Winos rejoice: one to two alcoholic drinks per day has been found to decrease risk for the most common kind of stroke, ischemic strokes, by as much as 10%. Red wine is considered the most beneficial alcohol because it contains resveratrol, which is thought to protect the heart and brain. But beware—any more than two drinks a day can significantly increase your risk for all kinds of strokes.
We’ve put together a list of a few easy summer cocktail recipes to help you get in your one to two drinks this summer. Make a pitcher, invite a couple of friends over, and toast to your health!
Grapefruit Cucumber Gin Fizz
This refreshing gin cocktail delights the tongue with tart sweetness, fresh mint, and a fizzy finish. You can easily adapt the recipe by swapping grapefruit juice for your preferred citrus or fresh fruit juice. Suggestions include: mango, blood orange, or even strawberry.
If you love margaritas but want to steer clear of super-sweet margarita mixes, try a Paloma. It’s a refreshing tequila-based cocktail made with fresh lime and grapefruit juices. Garnish your drink with a fresh-cut lime for added zest.
Red Wine Sangria
Want to gain the benefit of that heart-healthy resveratrol? Whip up a pitcher of red wine sangria. With three different types of alcohol, this one’s a doozy, so take it slow. Use fresh squeezed orange juice to really take the flavor up a notch.
A mixture of fresh lime juice, sparking water, and mint, there’s nothing more satisfying to sip on a hot summer’s evening than a classic mojito. With only five ingredients, it’s easy to make in a pitcher, too. Use fresh lime and fresh mint leaves for the most refreshing flavor.