Surely your feed is flooded with holiday recipes: hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and desserts.  But have you considered enhancing your favorite mixed drink with probiotics? What better way to celebrate the magic of your digestive track than by sipping a probiotic cocktail with family and friends.

Alcohol and Probiotics

Unsuprisingly, research has shown that over-consuming alcohol can disrupt the natural balance of your digestive tract, increasing your risk of ulcers.  In addition to increased production of stomach acid, drinking alcohol is one of the main risk factors in the development of gastritis — a condition that can cause indigestion, nausea and vomiting.

Besides the long term risk of ulcers and gastritis, many of us are afflicted with alcohol’s short term payback — the hangover.  “Probiotics actually help to metabolize the alcohol as well as breakdown products of alcohol,” says hangover specialist Jason Burke, MD.   So why not add a shot of probiotics into your mixed drink this holiday season.  Pre-tox with a probiotic and avoid that nasty hangover.

Probiotic Cocktail Recipes

Probiotic Pimm’s Cup

Pimm’s No. 1 is a gin-based potation made in England from dry gin, liqueur, fruit juices, and spices. Also, Pimm’s Cup is still the traditional drink of Wimbledon, with visitors to the matches consuming some 40,000 pints a year.

  • 1 tsp SCD Herbal Probiotics
  • 1/2-inch thick English cucumber wheel
  • 1/2-inch thick lemon wheel
  • 2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1
  • 4 ounces 7UP, lemon-lime soda, or ginger ale
  • lemon twist

First, gently muddle the cucumber and lemon slices in a chilled highball glass. Then, pour in the Pimm’s, SCD Herbal Probiotics, and 7UP, lemon-lime soda, or ginger ale.  Stir to combine. Lastly, add ice to fill the glass and garnish with the lemon twist.

 

Old Fashioned with Probiotics

Paul Clarke from Serious Eats says it “predates not only the motor car, but the presidency of Abe Lincoln.”  Clearly, the Old Fashioned is a timeless classic but why not update it for the 21st century by adding liver-supporting probiotics.

In an Old Fashioned glass, muddle the bitters, sugar, orange wheel, cherry and a splash (or more) of soda. Then, remove the orange rind, add the bourbon and SCD Herbal Probiotics and fill with ice. Finally, garnish with a fresh orange wheel and cherry.

So give your liver and stomach a boost.  Almost surely, they will be working overtime for you.  And making these probiotic cocktail recipes will add a splash of health to your celebration this holiday season.