Whether you do yoga, go to the gym three or four times a week, eat healthier meals with less oil, less salt, less sugar, or choose organic products, many people falter over alcohol, or like me, has the continual struggle between to drink or not to drink. There is an irreconcilable contradiction between health and drinking.
Recently there is a wine that associates its brand with health. The Nolet family in the Netherlands, who produced Ketel One Vodka, has launched a healthy version of its product, Ketel One Botanical. This healthy version vodka is distilled with plants, natural extracts of fruit and plant extracts. It has low alcohol concentration, low calories, no carbohydrates, no fat, and no added sugar or artificial flavors.
Compared to traditional vodka, Botanical’s alcohol concentration is at 30%, which is 10% lower than the traditional. Compared to white grape wine, Botanical has only 73 calories per 1.5 ounces, whereas white grape wine contains 121 calories per 1.5 ounces and regular vodka containing 110 calories per 1.5 ounces.
Prepare a wine glass with ice. Pour in 1.5 ounces of Ketel One Botanical with 3 ounces of sparkling water and decorate it with herbs, orange peel or fresh fruit. This refreshing summer drink has only about 80 calories, so those who like to live healthily may continue to drink without pressure.
2 slices cucumber
1 slice serrano or jalapeño chili
6 mint leaves
1 ounce lime juice
1 teaspoon agave
1½ ounces Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint
2 ounces club soda
1 sprig mint
1 slice lime
Directions: Muddle cucumber, serrano chili, and mint leaves with lime juice and agave syrup in a shaker. Add Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint and lightly shake with ice for 8 seconds. Strain into a glass over ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a mint sprig and a lime wheel.
Sumac Salty Dog
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon sumac
1 slice of grapefruit
1½ ounces Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose
2 ounces fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
1½ ounces Fever Tree club soda
1 grapefruit twist
Directions: Mix the sumac and salt in a small bowl. Pour the mixture out evenly on a small, flat plate. Take a rocks glass and rub the rim with a slice of grapefruit, then gently dip the rim into the sumac salt. Put ice cubes into the sumac-salt-rimmed glass. Add the remaining ingredients and garnish with a grapefruit twist.
Peach & Flowers
3½ ounces chilled chamomile tea
1½ ounces Ketel One Botanical Peach & Orange Blossom
¾ ounce lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
Directions: Brew 2 bags of chamomile tea in 4 ounces of hot water; let it steep and cool. Remove the tea bags from the cooled chamomile tea, then combine it with lemon juice, Ketel One Botanical, and honey. Serve over ice.