lemon flavor. I’m a fan of both the Lemon-Ginger and Lemon-Cayenne Kevita drinks, so take your pick of the two when choosing one to use in this probiotic cocktail.

Or, if you prefer your gut health in a glass to be wine instead, have one and think of me. I promise not to lose any sleep over your choice.

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Strawberry Probiotic Cocktail

Strawberry Probiotic Cocktail

This Strawberry Probiotic Cocktail is a refreshing drink and a great way to sip on something this summer that’s good for your gut.

  • Author: Regan Jones

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Muddle together strawberries, ginger, and cilantro until crushed and juicy; add vodka and let stand 2 to 3 minutes. Fill a glass half-full with ice; strain strawberry mixture over ice. Squeeze juice from lime wedge into glass; top with a probiotic drink.

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