This toning celery tonic can masquerade as a holiday cocktail, naughty or nice. With alcohol, this falls into the category of “Detox-Retox” my name for cocktails that offer some green goodness. It doesn’t really work out as even cancellation of good for bad, but I like to think so. Some fresh vitamins and minerals from real greens and fruit in your drink are better than none at all. Starting with the healthiest….
NICE – THE TONING TONIC
Celery is truly great for digestion and for reducing bloating, which are certainly linked to looking and physically feeling your best. This is thanks to *NBP, celery’s oily compound and its unique sodium to potassium combination. When combined with some other tricks and good old exercise, increased celery consumption can definitely contribute to healthy weight loss.
Celery can reduce water weight, which shows off muscle tone (hence the name ;). These elements combined with the liver cleansing effects of dear celery are great when you went a little too far on the weekend, had a hedonistic holiday or just need to clean up your act.
NAUGHTY – CELERY GIN SPARKLER
If you are still in weekend/holiday party mode, need some new cocktail inspiration or just want to add some green goodness, then try this! Add a shot of Gin or Vodka to keep the party rolling with this refreshing cocktail. Skip all the processed sugar of tonic water and swap it for a kick of grapefruit and celery for a bitter-sour balance from real fruit and veggies. Cheers to the Detox Retox!
You’ll need sparkling water, some grapefruit and celery hearts for garnish (the most inner stalks of the celery, with some leaves attached) and a good Gin, I used Tanqueray. Same ingredients and preparation, but strain it well. Add a shot of gin over ice, pour in 3 fingers of Toning Tonic and a splash of sparkling water.
The Toning Tonic/Celery Gin Sparkler
Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2 Tonics, or 4 small cocktails
2 stalks of celery, roughly chopped
1 pink grapefruit, with the peel cut off
1 handful of spinach
1 small handful of parsley, chopped (stems too, finely)
1 apple, cored and chopped
1 large glass of water (300ml)
Optional Sweetener: small squeeze of honey or stevia to taste
(Naughty) Sparkling Water, Ice & Gin
First ensure you cut off all the pith from the grapefruit (the white skin attached to the peel and the outside of the fruit – it will make your smoothie bitter). You can quarter the grapefruit and dig out seeds or strain the whole smoothie later. Layer your chopped celery, apple, grapefruit and spinach on top in the blender, pour the water in and blend.
Strain it for grapefruit seeds and celery fibers if your blender didn’t pulverize them, you’ll still preserve the toning tonic benefits, just miss out on the fiber. The honey suggestion adds to the sugar content, but will even out the tart flavour if it’s too much for you.
*NBP, also known as 3-n-butylphthalide