Boy, have I been on a chia kick lately! First I wrote about the incredible benefits of chia seeds, including (but certainly not limited to):
8 times more omega-3s than salmon 70% more protein than soy beans 25% more fiber than flaxseed 6 times more calcium than milk 30% more antioxidants than blueberries
Honestly, they're a miracle food. After seeing how wonderful these little guys are, I tried to find a couple cool (and delicious) ways to incorporate them into my diet. Enter Hibiscus Berry Chia Tea, a refreshing fruity beverage, and Sticky Bun Chia Seed Pudding, the yummiest, healthiest dessert you'll ever find.
Now I want to know – how can I get my chia seeds AND my booze, too? Sometime's mama's gotta have her relaxing glass of wine at the end of the day. You know what I'm saying, ladies.
Luckily, SELF had this amazing recipe for a (yes, alcoholic!) tart cherry chia cocktail with sparkling wine and elderberry liqueur! Follow the easy steps below to make your own, and get healthy while you booze. ;)
Tart Cherry Chia Cocktail
Makes 4 drinks. Recipe adapted from SELF.
What You'll Need
6 ounces (3/4 cup) 100% tart cherry juice (try to find one with no added sugar or flavoring)
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) St. Germain elderberry liqueur
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) seltzer water or club soda
2 tablespoons black or white chia seeds
8 ounces (1 cup) Champagne or sparkling white wine, chilled
How To Make
1. Combine tart cherry juice, St. Germain, seltzer, and chia seeds in a medium measuring cup. Whisk to combine, then let stand for about 20 minutes.
2. Allow the mixture to chill in the fridge until cold (about 30 min to an hour), then whisk again before using. This makes about 1 cup of cherry-chia gel, which will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks (so you can totally make it ahead of time!)
3. When you're ready to serve, evenly distribute cherry chia gel into your best champagne flutes. Top with Champagne or sparkling wine. Gently stir just before serving to evenly distribute chia seeds and give a beautiful presentation. Serve with cocktail stirrers for maximum enjoyment!
I honestly can't wait to try this one, and I'm so excited to hear your reactions. Will you be testing this recipe out soon? Let us know how it goes! :D