3 Grapefruit Drinks Guaranteed To Revitalize Your Health All Season Long
Whip up these easy and refreshing mocktails.
Grapefruits are bursting with tart yet subtly sweet flavors and plenty of nutrients. Although this citrus fruit is in-season during winter, enjoying grapefruit juice supplies you with its health benefits all year round. These benefits include helping to curb cravings, keeping skin wrinkle-free, and lowering blood pressure. You can sip grapefruit juice on its own, but there’s a chance it’ll be too bitter for your taste buds. So, combine the juice with other ingredients like lime juice and fresh mint to tame the tartness. This allows you to create a nutritious drink that’s refreshing to sip on warm spring days. Here are three delicious recipes for grapefruit drinks that involve using five ingredients or less.
Grapefruit Juice Benefit #1: It controls hunger
Research published in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism suggests that you can kickstart weight loss by drinking a cup of grapefruit a day. In the observational study, participants who enjoyed the drink before meals ate fewer calories daily for 12 weeks compared to those who only drank water. This benefit is likely due to grapefruit’s rich fiber content, which helps you feel fuller.
Grapefruit Juice Benefit #2: It Erases wrinkles
Grapefruit juice is packed with vitamin C, which may keep your skin smooth and resilient as you age. In fact, a 2017 review of studies found that consuming vitamin C helps boost collagen production, increase skin moisture, and improve elasticity over time.
Grapefruit Juice Benefit #3: It helps lower blood pressure
Packed with heart-healthy potassium, grapefruit juice could help keep blood vessels relaxed to reduce blood pressure. In fact, a 2012 study found that participants who enjoyed the fruit every day for six weeks experienced significant decreases in their total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein levels.
Grapefruit Ginger Surprise
- 2 rosemary sprigs
- 1 lime, juiced
- ½ cup grapefruit juice
- 12 ounces ginger beer
In cocktail shaker, muddle first 3 ingredients. Cover; shake. Strain into 4 glasses; top with ginger beer. Makes 4 servings.
Grapefruit Mojito Mocktail
- 1 cup mint leaves
- ¼ cup lime juice
- ¼ cup simple syrup
- 12 ounces grapefruit juice
- 8 ounces club soda
In cocktail shaker, muddle first 3 ingredients; add grapefruit juice. Cover; shake. Strain into 4 glasses. Top with club soda. Makes 4 servings.
Grapefruit Thyme Fizz
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup thyme sprigs
- 1 ½ cups grapefruit juice
- 4 cups sparkling water
In pot, simmer sugar, thyme and ½ cup water 10 minutes; strain. Let cool. Divide syrup and remaining ingredients among 4 ice-filled glasses. Makes 4 servings.
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A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.