Yup, this healing grapefruit margarita has ingredients to help with your hangover… but, hey, it’s still an awesome cocktail!
This is a first for me. This is the first time I have ever posted a cocktail recipe!
My goal with this cocktail creation was to come up with a drink recipe that would actually help “heal” a hangover. A little “hair-of-the-dog” with healing powers.
I absolutely love to go out to a bar or restaurant with a great cocktail menu. I love all of those retro drinks that are showing up now. And the descriptions of them always blow me away… they suck me right in and make me want to order many more than I need.
My problem has always been that alcohol gives me bad headaches.
I started to think about how to fix this issue. I mean, I help people with elimination diets all of the time. By eliminating certain foods for a month or so I can figure out what’s causing problems. Hmmmm….. if this works with food, why not with alcohol….
So, I’ve been experimenting with myself. I now know that wine (both red and white) are the worst offenders for me. I also learned that if I eat bread or sugar with my meal, that the effects of alcohol on my headaches are magnified. Also, I’m starting to think that clear alcohol is better for me (if there is such a thing as an alcohol that’s better…). This is too bad, because I love a good Manhattan! But, all is not lost, because I do love tequila.
And, yay for me… tequila seems to work just fine for me… in moderation.
By the way, if you love grapefruit as much as I do, buy an extra one and make these quick easy grapefruit wedges to munch on!
So, I created this cocktail with ingredients that will both reduce the effects of a hangover the night before, and “heal” your sorry state in the morning at brunch. Welcome to my Healing Grapefruit Margarita. If you are looking for more ways to help your hangover, look at this blog post.
Here’s why this is good for your hangover:
Grapefruit helps detoxify the body — which is exactly what you need to do to get the excess alcohol out of your system. It is high in vitamin C and lycopene. Vitamin C will help keep away a cold and lycopene is one of the things that helps keep your body from producing tumors. Eating grapefruit really does cool your body off, so if you are feeling overheated, grab this fruit. It’s also good for the digestion, can lower cholesterol, and helps boost your immune system.
Strawberries help get rid of excess alcohol in your body and they are good for your heart and they even help reduce plaque in your mouth. They will make you feel better if you have an annoying dry cough or if you feel bloated from eating too much. So, if you’ve overindulged, strawberries are great for you.
Limes help to regenerate fluids, so they are great to combat any dehydration symptoms that sometimes can accompany alcohol consumption. They also contain a lot of vitamin C and they can actually help energize you.
In Asian medicine, we use coconut to strengthen the body, reduce swelling, and stop bleeding. Coconut kills viruses, bacteria, and parasites. It’s good for all types of infections and viruses in the body, including the flu, bronchitis, tapeworms, urinary tract infections, and herpes. This margarita has some coconut water to help with hydration and to give you all of the amazing benefits of coconut.
- 1 or 2 oz tequila (depends how much hair-of-the-dog you are looking for)
- ½ a pink grapefruit, peeled and cut up
- 3 strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- juice of one lime
- 2 Tbs coconut water (here's an organic one you can buy)
- lime wedges for garnish
- Put the grapefruit, strawberries, lime juice and coconut water in a blender. Whiz it up until combined well.
- Pour into a glass.
- Add ice cubes and tequila.
- Garnish with extra lime.