A heat-busting, heart-strengthening cocktail for the dog days to come. We sip these fortifying refreshers on hot evenings, with sprigs of mint from the balcony garden. Pomegranate juice helps lower cholesterol, and is loaded with more antioxidants than almost any other fruit. The blend we buy also incorporates blueberry juice, which is another superfruit that has multiple benefits, on top of tasting really great. Pomegranate juice is very high in natural sugars – containing more carbs per volume than Coca-Cola – so dose carefully.
The Purple Heart
2 oz. vodka
3 oz. pomegranate juice (blends with blueberry, cherry, and açai also work well)
Soda or sparkling water
Half fill a large glass with ice. Pour in the vodka and pomegranate juice, and top up with soda or sparkling water. Add a good squeeze of lime juice, and some bruised mint. (Slapping mint leaves between flat palms does a fine job of releasing the volatile oils.) Enjoy!